View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Monday, December 27, 2010

No Mass is a gift??

I was at a church on Sunday. The pastor got up at the end of Mass to announce some "good news."

Because New Years Day is falling on a Saturday this year - we don't HAVE to go to Mass.

He described it as a gift??

In many parts of the world, in many eras, having a Mass one could get to was a gift. People risk their lives to get to a Mass. People travel long distances to get to a Mass.

Now if he'd announced that it's not required, but that the parish would be having a special Mass to celebrate The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, for those who wished to attend, fine.

But no Mass: The parish doesn't even have a Saturday Mass anyway (just the Saturday evening Mass for Sunday).

How sad that a priest would think it's good news we don't have to go to Mass.

5 Comments:

Blogger Barb, sfo said...

Sad indeed.

Might be time to move on? It doesn't sound like things are going to get any better there anytime soon.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

I'm waiting to see what happens with the standing during the Consecration issue.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Dr. K said...

It may also be worthwhile to stick around and set a good example for others, especially the children of the parish.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Amrita said...

Greetings from India. I am not a Catholic, so I am not familiar with Catholic traditions, but are there no Masses on Saturdays? Christma s Day fell on a Saturday too.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Amrita - Some parishes have regular "daily" Masses on Saturdays, many have Saturday evening Masses that count toward the Sunday obligation. In the case of this parish, there is a Saturday evening Mass for Sunday, but no Saturday "daily" Mass - and they are not scheduling a special Mass for Our Lady.

12:22 PM  

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