At my church we have 2 communities of catholics; mexican and non-mexican. We have traditionally had 3 masses, Saturday Vigil Mass, then Spanish Mass, then Sunday Mass in English. The two communities have never mingled even when we have TRIED to.... it is an arrangement that everyone is happy with - except our priest apparently. Every once in a while our priest will 'spring' a bi-lingual mass on us. And from my estimation - neither group appreciates it. Our priest is Irish, but speaks very good spanish and I think he wants all us lowly white people to follow suit. He emphasizes from the pulpit that we are one body - no argument - and that we should share our lives more fully, and the mass is the greatest expression of this. Further, he has stated that our Saturday masses may all soon be bi-lingual from now on.
I am very disappointed in this. I will try to explain. The bi-lingual masses are WAY too Spanish and so different from what I am use to. They are mostly spanish, they are too loud and ethnic, and I just can’t go with that flow! Am I bad? I have been to mass in Mexico and I respect and can appreciate their culture… But it is not MY culture. Now I feel like our priest is forcing us on each other.
I have always gone to vigil mass and really liked it. Now it looks like I may have to change my ways, or change churches.
Trying to mix our cultures in the mass is just not going to work!
If we have to share one mass it should be in LATIN!