I wouldn’t call myself a traditionalist in any sense other than the fact that I am a Catholic…
When I arrived to the US I wanted to attend a Catholic Mass and I was afraid of going to one of those Churches where the mass is not celebrated reverently… so I went to a Church that said was a Traditionalist Catholic Church.
I went to the Church of Our Lady of La Salette, in Bayside Queens. I asked at the entrance if the Church was a Catholic Church, they said “Yes”… I asked “Is it a Catholic, Catholic church?”… they said “Yes”.
It was my first time experiencing the EF of the Latin Rite. Although I had studied it during my years learning to be an altar server. I didn’t know all the answers by heart, but I could follow the Liturgy quite proficiently seeing that Portuguese my mother tongue is based in Latin.
I didn’t know exactly why but I felt uncomfortable. Maybe it was the weird combination of headcovers for teens using t-shirts, or maybe the weird colours all over the altars…
Quickly it was made obvious that the people were Latinos and they spoke Spanish, as well as the Priest and the Bishop.
During the sermon the Bishop made several weird comments about Halloween being a feast where we sell our children to the devil… something completely alien to me (we don’t usually celebrate the eve of 1st of November with parties in Europe… we usually have Vespers for the Solemnity of All Saints).
This Bishop ends the sermon with a brief comment on how only the traditionalist movement retains the Spirit of the Holy Church, and not to be afraid of the Modernisms coming from the Vatican.
I was shocked… floored… I couldn’t even approach the altar for the Eucharist… it felt like I was slapped and left naked in the middle of an alien world.
My only prayer throughout the whole Liturgy was: “Let them be One”.
I couldn’t find anywhere online the status of the communion of this Church with the Diocese of Brooklyn, so my worry now is that I missed my Sunday obligation for participating in this celebration.
Don’t worry, I don’t think that the EF is bad or anything, it was just a weird “First Date”…
I do need to go to confession, as I haven’t gone in over a month… but does anyone know the status of this Church and if this might be one more sin to add to my list?
Thank you and God bless,