I attended the 10 am Mass on May 22.
The Church is very old and on the small size.
The music was accompanied by a choir in the choir loft.
Opening: Sing A New Song
Offertory: We Are Many Parts
Communion: We Have Been Told
Closing: All the Ends of the Earth
Father acted as lector as well. He went through the community prayers, such as the Our Father and the Creed incredibly fast and I had a hard time keeping up. He used Penitential Rite B and what I think was Eucharistic Prayer II but he ad-libbed much of it. There were no bells at the Consecration.
Father's Homily was pretty long and seemed to meander a bit. Father started off the homily by discussing how John was a master storyteller and is able to bring the story alive and show the full power of it. Philip and Thomas, the dynamic duo, the Bobsey Twins (who???), speak on our behalf in the stories and represent us. Jesus seems to be vague in this Gospel. Where I am going, you know the way. Most people are mystified by this. If we don't know the way and where we are going, how are do we get there. Jesus says don't worry, He is the Way, the Truth and the Light (GPS = God Positioning System...bet He's always up to date). There is no salvation except through Jesus. Jesus is the only one that doesn't let us down (You said it Father) He is the Truth; the only thing we can count on (Can I get an Amen!). There is no life except through Jesus. Philip and Thomas set the stage for the teachings of Jesus. To see Jesus Christ is to see the Face of God. Jesus has shown His Face to us countless times, we just don't see (well, if He'd get Facetime...) We have a very active and hands-on God, whether we realize it or not. Wake up and smell the spiritual coffee. We are in the presence of God at all times. We can't recognize God's answers unless we look with eyes of Faith. Many times we act like God is not here. We are ever the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit.
I don't know why, but this Mass depressed me even more for some reason. So much so I'm considering quitting. I just don't see a point any more.
Our Lady, Help of Christians
View From the Back Pew
Holy Water Font
It's made of rocks commonly found in the area.
Window above door
Christ Resurrected, Victorious
Stained Glass Window
I liked the tie-dye/swirly colors.
Information from the Archdiocese
Pictures from Rome of the West