Thank you for all the responses from my message how we prepare and present ourselves for Mass. I have received and read your comments which are mostly positive. Thank you for reading the message and taking it to heart.
The important point that I’m addressing is that we not lose our awe before the REAL PRESENCE of the Blessed Sacrament in the Catholic Church.
For me a person’s dress reveals not how wealthy they are but that they took extra care to present themselves to the Blessed Sacrament. If I went to the White House to meet the President, I wouldn’t show up wearing jeans and a T-shirt. I would take extra care to present myself properly. This is not old school teaching, this is who we are and a reflection of our faith in the specialness of the Mass. Because we Catholics believe in the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament, we present ourselves differently. I do not believe in the attitude that “If I get to wear flip-flops to Wal-Mart, then I get to wear flip-flops to Mass on Sunday."
Pastor’s Question of the Week:
Is my presence at Mass a humble acceptance of the gift of Christ’s Real Presence?
Pastor’s Question for Children:
Do I take extra care to dress up for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament?
Sincerely in the Lord,
Father Richard York, your Pastor
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