Monday, June 5

Another disappointing mass at St. Jude

These past couple of weeks have been super busy for me. Last weekend and this weekend I've been spending way too much time and money on what I've dubbed "Xtreme! Loft Makeover" of my home. We've gotten a new couch, new shelves, new lighting, a new piece of art, etc. It looks great, but I've been busy.

Since we shopped all day on Saturday, I knew I'd be super busy doing projects all day Sunday. Not the best way to keep the Sabbath Day holy, but I figured I'd do some resting later in the day. I got up early and went to 9:30a Mass at St. Jude Chapel so I would have plenty of time to work on my home later in the day.

That place has gone downhill, for lack of a better word, since Fr. C left. It makes me really sad, because I *really* wanted to go to church there, but I just don't like it. Here are some of the changes that have happened to the Sunday Mass since Fr. C left:

  • No "ringing of the bells" to start Mass (there's no big church bells there, but there's a little set of bells by the door of the sacristy that they would ring to start Mass)
  • No incense
  • No Cantor for either Sunday Mass
  • No receiving of both species of communion, only the host
  • People reading the Scriptures from books other than the big fancy Red one (i.e. from papers or from the Missal)
  • Things left on altar after serving of communion (BIG pet peeve of mine - I'll always remember when Fr. C said to me "The Altar is a place to bring in the son of God, not a bookshelf")

On top of what I consider to be minor liturgical abuses and just loss of the "smells and bells", the priest's homilies are ... well, I just don't like them. He brings up pieces of paper, so I know he's prepared it to some extent, but he just rambles and goes on tangents about "current events" without telling enough about them for those of us who don't know all about them, and things like that.

I'm so sad as to what's happened to St. Jude. I don't necessarily need Fr. C there to be happy there, but when he was there, it was reverent and the homilies were very spiritual, and Fr. C always did the best he could to make sure that the service was the best that it could be. Now the Sunday service isn't even as complete as the weekday Mass I attend at Holy Family. I really wanted that to be my "home church" but I can't handle going there and not being spiritually nurtured. I need a good homily, I need good music, and I really like receiving both species, at least on Sunday.

I think next Sunday I'll go to St. Peter's again. I really liked going there. Great music, great people, nice and small ... it was very nice.


At 10:59 PM, Blogger Moneybags said...

I think you should find another parish. As a very traditional, younger Catholic and one aspiring to the priesthood, I share your concerns. I want incense used much more and I would ring bells at the start of Mass. I'd also like my future parish to have a cantor at each Mass, and I will incorporate Latin into the Mass.

I'm a big fan of Sacred Tradition. I have never been to a Tridentine Mass but I watched one on a VHS Tape before. It was Heaven on earth. I'm actually discerning whether or not to join a religious order that would allow we to celebrate the Tridentine Mass.

Please pray for me in my discernment.

God bless you and your great blog!

At 8:38 AM, Anonymous cleticcherokee said...

That's great Moneybags! I will pray for YOU today!

Cynthia, I know what you mean. Fr. C's are few and far between. He's doing better BTW... keep praying for him.

Oddly, all the things you mentioned aobut the Mass are traditional except receiving under both Species. Receiving the blood of Christ is not a norm in Europe, and has only in our generation become one here. Fortunately, as you know, HE is present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Host alone.
The chapel is so convenient for you; I'm sorry it is no longer the home that you knew, but so grateful that it was there when you needed it.... and came to the Faith!
blessings and peace, and a prayer for you today that you find 'Home' soon.

At 5:34 AM, Blogger Sho Would Be Nice said...

Boy, can I share in your post today!! Our most wonderful pastor left us last April right before Easter and it was devastating to everyone. He had a way of "setting the scene" so that when we came to Mass we'd get the most out of the experience. He brought the bells back to our parish, he brought both species in for communion....he even started Perpetual Adoration at our parish...24/7...and my husband and I participated for 4 years (we stopped because our hour was 2AM-3AM on Wednesday mornings...and we just couldn't continue doing that hour any longer). And his parish mission(s).....far supurb to any retreat or mission I attended and paid for! He also inspired the CYO, Sodality, Boy Scouts, RCIA, Pine Street Inn Food Group, The Food Pantry, the other organizations in town and the community with his inspiration. No one we've had since then (and we've got through 3 new pastor yet) has been able to bring about the spirit of the parish like Father Reed. I know in my heart, it's supposed to be the parishoners who are "the Church", yet can see how we come to depend upon a spiritual leader and someone who guides us. Father Reed is now the director of BCTV in Boston. It's the Catholic TV Station here. If you get a chance, check out the archives of TV shows he bring to us daily. It does get discouraging....but I truly believe it's okay to seek out your spiritual home.


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