The delightful Brandon Vogt…

The delightful Brandon Vogt… July 13, 2015

…and his fambly star in this little video on dressing for Mass which hopes to spark a little revolution:

Brandon has a few further remarks here. I love everything Brandon does and I just think the world of him.

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  • MarylandBill

    I would definitely say the most important part of dressing for Mass is that it reminds me and hopefully my children that Mass is not like going anywhere else. Of course this does beg the question of weekday Mass. I dress up for Sunday mass, but it would be difficult to manage it when I am trying to squeeze in a weekday mass.

  • wendyjoseph

    I think however we dress should show our respect for God. A woman in a tank top with her bra straps showing is not being respectful. However, if getting to Mass means you have no time to clean up properly from, say, a construction job, I can see scuffed work pants as OK. Jesus was a bue collar worker who would be wearing old jeans and sweats if He were here today.

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      When my husband works nights he has to leave straight from Mass to work (which requires specific fire-resistant clothing), but he sure hates going to mass that way. Anyone observing him over time though would know that this is the exception, not the rule for him.

    • Guest

      My guess is that what you’re wearing to Mass is far less important than why you’re wearing it – and that goes for rags, suits, and anything in between.

  • anna lisa

    I love this idea
    *in a perfect world*
    I remember what it felt like to have a perfectly adorable little family that made the little old ladies accost us. It was a bit of a temptation to vainglory.

    Nobody but the really old guys wear suits and ties here. A mass veil would be as out of place as a powdered wig.–Both would incur the toxic-teenage-eye-roll.

    Now I’m realistic: boys in collared shirts, with faces washed, teeth brushed and hair combed, nicer shorts. That’s a tall order. I looked down yesterday, and saw some Teva Flip flops with the 12-year-old’s khaki pants. His gorgeous dark gold hair is well past his shoulders too, (because he’s growing it out for cancer patients.) I guess I’m in the guilty hippy-mom category for that one for a few more months.

    The Sunday before yesterday, we could only make it to a Spanish mass. Everyone was dressed nicely–perfect score card (hippy kid at camp)–except the music kept making my six-year-old wave her arms and shake her bootie. My husband kept shooting me disapproving looks, but I couldn’t blame (or contain) her, she’d never been to a Spanish mass before. She thought it was awesome that it was a Jesus dance party mass. It didn’t bother her at all that she was the only one dancing.

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      I love the music at Spanish mass. I miss my Spanish masses now that we aren’t in Texas.

      • anna lisa

        Yes, there’s something to that level of joy and earnestness. (Even the more amateur bands that tempt the hounds in the neighborhood to howl.) We could learn a thing or two from that. The other non-youth masses here can have the tone of a funeral. It freaks me out, because there are so many gray heads, and not many young families.

        The Spanish morning masses with all of the little kids running around in the back always makes me smile, because it hasn’t even occurred to the Moms to try to be perfect or act like kids don’t act like kids. I love it.

        We used to go to Spanish masses more, but now we have to cater to the teenagers the most. They have so much to say about everything–Haha–I know where they get it. (And they hardly speak Spanish–epic. fail.)

        • Rebecca Fuentes

          We are starting Spanish in our homeschool this fall–I’m not fluent, Dad is, but I know enough structure to build on. The Spanish masses, when we get to visit down there, are incredible crowded, and everyone is happy to see a big family, instead of looking a little scandalized (my little parish here is very welcoming or large families too, but the English-speaking congregation of our old parish sort of looks stricken every time we visit with another baby in tow).

          • anna lisa

            I absolutely love Spanish. I love my husband’s accent, and love to hear him speak it. If he’s cooking while speaking it he knows I’ll melt. He knows his power.

            Funny awful thing is that if I speak to him in Spanish, he answers in English without noticing. Doomed. The only chance my kids have at this point is to either live somewhere conducive, or meet meet someone interesting like I did.

          • anna lisa

            Rebecca, when is your new baby due? Do you know if it’s a girl or boy? 🙂 🙂 🙂

            • Rebecca Fuentes

              mid-late Sept. A little girl, Gianna . . . something. We can’t decide on a middle name. I was thinking the other day that it’s a pity we are in different states. I’d like actually sit and chat with you.

              • anna lisa

                I love Gianna! My daughter Sophia proposed Gianna and Gemma for our last baby. I used to really hit St Gianna up to help me out during labor.

                I will keep you and Gianna in my prayers. How exciting!

                “I was thinking the other day that it’s a pity we are in different states. I’d like actually sit and chat with you.”

                Yes (sigh!). On the one hand, I’m fascinated to hear about the lives of Catholics all over, living in different surroundings and subcultures, and then yes, I feel a little sad about how disembodied it can feel. My kids tease me a little bit for it, but this is such a huge improvement.

                There aren’t many Catholic families here, or where I used to live (it’s prohibitively expensive, especially for 1-income families, so most move to greener pastures). I meet some really great Catholics through the university here, but they are always on their way to some other destination. We have standing invitations all over the world, to visit, but that doesn’t really ever depart from the “wouldn’t it be nice” discussion.

                I only stumbled onto Catholic blogs four years ago. It’s been a bonanza of so many souls, swapping thoughts, faith and ideas…it has helped clarify many, many things. Thank you for being one of those steady, voices of good will, humor, reason and faith! You’re a blessing. 🙂

                • Rebecca Fuentes

                  I’ve loved having Catholic blogs to read and comment (and discuss) on. Some days, really, it’s the only adult interaction I have. Catholics are a pretty small group here, too, though we have lots of variety of Christians (15 different denominations in a town of 3000). It’s helpful to see and hear about Catholicism across the nation and world.

                  • anna lisa

                    One of my sixteen-y.o.’s best friend lives with his Baptist grandpa, who is the pastor of a small church close to us. He asked John Paul if he goes to church (he knows we’re Catholic). He was so relieved when J.P. said “yes”. He said “oh good” and didn’t try to “convert” him.
                    Here, agnosticism/atheism is the enemy. He values JP as his grandson/son’s friend.


                    I think a lot of non Catholic Christians are seeing the need for that now. At least that’s the way it is here.

                    p.s. would you say a little prayer for my Dad?–he’s dying. Really close to the end. Thanks. Just had a buzz of emergency respondents here and all I can do is text Catholic friends and busy myself with anything that makes sense.

                    • Rebecca Fuentes

                      I will certainly pray!
                      We’ve made much more progress toward solidarity here. When I was a girl, there was a pretty hearty dose of anti-Catholic sentiment, but we don’t see that now. The churches have gotten much better at working together for the community.

    • ManyMoreSpices

      I looked down yesterday, and saw some Teva Flip flops with the 12-year-old’s khaki pants.

      You know who else wore sandals to church? (I mean, besides every Franciscan and Discalced Carmelite ever).