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.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

One good reason why!

As a professional pilot I am mandated by the aviation authorities to demonstrate competency of my piloting skills and abilities. This is done in a simulator that is an exact replica of the aircraft that I fly. Unfortunately all pilots of the airlines and charter companies of the Bahamas including the pilots of Bahamasair must have this done abroad; the frequency being every six months.

As an altar server at my Church in Nassau, I felt it important to inform the Deacon and other serving members that I was not going to be at Church this weekend. I feel that if you are a part of a team then it is only fair and cordial to seek pardon for your absence, as a courtesy that a replacement can be found.

Wichita Kansas is a very far place from my small island, but here I sit for 4 days as I await my fate. Every year for the past six years that I've been coming to Wichita, I have made it a point to ensure that I fulfill my Sunday obligation of attending Mass while I am here. With several Mass times to choose from I've enjoyed my visits at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church since first coming to Wichita.

Earlier this morning when I spoke to my family they too were getting ready to head to Church. Attending Mass every Sunday is no joking matter for my family. We take our obligation and duty as a member of the Catholic community very serious. As I got up from breakfast in the hotel lobby on my way back to my room, my family conference called me all excited to share a revelation with me. It was revealed to me(if I didn't realize) that we were all at Mass at the very same time, but in different parts of the world. Wow, I said to them, now how cool is that? I did not give it thought earlier until they reminded me, because Wichita is one hour behind and to honest I don't think my brain works that fast. :)

In any event, we were all in awe that my service started at 7:30am while they were seated in Sacred Heart Parish back home where service began at 8:30am. We were all connected as a community of the Catholic Churh saying the exact same prayers and hearing the exact same readings as were all of the Catholic Churches around the world. As I was receiving communion my children were probably receiving the body and blood of Christ at about the same time (my wife soon to follow in our footsteps at the Easter Service this year).

There's no wondering what was preached at one Church as opposed to another. The readings were exactly the same with the Gospel taken from Mark 1:29-39. Here we are told how Jesus healed many people after they all got word that he healed Simon's mother-in-law. Does this reading sound familiar to you?

While away from my family I do not have to wonder if they were fed with the word of God, for the message that I received today would have been the same message they would have received. Of course all homilies would be preached differently by each Priest, but they stay true to the message of the readings that are meant to touch our souls and give us nourishment that we all seek that bread alone can not satisfy. So when you decide you want to leave the Catholic Church, remember that you're leaving behind a community of believers who sing together, read scripture together and share together at the table of our Lord.

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