although the remnants of the old Irish roots still attend mass the younger generations are what we call 'lapsing Catholics,' or latent and non-practicing.
however, on Easter Sunday we are all expected to attend Easter Vigil at Our Lady, Star of the Sea, and to be reminded of what Easter is really about. And no, it's not about trance parties, bunnies and reckless driving.
parishioners cross themselves at the nave. there is a reading from the gospel. the priest leads the mass in poorly participated hymns and flicks holy water over our heads with a branch of some kind. he reminds us that we are 'living the resurrection of christ.'
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, He has risen!” (Luke: 24:5)