I welcome you back to the Catholic Church. I too left the church and have come back. I am sure you had your reasons as I had mine. Let’s just say that it has been a struggle the last couple of years since I first came back home, but I am still a practicing Catholic. I just have to remind myself that I am where Jesus and Mother Mary want me to be, and not let the confusion and bewilderment get to me.
I know living in AZ where we have tripple digits in the Summer, one might say we are a casual church and we wear long shorts or capri pants. It is to hot to wear panty hose and so if women do wear a skirt it is with sandals. I don’t have a problem as long as it is not short shorts and halter tops. I know some people wouldn’t understand but unless they have lived in Phoenix in the Summer they don’t understand why people here dress more casual than other Catholics who live in a more temperate climate.
We did have a good sermon and this dear old priest bless his heart talked about the presence of Jesus in the Mass. We are an older parish so maybe they felt incense wouldn’t be good for the senior citizens who might have breathing problems. I was surprised though that we didn’t read, but just went right into the gospel.
I think the goals of Vatican II were good. I think that there was some good things that Vatican II brought about. I know other Catholics don’t agree and would like to scrap Vatican II, but I think that would be a mistake. Maybe it is time to consider a Vatican III and correct the mistakes and improve upon the good that was Vatician II?