SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — According to some, the end of the world is just eleven days away. One reason is that the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012 with no explanation. While many in organized religion are simply dismissing the entire issue, two local priests are taking it head on.
Father Bill Pomerleau, pastor of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, says right up front he doesn’t know what will happen.
“Catholics listen to Christ’s warning that it’s not for us to know when and where or perhaps even how the end of the world will come,” said Pomerleau. “But nonetheless, Catholics are taught to prepare for the second coming of Christ.”
On the evening of December 20, Pomerleau will hold a Mass and confession after speaking about the history of apocalyptic predictions. He said there are two kinds. The first predicts the world ending. The second, called millennialism, predicts the world drastically changing.
“There’s the thought that at a certain point in time, a new era begins,” said Pomerleau. “Christ comes back and there’s a new era where humanity is wrapping up and there’s some kind of an interval there.”
Pomerleau said it hasn’t been some kind of panic among parishioners that’s prompted the talk. He said the talk about what if the world ends is more about what if it doesn’t.
“I think people who want to live a good life say, I should think about it,” said Pomerleau. “It could happen tomorrow. Not any guarantees.”
“If the end of the world happens, we’ll be all set,” he said. “We’ll have mass. We’ll have confession the night before.”
Father James Nolte, a former Jesuit, will also speak. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church is at 417 Boston Road. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.