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.


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  
Anonymous Anonymous 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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