"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Mass Chat: Let the chidden come to me... in their costumes.
"When I see children, I see the face of God." - Michael Jackson
So anyway, last evening was the costume ball Mass at my parish. I was not going to go but a friend said - that's your church, your community - you should be there. So I went.
The rehearsal for the kid's in the Halloween Costume Mass choir took place 20 minutes before Mass. The flat screens were working with videos of kids singing and dancing to Disney style Hanna Montana rock music and the kids were gyrating and singing along. During Mass the songs were not as raucous. The church was packed and very noisy. At the end of Mass all the little animals and witches and batmen and spidermen and queens and knights assembled on the sanctuary steps to pose for a group photo with Father and the deacons. There had to be over a hundred kids. Applause, applause, then final blessing. Father had nicely pulled together the meaning of it all right before the blessing - although I can't recall what he said.
I must say, the experience really wasn't all that bad. I wasn't angry or upset and I was able to remain somewhat recollected - by the grace of God to be sure. May He be praised forever.
New photo. Yes, one reader got tired of the smoking pope.