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.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Having no electricity should not affect Mass!

Two days after the pass of hurricane Irene, many people are still without electricity in some areas, including some of our Catholic Parishes. Torrential downpours flooded many of the streets around New Providence today making it extremely difficult to maneuver around the island.

As evening approached the question in our minds were whether or not there would be Church service. The Church teaches us that we are expected to attend Mass every Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation unless there is a valid reason as to why we are unable. To miss Mass during these occasions is a mortal sin. Some of the reasons why one may not be able to attend are: having to work, illness, even severe weather.

Besides having to drive through rain filled roads and a parking lot at Church that looked like a lake, members were greeted with warm conditions as the electricity at Church including nearby residents had not yet been restored. Considering the conditions that had been presented on the evening of Saturday Mass there were still a good turnout of parishioners.

It's good to know that many still take their faith very seriously. It amazes me when I ask someone if they will be going to Church  and they reply casually "no". When asked why they reply, "I went last week or I just don't feel like it". The third commandment states that we are to keep the Sabbath Holy. We Christians recognize Sunday as our Sabbath day, the Lord's Day. Jews on the other hand consider Saturday their Sabbath.

It's fine to watch Church service on television, but it should not take the place of communal service. This is why Sunday worship is necessary as we are to celebrate Mass in communion with others, just how Jesus had intended. During the times when Jesus worshipped in the synagogue he did not have air-condition to keep himself comfortable. Having to spend a minimum of one hour without lights  during Mass should be a walk in the park for being able to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Do not allow satan to make you pass on Church just because there is no electricity or because of a little rain.

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