Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: June 20, 2004, 7:08 pm
Here is a link to Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine. It operates as a place for Catholics to worship at Mass, receive confession, enjoy some spiritual activities such as their Rosary Garden, they have a Catholic religious articles store. Whether they do weddings I don't know, but visit the site, their contact information is there and you can always call and ask. If they don't do weddings they might be able to refer you or anyone to an Orlando Catholic church that could accomodate your request and the date and time you, or anyone, would have in mind.
Years ago it made some news in Orlando that the Diocese (Archdiocese? ) of Orlando did not want to conduct Catholic marriages on Disney property. There is a priest shortage in the Catholic church anyway, but the real rationale is that marriage is a sacrament of such a serious spiritual nature it best is celebrated in a Catholic church as part of Catholic community. When this made news, years ago, out of curiosity I asked at the Catholic church we attend. Their response was that they back up and support the Diocese of Orlando and would advise engaged couples approaching them of the Orlando diocese policy and encourage them to marry instead in a Catholic ceremony at a Catholic church. Catholic church and Diocese of Orlando don't object to wedding receptions being at Disney or being Disney-esque. They simply want the marriage ceremony to fully reflect the spiritual and dignified and serious nature of what marriage is all about. So ask your local Catholic parish priest or deacon to explain the spiritual rationale behind this, he'd be much more clear than I've been able to be!
And other than the "general purpose" wedding chapel Disney already built, Disney only has religious services on site anymore for Easter and Christmas. I know they have Catholic Mass on-site for those two holidays, I don't know if there is a Protestant service as well. The Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine site up above used to (still does? ) have a part where they explain why they don't do regular Sunday Masses at Disney any more.
Anyway, the show tonight should still be fun to watch, and that's what this thread is about, if anyone wanted to discuss the show as it airs or after it airs.
HEY! A viewing party, online! Anyone up for it?