Lerch RV in Milroy, Pa. (Great experience, by the way. If you're in the market we recommend them.) We ended up spending Wednesday night in a little town out in the middle of nowhere not far from the dealer. I didn't even think about Ascension Thursday because our diocese shifts the Holy Day to Sunday. There was, in fact, a Catholic Church about half an hour away, but, I didn't know it at the time.
On Thursday afternoon we traveled to Gettysburg where our square dance camping club was meeting over the weekend. We settled in about supper time and, again, did not think about the holy day.
On Friday, we went to the battlefield visitor center, bought one of the auto tour CDs, and drove around the battlefield. Then we decided to check out where the church was for Sunday Mass.
It was 5:30 when we got there and we hoped to make a visit but the doors were locked so we started back to the car. In the parking lot we met the pastor, an order priest, who was returning from having dinner with his confreres who have a place nearby. (Since he is alone in his parish it is wonderful that his order has a place so close. The life of a lone pastor is lonely indeed according to some priests to whom I've spoken.)
I'm not sure how it came up, but we spoke about Ascension Thursday and I said we celebrated it on Sunday. He replied that he wished the bishops would get on the same track because their diocese keeps the holy day on Thursday.
And now the dilemma: On Sunday we attended morning Mass at this parish where they were celebrating the seventh Sunday of Easter. Driving back to the campsite, Larry and I discussed the fact that we were in a diocese that celebrates Ascension Thursday on Thursday. We missed Mass. We would not be returning home in time to attend Ascension Thursday Mass in our own parish. Sooo.... we missed Mass on Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation. For my husband and myself, the feast of the Ascension disappeared in a puff of smoking confusion this year. It just didn't happen.
It makes me say the same think the priest said in words a little less tactful. Why can't the bishops get their act together? And what exactly is gained by eliminating holy days. Don't we have few enough already? Oh...and did we commit a sin by missing attendance on the Feast of the Ascension?