The first year I went to CPAC I skipped Mass. When I got home I went to confession and confessed it matter of factly. I figured it was a small sin because I was so busy doing work etc, I never forgot what Father told me:
“You had 5 days to do other things and couldn’t spare one hour for God?”
That stung me and since then I make it a point to never miss Mass when I’m on a trip.
I got in at Smitty’s at 1 a.m. (Much thanks to Smitty’s classmate who gave me a lift in the snow) I fell asleep near 2 a.m. with the computer still up trying to upload.
Smitty got me up at 5:45 so I could make it to Mass on time and we were off:
Even from a distance the dome of the Basilica is an impressive site:
And close up it’s really something too:
Smitty dropped me off 15 min before mass but had to leave so I brought in my stuff and quickly filmed the walk in
I was hauling some heavy bags and was very tired hence the huffing and puffing but I was very confused. Where was everyone if mass starts in 10 minutes. I didn’t see anyone in the side areas readying a smaller mass?
About 15 min later an usher told me that mass was downstairs in the crypt. I found my friend there and headed down getting there in time for the 2nd reading.
When the mass was done I did a quick film of the Crypt chapel
And my friend and I had breakfast in the cafeteria, one of the best meals around at a price you can’t beat.
I was disappointed that we couldn’t get my CPAC crowed to the same mass but I talked to this gentleman.
It appears that one can reserve a side chapel for a mass if a priest is provided. I think that a CPAC group should consider having an evening mass after the keynote or perhaps if one of the great blogging priests chooses to go to CPAC one year he might be willing to have a post keynote 6:45 mass.
Of course maybe a late Sunday Mass might be better, post party confession you know….