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Catholics in the South

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Does your local phone book list seventy different churches under thirty separate denominations, twenty more missions and sub-denominations, plus a dozen other religious societies and congregations, but only one Catholic parish? Are you often asked, "If you died right now, do you KNOW you'd go to heaven?"

Do people talk about you in restaurants when you cross yourself for the blessing? Do they roll their eyes or snort when they see a crucifix around your neck?

Do people leave pamphlets on your porch because you have a statue of Mary in your yard, or put tracts on your windshield because you have a rosary hanging from your rear-view mirror?

Do your friends, neighbors, and in-laws pretty much agree that you need converting because you're Catholic, not what they consider "saved" and "born-again?"

Do people of more than three denominations, religions, or organizations come to your house to try to explain what it takes to be a REAL Christian? Have you ever been stared at during an "altar call?" At a wedding?

Or do you live in a part of the South where Catholics aren't the minority, like St. Francisville, Louisiana or Ave Maria, Florida?

Please come in and share your stories and experiences: good, bad, frustrating, humorous, or whatever. If you aren't in or from the South, come on in anyway and have a cup of coffee or glass of sweet iced tea. Join in the conversation and get to know what it's like to be a Catholic in the Bible Belt.


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  1. Semper Zelare
    Oct 27, '11 11:43 am
    Semper Zelare
    jwder09, wow that story about that lady handing out fliers is horrible. I had something like that happen to me this week too. Or, I guess it was last Saturday. Anyways, it was gameday on campus, so I assumed my roommates had to do band stuff all day. So, when the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy came on EWTN, I had it on and was praying it. When, not even halfway through someone was at the door.

    So, I turned off the tv and opened it, and it was one of my (Southern Baptist) roommates and 2 of his friends in town for the game. IDK why he wasn't busy, the game was only like 3 hours away. Anyways, I start doing laundry since I was planning to do it after I was done praying anyways. And he turns on the tv while I'm in the laundry... and his response was like he was startled. His response honestly would probably have been better if he turned the tv on and there was porn on it. Him and his friends just gawked at it, and he said a really disapproving "Umm... OK...". I don't even want to think about what he would've said if I wasn't there.

    Well, I just went into my room. And I did not talk to him for 2 days. Then he talked to me about some mundane unrelated thing.

    Anyways, its like it just rattled his world. Not only did I not care at all about college football, but I was also praying CATHOLIC prayers.

    Eventually I'm gonna have to have a spiritual conversation with my roommates, and I'm not looking forward to it.
  2. jwder09
    Oct 26, '11 5:47 pm
    jwder09
    walnutleviosa, has the number of parishoners out grown the size of each church making a larger church nessesary; or, have both lost enough members so that only one is needed? I hope the former. My parish has definitely outgrown our church (building, that is), Much to the chagrin of our parish preist, we're not in a financial position to expand at this point. The recession has hit hard.

    Parce, I sure did notice. Like I mentioned in my earlier post, up North we tend to gravitate toward parishes where we share common ground with the majority of parishoners. As a result, you have the Polish church, the Lithuanian church, the Spanish church, etc. As a young boy, I was stunned one Sunday when a missionary preist from Africa visited our church. It just never occured to me that any race other than my own could be Catholic. Again, I consider it a true blessing that my kids can worship in an atmosphere where there is no question, what so ever, that all are welcomed at God's table.
  3. walnutleviosa
    Oct 25, '11 7:29 pm
    walnutleviosa
    That is interesting... A small community of us makes us tight knit and unified. We don't have a thousand churches just 2. And the two are about to become one big church. People go to either or. No favoritism... Just whatever suits your schedule.

    Sadly, my good baptist friends with honourable intentions don't even know why they're baptist
  4. Parce Domine
    Oct 25, '11 7:21 pm
    Parce Domine
    Jwder, that would be so funny if it didn't so clearly reflect a common mindset we have to deal with down here. What are we to do with our poor separated brethren?
    __________________________
    This morning I was reflecting on my experiences as a Southern Catholic, and I realized something wonderful, a beautiful benefit of our isolation. We've touched on it, in discussing how our parish families are closer because of it, but despite a racial stereotype I'm supposed to live down to, I forgot to mention something else. Now I understand that what I consider a blessing might be considered a curse by others. That's not what I'm trying to draw attention to. But it occurred to me today, that another thing our isolation provides is diversity. In our parishes, different races celebrate together because we frequently have only one parish per county. This has always been the norm for me, being a cradle southern Catholic, but I wondered if any of you transplants even noticed.
  5. jwder09
    Oct 25, '11 4:40 pm
    jwder09
    Hello walnutleviosa, you've come to the right spot.

    Parce, I can understand completely.

