I had to work to 4:30 so there was no way Rocky and I could make it to St. Rita's by 5 which is why we went to the vigil Mass for Mary Mother of God at the Basilica in DC. It was very good. There were so many people in the crypt church that the smell was overwhelming. Usually when I ask, "What's that smell?" Rocky answers, "What smell?," or "It's not that bad." This time he leaned over to whisper in my ear, "Something stinks!"
The monsignor saying Mass was okay. His dramatic delivery reminded me of Archbishop Sheen and he adlibbed a bit but said nothing offensive. In his homily he pointedly reminded everyone that the New Year is not for getting drunk and acting a fool-that's the secular world's way. The New Year is dedicated to Our Lady and formerly was the Feast of the Circumcision.
The Knights of Columbus did a fantastic job of getting all the elderly and disabled seated.