This has been really bothering me lately and I wanted some other opinions on this matter.
I go to an orthodox, traditional Catholic Church. I went to RCIA there and I love my parish.
As per tradition I alway genuflect towards the alter before sitting down and leaving the pew. Their Tabernacle is located right behind the alter...you know exactly where it is...I go to traditional Latin Mass and our Monsgr says Mass towards the Tabernacle.
I'm also in the Air national guard and I have drill one weekend a month. This means it's impossible for me to attend Mass at my Church. I go to another local Church that has a 7pm Mass on Sundays.
This Church is far more liberal and it was recently rebuilt. It took me some time to notice that the alter just looked weird to me. I couldn't put my finger on it at first. Then I realized that Tabernacle was located way, way off to the left of the alter...almost totally out of view. There are a great many other things about this Mass that bother me...but the fact that our Lord has been moved to the side...confused me greatly.
I still go to that Mass at that Church. But it happened again recently. My Grandmother passed away a few weeks ago and we had her funeral Mass at her parish. While this is another very old church...the inside had been totally redone.
I had my daughter with me and was distracted by her fussing when I arrived at the pew. I genuflected quickly and attended to her. I was also supposed to do the first reading.
When it was time to go up and read...I genuflected again and then got a good look at the alter and realized there was no Tabernacle and I was crestfallen. I'd essentially committed idolatry in front of the entire Mass.
I did my reading and hightailed it back to the pew and started looking around for the tabernacle...and again...found it way off to the right of the Church.
Is anyone else in this same situation with their churches? Do you genuflect at all? Does it bother you that our Lord isn't front and center of the Church?
Should I say something and email the Bishop?