“Foreign Language”

So today I went to Mass at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, I’ve never really liked it at St. Helen’s, it’s always been a bit too fake, a little too insincere, etc. And now with the “new” (new for me, old for everyone else) church, it doesn’t really feel like a Catholic Church, it feels more like a Protestant church.

And coming back from Korea, where I mainly went to Mass celebrated by Irish priests, it was a definite culture-shock, and not just for the fact that there really weren’t any Korean people and that everyone kneeled instead of standing. It seemed a bit long compared to the Masses that I’ve been to in other places around the world. And the laymen Eucharistic mininsters, was a bit odd for me, as was all the touching, hand-shaking, etc. Add to that the very Protestant sounding homily and other things that was a bit too much for me.

And sadly, it was a bit too much that next Sunday, I’m going to go the Mass at St. Andrew Kim’s, where it will be more “normal” for me.

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One response to ““Foreign Language”

  1. Sadness. Though I can understand that you don’t have the same “this is home” feeling toward St. Helen as I do. My feeling is just that: it’s not perfect, it definitely has flaws, but it’s home to me, & I still enjoy going there. I don’t hold hands during the Our Father, and sometimes the homilies do seem a bit watered down, but I like that I know it, that it’s where I received sacraments. It makes me happy to see Christene as part of the music liturgy and Sean as an altar server. To each her own, I guess.

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