Thursday, January 8, 2009

Oh dear, this is a tough one

So I am researching parishes to find a "home base" near St. Pete Beach for Holy Week. So far, I have found a parish with a "praise band"(don't even what to know what that entails), one that is "gay friendly" and then another that is "multi-cultural". Dear Lord, what has happened? Even the parish with an EF about 45 min up the road has a Sunday evening Life Teen Mass. Blech. I am not THAT picky, but it is a holy season and I don't want to fall in the same trap that we had in Orlando 2 years ago(remember the huge shrine and the bathing suit Mass story, ahem...) So, we may return to ST. Jude's Shrine in St. Pete since they have a Sunday EF and it is close. We just need a place for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. If we can attend weekday Mass the following week, great but Holy Week is most important.
Okay, I found another that has the "theater in the round" theme going on with their "new church" plus a swimming po....er....large baptismal thing with um lots of water.
I give up for tonight. My brain hurts.

8 comments:

Cathy said...

Florida is a freeking liturgical wasteland.

WHEN IS SOMEONE GOING TO SEND SOME DECENT BISHOPS DOWN THERE??!!!

Ugh.

Makes me sick.

-Cathy

Samantha said...

are you talking about the Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine in Orlando? We went twice on vacation, and found it to be OK, but the gift shop is what I really look forward to.. is that bad of me?

a thorn in the pew said...

That's the one. My kids still refer to that place as the "church where people wore bathing suits". I think because it was very modern and full of tourists was what did us in. Maybe if we had been in the gift shop, it would have softened the effect of scantily clad beach goers at Mass. Oddly enough, the music was rather traditional. Def. a mixed bag. You may have hit it at a better time. We went to the Sunday eve Mass because we missed the EF in Sanford.

Sew Infertile said...

Oh I think you should go to the praise band! What is going on....Water it down so they will wander away. Sick sick sick

Adrienne said...

There are Catholics all over this country in the same predicament. Wandering in the desert....

Exspectantes said...

http://www.ecclesiadei.org/masses.cfm

Should have a list of EF parishes:)

Dymphna said...

Praise band=bad music.

ignorant redneck said...

Praise Band = Loud "Pentacostle Style" rock band singing about their good buddy or boyfriend, JEEEESsus. One of the most unfortunate manifestations of the morphing of Calvinistic puritanism with methodist emotionalism and fundamentalist oversimplification, set to music.

I don't go to Florida anymore, too wierd.