The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Thank goodness for summer; "No more Church"

Schools are closed for the summer, families are planning for vacation and the pews at Church are beginning to look a bit empty. Are you noticing the trend in your Parish? Have you ever heard someone say that they do not go to Church during the summer? No need to be surprised, as this is reality. This trend is also prevalent in other Church groups as well.
Don't get me wrong, a big factor, as to why there is a dramatic reduction in the number of  empty seats during summer is due in part to summer vacation. The majority of Bahamians venture towards the U.S for summer vacation with a small number visiting an island where their grandparents probably still reside. While on vacation are you taking your sacred obligation to attend Mass seriously. You should not for a minute think that summer is a time to put aside your duty as a Christian until you return to your normal routine.

Taking the time to visit a Parish while on vacation can open your eyes to the awesome gift of freedom we have to celebrate Mass and the Holy Eucharist. Faithful Catholics from certain parts of the world risk their lives daily to attend Mass, so stop for a moment to think of how privileged we are to attend Mass as often as we can and not just an obligation. While away on vacation make it a point to get to Mass. Besides planning your schedule for the tours that you will be taking, events and parks you will be visiting, take the time to search out a nearby Parish to commune universally with the one true Catholic Church.

How easy it has become for us to find so many excuses why we take off from Church during the summer. Here are my top five reasons "WHY NOT TO GO TO CHURCH DURING THE SUMMER"...Can you relate to any of them?

1. Our Priest is on vacation, so I know he will not miss me. (Okay so the man who is "in persona Christi" will not know that you skipped Church, but what about the big guy above.)
  • The devil loves to make us believe that no one will know. I believe it's time to hit the confessional.

2. As hot as summer are these days, it's just too uncomfortable. (Let's think about this for a moment, did the Church just come into existence when air-conditions were invented.
  • Open those Church windows and let the passing motorist and pedestrians hear how much you love praising the Lord. Besides, your Church bulletins make great fans.

3. CCD is closed. (I can't tell you how much I've waited for the coordinators to say that CCD is closed for the summer. With school closed and CCD closed I can now sleep in late. No one to keep record of whether my child is attending Mass.
  • As impressionable as our kids are today, is this the correct attitude to display to them? We then wonder why they leave the Church when they become young men and women.

4. I'll be away on vacation. (I am taking a break from everything. Isn't it nice to sleep in late, get up when you wish and not worry about anything in the world? Church will be there when I return home.
  • Other Parishes around the world would love to have you visit them. Do a little homework while planning your vacation to include searching for a nearby Church. I'm sure there is one on just about every block in the U.S.
5. There's not very many people at Church during summer. (The Church seems too empty and I have to sing that much harder, and that may not be a good thing.)
  • If everyone thought like that we might as well schedule to close the doors from June 1st to September 1st. Let it begin with you to make the difference, and while you're at it, take a friend along with you to Church. As bad as you believe your singing is, I'm sure God thinks otherwise.
So you see, we should never think of summer break as a break from God. God must come first in our lives. When we neglect to participate at Mass with the Universal Church even while on vacation for reasons other than sickness or the lack to find a Parish, it takes the place of God.

As prescribed in Canon Law 1246 and 1247 respectively; the Church clearly states that "The Lord's Day, on which the paschal mystery is celebrated, is by apostolic tradition to be observed in the universal Church as the primary holy day of obligation. On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to assist at Mass." The Catechism of the Catholic Church item number 2181 further teaches us that those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin (grave sin being mortal sin).

While on vacation, check out the website http://www.masstimes.org/ to find a Parish near you, so to avoid the temptation of avoiding Church thereby committing mortal sin.

1 comment:

  1. This article is quite timely. I've actually heard someone say that they do not go to Church during the summer for one of the reasons listed; "too Hot".


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