Hey Catholics... Holy Family in STT or Our Lady of Mount Carmel on STJ??
Where we are staying, it will take the same amout of time to drive to Holy Family for mass on Sunday or take the ferry over to Cruz Bay and go to church at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Anyone ever been to either or both and have any thoughts to share on your experience? For example, in my town here, one church has charismatic long-winded priests (my favorite), while the other has old-mumbling types.
Any info is appreciated! Love to all!
Where is Holy Family? Where are you staying (which area)?
I attend Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mafolie) when I am on island.
We'll be in Red Hook. It looks like Holy Family is in Anna's Retreat near the mall. However, we can get to the ferry in about 5 minutes on foot and it's 15 mins to CRuz Bay where Our Lady of Mount Carmel is just by the docks.
See my PM.
Oh well...I'l lsay it here.
I'd not attend at HF. It is across from the housing projects (high rises) and though I have no stance on whether the area is dangerous or not, it isn't pretty...very concrete and busy....and evident poverty.
As a visitor, I'd rather attend Mass in a pretty place.
Somehow, I'm sure that can be made to sound anti-Christ...but that's how I see myself attending mass on St Thomas.
OLPH is very nice....small. It is in Estate Mafolie...adjacent to Sibilly School. Pator is young and engaging...and very devoted to the advancement of the parish community and keeping the chuch pretty and inviting. Parishoners are kind and gracious. It feels like Mass in my own parish...but much smaller and with more colorful faces. I get the impression that quite a few of the parishoners are in the VI governement(Senate?), as some were being congratualted on this and that last time I attended. Not that you'd be there to rub elbows with the big people, but I say this to impart that I think their presence keeps the standard very high for this parish.
Of course, there will be differences from the stateside mass. One mass I attended, Father Schuster was really peeved about those practicing Santeria in the cemetery....and he was getting on the mass attendees as though he suspected some of them. That's really different - and very interesting.
Can't speak on Mt Carmel. At the docks? That sounds convenient.
I don't attend church, but I can say that Mount Carmel has a beautiful, new (within the last two years) building, and Father Crespo is a really kind man who does a lot of good in the community. I've always found him to be very personable. Hope this helps, just a bit!
thank you andrea. i think we will go to OLMC