For Mass on May 15, I attended the 10:30 am Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar in Creve Ceour.
Our Lady of the Pillar is administered by the Society of Mary or the Marianists. This is the order of priests that run Chaminade, which just happens to be right next door. This order also runs St. Mary's, where my dad just happened to go.
Our Lady of the Pillar strongly resembled St. Raphael which reminded me of a New England Church, except Our Lady of the Pillar had a great deal more marble. No stained glass windows though.
The music was accompanied by an organ and the youth choir who played handbells. The young singers and ringers sounded lovely.
Opening: Lift High the Cross
Communion: Feed My Lambs, Tend My Sheep and Joyous Cup
Closing: This Day Was Made By the Lord
I did not recognize the Mass Setting, which was one I've never heard before.
Father said that we were called to be people of joy. We are chosen for love. Christ wants to be our friend (He hasn't friended me on facebook :( ) We are ads for Christian life (oh dear). The last few Gospels have been about prayer (uhm...thought they were about Christ rising from the dead and all that...) Pray affects all because it works. As much as we all want to be leaders, we are followers. There are many famous shepherds in the Old Testament: Jacob, Moses, David. Father then mentioned something about Luke or what Luke was emphasizing that I missed. Basically there are 2 types of shepherds and I missed it. Jesus is the shepherd. He wants to care for us but sheep are stubborn. A good shepherd brings them back. Jesus was telling the Pharisees that there is something more important. Sometimes us sheep don't hear. We need to be gatekeepers. We need to open the gates in our hearts and let Christ in.
Next somebody came and talked about the ACA, yes it is that time of year again. The ACA supports a variety of good works in the Archdiocese. Fr. B suggests that you give up McDonalds and donate that money ;)
Father used Eucharistic Prayer III and there were no bells. Father's vestments were really nice.
Yesterday was Good Shepherd Sunday and apparently World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We should all pray that our young peoples (and I would be one...barely) find their vocation in life and encourage them to ponder life as a priest, or as a religious woman or man. :) Perhaps I would be Sister Snup (oh there's something to give one nightmares) if someone would have taken the time to talk with me seriously about what religious women did.
Our Lady of the Pillar
View From the Back Pew
Website of Our Lady of the Pillar
Pictures from Rome of the West.