Saturday, May 3, 2014

Saturday Night Mass

By Katie Steffl

I love being in Louisburgh on the weekends for the simple fact that I get to go to church. Every Saturday night we are in town, a group of us go to 7:30 mass. From the outside, St. Patrick’s Church is quite majestic but when you step inside, you are taken aback by how simple it is. Some would think that describing a church as simple has a negative connotation but I mean that in the best way. In this case, the simplicity of this church makes it beautiful.

From the first mass I attended in town to tonight, I have not been able to describe the feeling I get when I leave church. I am in awe at how the priest can take the readings from the week and so perfectly apply them to everyday life. Not only that, but he relates it to a current event that everyone in attendance can relate to. For the first time in my life, I can walk away from church and, when asked later what was talked about in church, I can tell you what was said! Although the homilies may be shorter than those that are given in the United States, there is a true message that comes across that stays with you.

There is a bulletin that can be picked up before you find your seat for mass. It includes the readings for the week and announcements from the parish office. On the front cover, there is a theme that is chosen for each week that comes from the readings that will be read during church. This weeks theme was “Don’t Worry, Be Happy, a person cannot be the slave of two masters. The one who claims our allegiance as our creator is God”. This is a theme that I hope to carry with me for the rest of my trip in Ireland.

"In God alone is my soul at rest"

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