“experiencing-olgp” is my username and my blog’s title is “My experience at the Our Lady of Grace Parish”.
You might be wondering what exactly is the significance of the name, “Our Lady of Grace Parish”, and the reason why I keep on using it instead of the current and official name, the “Shrine of Our Lady of Grace”.
It’s honestly a petty reason, really. It’s simply for the sentimental value.
You see, I used to go to mass there with my family when I was younger.It’s actually my very first Church. I remember being a kid and just trying my best to actively participate in Mass because that’s what we taught in school and if I didn’t, my parents would look pointedly at me until I start doing so. And in my first elementary school, St. Mary’s Academy of Caloocan City, I remember that we used to have Mass there if we were the sponsor. I remember what it looked like before, before it was painted and renovated.
I remember the Our Lady of Grace Parish better than the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace.
Because of the new look, the church looks and feels like it’s incredibly foreign to me. Calling it by it’s old name brings back fond memories. Don’t get me wrong, the new look is absolutely beautiful; however, I just can’t help but miss the old, homey, and simple look.
Unfortunately, as fond as I was of that church, I was never a participant in the parish ministry. I never experienced being a collector or commentator in that church. Hopefully, this time, this term 2, even if I can’t completely grasp the name ‘Shrine of Our Lady of Grace’, I would experience the feeling of involvement when I participate.