Because I work at a parish, it is nice to be an anonymous Catholic once in a while. Today, while visiting family in San Antonio, we went to a parish that I have only been to a handful of times, St. Anthony. It is a nice parish in the Alamo Heights area, for those of you who know San Antonio. The liturgy was nicely done and the music was pretty good. But, I do have two observations.
1 - I can't really be too anonymous anywhere any more. I had a young man approach me after Mass and ask, "you are Marcel, aren't you"? Of course, I am. I found out he went to Texas Tech, but only for a short time before moving back to San Antonio. While there, he went to St. Elizabeth's once in a while, but enough to know who I was. I only thought I was going to Mass anonymously.
2 - We all know the "free us from all anxiety" prayer during Mass. Well, the presiding priest decided that we only need to have God "free us from all unnecassary anxiety." I wonder what necessary anxiety is, in light of Phil 4:4? There I go, with my stupid liturgy cop tendencies again. Sorry.
Now. Today is the feast of St. Joseph - which fathers, carpenters and a lot of Italians are happy about. But, it is also the moved celebration of St. Patrick - which Irish, want-to-be-Irish, and people who like green are happy about. Lastly, if you wait until toward the evening, it is the vigil of Palm Sunday. So, I propose we call today The feast of St. Joey Palmtrick. Stupid thought, isn't it?