Jul 3, 2005

L.A. Masses

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

7 Comments:

Blogger Karen said...

I'm sick and my whole family is sick, so we won't have any heresies to report today. I hope someone else will, because it won't feel like Sunday in L.A. without hearing something outrageous from a Catholic priest.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

St. Genevieve's(http://www.stgenevievechurch.org/) was fine this morning at 8am. Father Joel was the celebrant. His homily focused on where to go when we are in despair, instructing us to turn to the ways of the Lord, and seek the gentle and humble path (as opposed to the violent of forceful). He stressed the importance of humility and innocence; as an example of the power of innocence, he reflected on the Blessed Mother's appearances at Lourdes and Fatima to children. Father also made a reference (approvingly) of seeing people, in times of need, praying in front of the reserved Sacrament and how much it encouraged him. It was strange though, because he didn't actually say that they were praying in front of the Tabernacle, just alluded to it.

Since I plan on participating in this thread every week, I'll try not to belabor the point, but St. G's does have it's fair share of liturgical abuses: Precious Blood is poured into separate vessels after consecration; too many EMCs; EMCs take the cups from the altar themselves; procession for Communion starts before the Agnus Dei is finished; and others I am forgetting.

As I've said on this blog before, I think St. G's is a good parish with some good, young priests. If you're ever in the Valley on a Sunday, it's definitely a good option.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous jay said...

I walked out after the Eucharist, so I didn't hear the monthly rant of a person who the pastor has described as a servant of Satan. In other words, your typical L.A. Mass.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Quintero said...

I went to St. Peter Chanel in Hawaiian Gardens. It's a modern church building, but the Tabernacle is in the center behind the altar (actually behind large glass doors where one can also go for adoration). The priest who said the Mass gave a great homily which is what I have come to expect when I go there.

Did anyone visit Our Lady of the Angles' Cathedral today? Did they put the handcuffs on display in the Sexual Abuse chapel?

3:37 PM  
Blogger C S said...

Quintero,

I was pleased to see that St. Peter's is staffed by OMV's. Here in Boston they run St. Clement's Shrine as well as St. Francis Chapel (which is actually in a large Mall). They're orthodox, and awesome! Great homilists, and great confessors! I actually was discerning joining them for awhile, until God made it clear that He wanted me in the diocesan priesthood. I'd be surprised if much monkey business goes on there.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Yes, the OMV's are a great group. Their parish here in L.A. is, I think, one of the very few Catholic parishes around. My understanding is that the Congregation was established during the time of the suppression of the Jesuits. Their pastoral approach, therefore, is very Ignatian since they sought to continue the work of the once great Society of Jesus.

We need good diocesan priests. So hang in there!

9:59 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I managed to make it to Good Shepherd (Beverly Hills) at 5:30 p.m. It was the usual -- songs no one has ever heard of and the idiotic Mahony-mandated standing during communion. Although everyone does defy orders and kneel when they get back to their seats. I also don't like the Mahony-mandated starting of communion during the Agnus Dei, it's very distracting and weird. And there, the ushers usually make people go line up for commuinion long before time to begin receiving, which is also annoying and distracting. I do like the priest a lot. His homilies are not earth-shattering, but they also don't make me furious. And he is very reverent, which is always a nice surprise in L.A.

2:08 PM  

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