Does anyone know if I will be able to attend a Catholic mass on the Sunday of my cruise? The website mentioned having a priest (and other religous leaders) on board for certain high holidays, but made no mention of weekly services.
Sorry, no Catholic mass on board. Only a non-denominational service. On my last cruise, I went to confession in Croatia. After I said my act of contrition, he gave me my penance in a foreign language. I just said 10 Hail Mary's and hoped that covered it.
On one of our cruises, (which was a New Year's Eve cruise) there was a Mass. The only reason I know if some folks who were doing karaoke with us mentioned it one night.
It really depends if a Priest, Elder or Pastor happens to be cruising on your ship. I do not believe any of the above are brought on by Carnival. Sometimes any of the above will let the Purser's desk know of their calling and will ask if they can have a service. Lots of times these services are posted in the Capers.
Sometimes, you can find a Mass (or service)on one of the islands you go to. On one trip to St Maarten, we walked by the neatest little Baptist church that was having Vacation Bible School.
I went and it was pretty interesting. They use this neat book called a "Bible". As Catholics, we rarely see one of these. All we see is the missalette. Funny story about that, I walked into a Christian book store in Birmingham, AL, and asked the asst. manager where the Catholic bibles were located. She surveyed me over her little glasses barely hanging on the end of her nose and said, "I am sorry. This is a Christian book store." Grinning, I left.
Everyone is invited to the service on the ship, if they have one. Go and make your own opinions.
Originally posted by drlivingston:
Funny story about that, I walked into a Christian book store in Birmingham, AL, and asked the asst. manager where the Catholic bibles were located. She surveyed me over her little glasses barely hanging on the end of her nose and said, "I am sorry. This is a Christian book store." Grinning, I left.
That's odd. The Lifeway Book Store (which is owned by the Southern Baptist) carry the many "versions" of the Holy Bible including the Catholic version (which I believe has 5 more books than the King James Version).
The other "versions" have the same number of books of the Bible as the King James but are different translations (some better than others) of the "English" speech which can be difficult to understand with their"whithertoos"!
MiketheKid, nice to chat with you on a more serious note for a moment. There may or may not be a Mass; even if not scheduled, many times a Priest onboard will come forward and volunteer to perform the Service.
But if not, I urge you to attend the non-denomination service. By its very nature it is not going to have all the elements that you or I (a Missouri Synod Lutheran) would like in a service, but it is usually very nice; and it is heartwarming to see how many believers take the time to give praise and thanks to God for their many blessings.
Give it a try. Sit near the back; if it turns out like Ken's, you can always leave.