Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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The Rev. Alfred J. Harris

the Attendance

About 100

Service Length

45 Minutes

Sample Worshipper Dress

Blue jeans, black sweater, puffy vanilla-colored vest, flip-flops


English, Cantonese, Latin

Weekly Novena Broadcast

Mondays at 11:30 a.m., WFAX-AM 1220

Congregational Fervor

For those worshippers not particularly confident in their singing voices, St. Mary Mother of God’s Sunday evening Mass is for you. Aside from a pre-Communion a cappella rendition of “Agnus Dei,” there were no hymns or musical accompaniment. Congregants made up for the lack of melody by standing up, sitting down, and passing the peace with tremendous vigor.

Food for the Soul

Christ can forgive you all he wants, but according to Harris, there’s still no getting off easy. During his homily, he discussed a news story in which a Catholic schoolteacher was fired after becoming pregnant out of wedlock. “People say, ‘What about the adulterous Ôªøwoman?’ ” said Harris, referring to a parable demonstrating Jesus’ compassion. Turns out she’s still screwed. “Our sins have consequences no matter how much they are forgiven.”

Food for the Body

No food or drink was available at the 7:30 p.m. Sunday Mass. Hot beverages and a small repast is typically available after the 9 a.m. service.

Overall Worship Power

Finding parking in Chinatown can get desperate, but if you try to sneak into one of St. Mary’s reserved clergy spaces­, the church will get Biblical on your ass. park not, lest ye be towed away commands a sign outside of the St. Mary’s lot.