I now moved from my previous location in Europe to the Caribbean. I attended mass today and last week at the nearest Parish, and I was honestly Horrified by it (and I still am). I'm Not sure If I am overacting, but I honestly think that some things were terribly wrong.
Please bear with the length of the post, and advise me accordingly.
So I went into the Church, which didn't look like a church, IT was more like a giant room with many chairs, no pews. There was no proper altar, the altar was simply a wooden table with four legs, which was covered by a white tablecloth.
The mass started, on the right side of the room there were a group of people acting as a choir, they started singing first, not Catholic hymns, but what sounded more like Pentecostal songs, they also used Instruments such as Tambourines, drums, guitars, etc while singing, (singing, which took up about 60 % of the mass). And this Mass lasted 2 1/2 hours.
This initial singing was followed by the entrance of the priest, who was followed by a group of about 15 Men, women, and Children> (Children meaning people under 20) WHO WERE ALL WEARING EXACTLY THE SAME ROBES AS THE PRIEST, as well as assisting him. Not only that, There were Triquetra Symbols embedded on each of their robes, the priests robes included. EXACTLY THIS Symbol religioninsociety.com/files/2012/04/Triquetra-Vesica.png .
The worst part was yet to come, after Time passed the "congregation" (I cant think of a better word) yes the congregation all started Clapping and Holding Hands, clapping continued for more than half of the Mass, people were also Dancing, Twisting their bodies and raising their hands in the air.
The priest started talking garbage, literally garbage everything from Gay Marriage, to Children and parents, and from that he suddenly jumped to the topic of Donations, and said that the church needs money to build 3 other churches, in 3 different locations. While he was requesting these donations, his hands were clenched into a fist and index finger extended out, while he was pointing at various sections of where people were seated.
After this, While the priest was consecrating the Eucharist (I hope consecrating is the right word) the drumming, and Tambourine and Pentecostal style singing continued.
So TIME FOR COMMUNION, I went up, and I was refused Communion in the mouth, the distributor simply looked at me as if she was expecting something, and waited for me to Close my mouth, and open my hands to receive the host.
After receiving communion, I headed back to my seat and instead of having a quiet church, the "Choir" continued singing their songs during the time that people were receiving communion, and the singing and drumming continued, even while people were being seated from receiving communion.
The last thing, after receiving communion, there was only a brief prayer, and all of a sudden, the priest asked everyone to stand, and sing the National Anthem. After we were done with singing the National anthem, the priest concluded the communion prayers, and ended the mass. The National anthem just came up out of nowhere.
And this inst the only problem, a week ago I confessed to the same priest, who didn't use the words of absolution, he simply used his own words and concluded by saying "I absolve your sins, for penance pray the rosary".
Just to confirm, THIS IS A CATHOLIC CHURCH. It's Called "Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church" and I'm sure it was catholic because after the mass the priest used the regular line that goes "Benedict our pope and Anthony our Bishop etc, etc, etc" (I forgot the bishops name, so Anthony is just an example). I've also seen pictures of the Pope hanging in the church's office.
So to Sum up:
1) Priest didnt use words of absolution.
2) The church didnt use catholic style hymns and used instruments like drums, tambourines etc.
3) The Priest as well as 15 other people of all ages, and genders were wearing exactly the same robes.
4) Those robes had Triquetra symbols on them.
5) People were dancing, twisting their bodies and clapping, + raising hands.
6) The church was noisy from singing, during and after receiving communion.
7) I was refused communion in the mouth.
8) People were asked to say the National anthem, just after receiving communion.
9) There was no proper altar in the church.
10) Just a regular mass lasted 2 1/2 hours.
11) The priest used threatening body language.
Considering all that I have written, Is this normal? I have never experienced this in any part of the world, that I have been in before. I initially followed everything from this church, because I believe in the saying "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." BUT I AM NOW CONVINCED THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THIS CHURCH AND I VOWED TO NEVER GO THERE AGAIN. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
This means that i'm now without a church, as I simply cannot afford to travel to any other parish.
I really need advise here.