    Here's my week end story. While handing out candy with the Knights, a protestant group showed up to hand out flyers for their church fair. Not a big deal, at first; but, after about a half an hour, one of them asked if I would like a flier. I joked and answered with "I thought you'd never ask". Then the questions began. "Do you have a church?" Yes. "What church?" Now up to this point, the tone was light and friendly, until I answered "Sacred Heart". The response, stunned silence followed by "Oh, you can come too, I guess". She then moved a good distance from me and finished handing out her fliers.
  6. Parce Domine
    Oct 25, '11 8:49 am
    Parce Domine
    Yesterday I went to the funeral, and although the family is Catholic (as is the deceased), they had a Protestant preacher as a guest along with our priest who was presiding, (though it wasn't a full Funeral Mass). After the readings and homily, this long-winded preacher went on and on about how to "get saved" for so long that everyone got restless, the baby right behind me started crying twice (the second time was after finishing off a bottle while the preacher persisted), some people started talking, and a few got up and left (back to work, maybe). Still, he went on with another "one more thing I want to tell you" again and again for another half hour. He couldn't help but notice he'd gone on too long, and I considered it grossly inconsiderate to the family. He past consoling them after fifteen minutes, then just kept preaching and preaching; I can only assume to get through to us misguided Catholics (like the poor widow and kids) so we would "get saved." It was long and rambling, and every time he thought of something else to preach with, he'd add another "one more thing I want to tell you."
    But, getting back to my point, I couldn't help but notice how outnumbered we Catholics were. The chapel was overflowing, but only a few of us responded with "and also with you," and "Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ," etc. It was a sparse, widely scattered, and quiet response when we few responded. I was slightly offended that the Protestants didn't bow their heads during the "Catholic prayers," but did when the preacher prayed. Of course everyone joined in The Lord's Prayer. I was glad we at least had that common ground.
    It's frustrating knowing that all those people around me thought I was the misguided one, that I was the one with the man-made religion, and that I was going to hell but they were every single one absolutely going to heaven because they all "got saved" when they were kids. I pity them and fear for them: for their lack of the Holy Eucharist, their failure to acknowledge our sweet mother Mary, their refusal to accept the whole Bible as the real Holy Bible, and their belief that they can sin without reconciliation because they bought their salvation with a ten-second prayer when they were nine years old and are "once saved always saved."
    Irks me, it does, and worries me some. And so ends my rant. I apologize profusely if I've offended anyone. Please understand that is NOT my intention. To be honest, I just really needed to vent, and the only other person here all day was ... go ahead and guess... yep, Southern Baptist. But I feel much better now for having released that frustration. Thank you for allowing me to rid myself of those uncharitable thoughts. I feel much better for getting it out.
  7. walnutleviosa
    Oct 24, '11 6:43 pm
    walnutleviosa
    I live in South Carolina where practically everyone is baptist. I cannot tell you how many times I have been approached to be 'saved'
  8. jwder09
    Oct 22, '11 5:57 am
    jwder09
    Parce, your friend, and her husband's soul are in my prayers.
  9. jwder09
    Oct 22, '11 5:54 am
    jwder09
    Semper Zelare, growing up in New Britian Ct., it's fair to say that there was a Catholic Church within ten minutes of your home, wherever you lived. In fact, I would go so far as to say that if you didn't speak English, you could find a church that celebrated Mass in your native tounge within twenty minutes of your home. I knew of two churches that held Mass in Polish (probably more. The town, even on it's official web site, isn't called New Britski for no reason), and one in Spanish. The church I attended held Mass in Lithuanian as well. (On a side note, stations of the cross were conducted in both English and Lithuanian. As a impatient young alterboy, this was like pennance for the innocent. haha). Good old Father John tried to retire once; but, demand for the Lithuanian Mass was such that he continued to conduct one until his death, a few years back. I know that a number of the French Canadian kids I went to school with attended the same church; and, several of them spoke French at home, so, I wouldn't be surprised if St. Joe's accross town conducted a Mass in French. Right before I moved down south, one of the churches in Hartford began advertising a traditional Latin Mass, as well. My experience down here is "one size fits all"; but, I find that preferable. My parish is far more ethnically diverse, so, my kids receive a benefit I didn't.
  10. Parce Domine
    Oct 21, '11 6:51 am
    Parce Domine
    Good point, Semper Zelare. Even though we have personal preferences within the Church, our parishes are usually relatively small. Each parish family feels more like just that: family. We know just about everyone. My church could seat a couple of hundred, but it's rarely full. In areas that are predominately Catholic, churches are several times larger and Mass is celebrated several times a day in an attempt to accommodate everyone. I can barely imagine that being the norm, because I've always been a Southern Catholic.
    __________________
    On a sad note, I'd like to ask a favor today. A woman I sponsored for Confirmation a few years ago lost her husband unexpectedly yesterday. Please keep the Morgan family in your prayers. Thank you in advance.



   

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