Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mass Adventures

What an adventure we had getting to church today! The Bahamas are predominately Christian but the only Catholic Church in Abaco is in Marsh Harbour. We went many times last year & figured out after our first visit that there is a bus that is provided by the church & they will pick you up at certain stops every Sunday & then bring you home too. It's obviously GREAT for us since we don't have a car. It's a bit too far to walk & if we took a taxi (which we did the 1st time) it costs us $7.00 each way.
The beautiful alter at St. Francis De Sales
Scott tying up the dinghy in his Sunday bests
Our church journey starts with a short dinghy ride from the mother ship to one of the public docks where we will walk to one of the "bus stops". There aren't really any designated stops...I think if you look like you're dressed up a little & are just standing on a corner on the bus route (which is a circle through town) the bus will stop to see if you need a ride. There aren't too many folks dressed for church standing on the street corner at 8:15 on Sunday morning in Marsh Harbour so I suppose we are easy to spot. Today as we were walking I spotted an elderly Bahamian man, clearly dressed for church & asked if he too was waiting for the bus. YEP! He was so we waited with him....but the bus never came....none of us had a watch but we knew mass was starting soon so we decided to start walking that way & maybe we would run into the bus or someone would give us a ride. We were standing at the main intersection in town for several minutes when we heard "honk honk" from a truck. Scott & I immediately recognized the driver .... He is the church bus driver. He shouted from the window, "there's a problem with the bus!" He promptly pulled over & Scott & I piled into the back of the truck. Our new buddy hopped in front & we all cruised to church.

In the back of the pick up racing to mass!
Scott thanked our driver for using his own truck to give church goers a ride & he casually said "well, of course, I am the bus driver!". It was a great mass & in the year we've been away, we could tell this church has really become a closer knit community. It was great. So after mass we start walking to the truck....& so did half the congregation. There were about 25 of us piled into the back of the pickup! It was great!

Scott squeezing in the pick up with our church buddies
Another beautiful Sunday. After church we went home & picked up Jib to take him to his "church"... The beach.

Jib never tires of the beach....
Jib is a very accomplished diver now. He can hold his breath for 8-10 seconds now while searching for treasures in the sea....usually a stick.
 

VICTORY!
Life can happen anywhere! Even in stone.
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We sure do miss our family & friends as Christmas nears. Love you guys. We've been trying to Skype without success so far but will keep trying.

P.S. I have no idea why the 1st paragraph of this blog is in blue or why it's n the photo caption but oh well! Sometimes the blog has a mind of its own.

Love,

Michelle, Scott & Jib

 

4 comments:

Mike McGuire said...

What a great adventure getting to church! It's great you posted about this topic, as I was just wondering a few days ago about worshiping while we're out cruising. I guess we should always be able to find some sort of church, huh? :-)

You mentioned Skype...have you considered using Google Voice or Google+ Hangouts? I believe it's less hassles than Skype and you can have multiple people join in on the video chats with Google+. Just a thought.

Take care and looking forward to more!

Mike
www.siochana.us

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,
Love this story. It's a good illustration of how you become less of a tourist and more of the community when out cruising.

Andy Mellow Seas

Anonymous said...

Great Story we so enjoyed meeting many of the locals and getting to know them. We really are missing you both. You are more like family to us! Merry Christmas and we love you! Get that skype going and we can see you!!
Cheri and Dan
S/V Curieuse

STEPHANIE O said...

HELLO GUYS IVE BEEN TRYNG TO LEAVE A MESSAGE AND I THOUGHT I DID BUT I THINK I MESSAGED MYSELF.LOL MISSING YOU ALL AND WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS....IM GLAD YOUR CROSSING WENT WELL.