Forgive me if I sound desperate! I hope I don’t offend anyone, and I suppose this could be a simple matter of personal taste, but I would really like some help with this!
We visit friends in San Antonio quite frequently, but it’s a big city and we would really like to attend a more traditional Mass than what we’ve been going to. Of course we want a Mass in union with Rome, but lately we’ve been feeling very much that traditional looking churches (never mind the Masses) are not to be found here. The churches we’ve attended before resemble amphiteatres, but the last one was more like theatre in the round. Every time we step into a church, DH and I play “Find the Tabernacle” so we know in which direction to genuflect. This is getting a bit wearying.
What we would like to find is a Mass that does not have a “cast of thousands” (but only one priest) and a house band. Kneelers would be nice. Communion hosts that are NOT honey-wheat pita bits. And a priest who does not tell the congregation on Pentecost Sunday that when Jesus breathed on the disciples and said “Receive the Holy Ghost; whose sins you forgive are forgiven and whose sins you retain they are retained”, that he WASN’T commissioning priests or giving them the faculty to forgive sins in the sacrament of penance… he was telling all of US that we should forgive each other (now whether this was bad theology or bad choice of words, I’m not sure. We still weren’t comfortable with it.)
I know that as long as we receive the Euchrist (wait, I forgot about the pita bread… VALID Eucharist) we shouldn’t be concerned about all the extraneous stuff. Please don’t pound me for not liking the “contemporary” Mass. As I said, this may be considered a case of personal taste. Our friends, obviously, don’t have a preference for a more traditional Mass, so they don’t know where to refer us (they haven’t been there that long). So if anyone can help out, please let me know!