Jun 26, 2005

L.A. Masses

Anything to report, good or bad, about Sunday Mass in L.A. today?


Anonymous jay said...

Last week, a college student from the American Life League spoke about abortion and the "Catholic" poliiticians who support it. Hmmm... I doubt I'll ever hear someone speak out against pro-abort pols taking Communion at St. Monica (guess why!)

9:18 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Sunday at Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills at 6 p.m. Music is always almost non-existent at that Mass, but the priest was a retired bishop -- I don't think he ever told us his name -- and he was terrific. Homily was great, communion was reverent, 99 percent of the congregation defiantly kneeled. After Mass they were selling raffle tickets for dinner with Bishop Clark. We bought 40. I don't think the bishop will be happy if I win.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was wondering, without kneelers, do people in the LA 'Cathedral' sit during consecration? Also, can anyone tell me if they hold hands during the 'Our Father'?


11:54 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Anonymous -

In the nave of the Cathedral, the pews do have kneelers and the few times I have attended Mass there, people do kneel.

Now in the presbyterium of the Cathedral where the altar is and also Mahony's cathedra, there are chairs on the sides and behind the altar area. According to the "Roamin' Catholic" piece referenced in my post (Roamin' Catholic visits Mahony's Cathedral), Mahony told those who were seated in the aforementioned chairs during a Pentecost Sunday Mass that they should remain standing during the Eucharistic prayer. Why? There are no kneelers attached to the chairs which were obviously designed to discourage kneeling. Kneeling is bad according to the modern liturgists.

As to the question of holding hands during the Our Father, Mahony has explicitly stated in his pastoral letter, "Gather Faithfully Together," that this practice should cease. Instead, the Cardinal wants everyone in the congregation to assume the so-called "orans" posture blurring futher the distinction between the ministerial priesthood and the common priesthood of the faithful. As far as I can see, this really hasn't caught on in most places in L.A. In the parishes where it is done, it looks like you've walked into a liquor store during a holdup.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola Quintero,

Thanks for answering my questions.


12:55 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Anonymous -

Thanks for visiting my blog!

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Q -

I was out of town this weekend, so have nothing to report. However, I think this post is a great idea. Perhaps you can post a similar inquiry every Sunday.


8:13 AM  
Anonymous Quintero said...

Mike -

That's exactly what I had in mind. I hope you will become a regular "post-er" here. Any interesting Mass experiences outside of L.A. this past weekend?

9:53 AM  
Blogger C S said...

"Liquor store during a hold up", thank you! But please tell me, the next time I see this in a Mass how am I supposed to keep a straight face?!

10:35 PM  

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