I am a laid-back Catholic. I love my religion because it is very democratic. You are aware that you are required to attend the holy days of obligation and Sunday masses but should you fail to go, you are not hounded as to why you did not go that day. Neither are Catholics required to give tithes; though we should, the church just allows you how much you want to share.
But ever since I got deployed in Hong Kong, I have never wanted to go to mass every Sunday as much as I do now. Maybe because, I’m so far from home and far from what is familiar to me all these years.
Funny how going to mass energized me and made me feel like I started my week right. Well, I really hope so. Because my first week almost felt like hell and this is the closest thing to feeling of what heaven’s like.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
No. 1 Star Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Monday to Friday: 9:00AM – 5:30PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday: 8:00AM – 7:00PM
English Sunday Mass: 11:30AM, 6:00PM
This is the first time I ever saw a female sacristan assisting the priest and a lay ministress too. It felt weird. I thought I was on the wrong church. Like maybe this isn’t really ‘Catholic’ but it says it is. But I may have to ask around.
They also have a Filipino choir and lay people on that 6PM mass. It almost felt like home.