Francis’ visit to East Coast bypasses Catholic growth centers

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Father Oscar Mendez is surrounded by Latino worshippers at Oakland's St. Elizabeth parish. Religion News Service photo by Kimberly Winston

Father Oscar Mendez is surrounded by Latino worshippers at Oakland's St. Elizabeth parish. Religion News Service photo by Kimberly Winston

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OAKLAND, Calif. (RNS) Catholic churches on the West Coast are vibrant and very different -- but that's something the pope will not see on his East Coast-only visit.

  • Greg1

    Very few Catholic churches today do not offer at least one mass in Spanish. I will go to one of those masses if I cannot get to my standard English ones. However, I do not understand Spanish exceptional well, and ultimately just enjoy being in the presence of Catholics in love with the Lord, and to receive the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, an experience not tied to any one language. The truth be known, Every Catholic is Required by the Church to attend mass on every Sunday, and every Holy Day of Obligation. The Church offers Sunday Mass from sundown Saturdays, to midnight Sundays, so it is hard to say you cannot attend. But if you cannot for one reason or another, then you are not in transgression, but should make it up by attending a daily mass during the week as a devotional practice. But for those who say, “I think I will stay home this week and have a nice breakfast instead.” Those “Catholics” will be in no small amount of trouble come Judgement time.