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Guest Post by Pam Tette: The Mass

February 28th, 2015, Promulgated by Administrator

Many years ago, while on vacation in Reno, NV, I had the pleasure of attending Sunday Mass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.   Reno, being a tourist location for Northern California  and Las Vegas, the church was packed. Before starting his sermon, the priest welcomed all visitors. The part of his sermon that has remained with me was this one point: “No matter where Catholics attend Mass, they can be sure that it is the same all over the world.”

That comforted me for many years, until I relocated to the Rochester area.  I have attended Mass in many parish churches. In large part, the Consecration seems to me to be one of the few, recognizable, contiguous and conforming aspects of the liturgy that resembles the ordinary Catholic rite. I have recognized Methodist, Lutheran,  and Nazarene influences.  I am confused. I am far from a Catholic historian, but since the Eucharist  was given to us by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, how can it be changed so much?  It seems as if the liturgy has been distorted and capitulated to the Protestant off shoots when our rites are changed.

I may not be well-spoken about my religion, but I do know that a cheerleader, what’s-up-dude religion doesn’t attract new priests and religious. I had the opportunity to attend a Latin Mass steeped with solemnity and ritual.  The beauty of the music and the formality truly conveyed the presence of God. Isn’t that the sense of worship Catholics should want to leave Mass with? I hope so.

Obviously, I haven’t visited every church in the area. There must be parishes within the Diocese that still recognize the solemnity and dignity of worship, parishes that convey their commitment to our immortal souls.  I hope those parishes are made known and better recognized.

We have entered the Lenten season. To me, this season should be dedicated to the awareness of Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross for us, for our souls. Our churches are just that:  OUR churches. We should make our feelings and intentions known to the parish priest that we desire a more meaningful presentation of the Mass, and not just a social gathering filled with back slapping or glad handing participants.

In closing, I would like to thank Bishop Matano for his attention to our needs. His restorations, while gradual, convey to me recognition that Catholicism is experiencing a renewed attention to what the Roman Catholic beliefs really are:  the saving of souls and not feel good entertainment.

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3 Responses to “Guest Post by Pam Tette: The Mass”

  1. avatar annonymouse says:

    Can the author be specifics – what exactly is different about the liturgy in the local parishes she’s visited, what exactly are the “Methodist, Lutheran and Nazarene” influences she’s noticed? Is it simply music she doesn’t care for, is it the preaching? I’m truly interested in knowing.

  2. avatar JLo says:

    Just tuning in… I, too, am interested in some specifics. Hope the guest writer enlightens us with some answers to annonymouse’s questions.

    In the meantime, since I’m sure we will not be listing churches that so disappoint, maybe we can start a list of those that fulfill. I believe such a listing would be helpful to so many. I nominate to a top spot on such a list St. Thomas the Apostle on St. Paul Blvd.: a beautiful, faithful, no-frills-and-nonsense Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form and the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass as well for those who want to attend Holy Mass in that form on Sundays. As Father Benedict Groeschel used to say, if your efforts fail to reform the liturgy in the parish you attend, “get in your car and drive”. St. Thomas the Apostle is a drive worth making. I’m sure there are more such parishes, and I wouild like to know of them. ???

    +JMJ

  3. avatar Hopefull says:

    I think it is fine to focus on excellent Catholic Church experiences, but more and more I realize that it is much less the church and parish community, and much more about the priest and how he celebrates Mass, in particular. I totally agree with JLo on St. Thomas the Apostle, but also want to say that without Fr. Bonsignore’s highly respectful and holy celebration, his sense of true worship, it would be just one more church. I find myself increasingly choosing Mass by who the priest is who will be saying the Mass.

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