Vacation and Mass Attendance

While you are on vacation this summer, where will you be attending Mass?  Does this thought always cross our minds in our frantic planning before we head off to the beach or Disney World?  The article below from Bishop Wenski of Orlando is timely and a good reminder for us all.

Vacation and Mass Attendance

by Bishop Wenski

When I was a young seminarian, the rector before dismissing us for our summer break would admonish us: remember, guys, there’s no vacation from a vocation. This was certainly wise advice – we were after all still seminarians even when away from the structured environment of the seminary with its fixed times for prayer and daily Mass. And I think this is wise counsel to all of us Catholics…

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  1. When I was growing up, my family would take a summer vacation to somewhere in the U.S., often to a historic location or popular destination of significance. I was fortunate to be well travelled and well storied in my early years. But my parents being the good Catholics that they are always made sure that we attended Mass at the local Catholic Church.

    As a kid, I thought why, we’re on vacation!? But as I grew older I came realize that we were not only going because it was required but because my parents and myself found solace in the fact that no matter where we where in the world, the Church was the Church! And beingon vacation didnt mean that we were on vacation from Him! His Grace, Archbishop-Appointed Thomas Wenski said it best “There can be no vacation from our fundamental Christian vocation to holiness. Fidelity to weekly Mass attendance is inextricably linked to that vocation.” My family and me were able to give thanks for our safe arrival, of the great time that we had while on vacation, the ability to take a vacation, and so forth.

    Now, whenever I travel, I always make it a point to find the local Catholic Church and attend mass. Whether I’m in the small German town of Oberstaufen Germany, where I didn’t understand a word, but found that I could easily follow along; or in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, where the size and pace of the city is overwhelming. It is truly a blessing to be a part of Catholic Community where you are at Home know matter where you may be.

    On another note, being from Central Florida and having the opportunity to personally know Fr. Ed McCarthy and the unique ministry at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe it is a truly remarkable experience and he is a wonderful priest with some of the best homilies I’ve ever heard. The Basilica-Shrine, has no congregation, it exist solely to administer to the needs of the vacationing Catholic Community attending the local attractions. So the next time you visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Seaworld or the myriad of other vacations spots in the Orlando area, take some time to visit the Basilica-Shrine and make sure to make a donation to keep this unique ministry and beautiful Church serving other vacationers.
    http://www.maryqueenoftheuniverse.org/

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