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Irritated and disappointed!

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This morning I attended a Holy Communion celebration at a different parish. I sat in a noisy church for fifteen minutes before Mass began (it sounded like a market square!), and throughout the Mass there was chatting and nattering in varying degrees. I am certain I wasn’t the only Angry Bird there.  I found it really difficult to pray and after a while I just gave up trying. The noisy din quieted marginally at the Consecration but returned with a vengeance afterwards. This is what went through my mind:

  1. What proportion of the families present actually attend Mass, not a huge number, of that I’m sure!
  2. Surely it’s a given that when you attend a place of worship, you are respectful, or at least cautious not to offend?
  3. What are those first Holy Communicants learning by adult example?
  4. Even if I had turned around to ask for silence, it would’ve made little difference as there were conversations going on  all around me.
  5. Little reverence. So sad. Our Lord was not the focus of this gathering…
  6. Not once was mention made of the need for quiet from the pulpit. WHY NOT!
  7. I was appalled at the congratulations being metered out by one family member to a first Communicant en-route to receive the Blood of Christ. Kisses and hugs no less. Total disrespect.
  8. It’s not acceptable  to allow this sort of behaviour at Mass. The priest here has failed dismally at Catechises, and should re-Catechise his flock.
  9. I am soooo grateful for my wonderful parish priest. His ways are frowned upon by some as out-dated and draconian, but our Masses are opportunities to meditate, pray, listen and respond to the Word of God. It’s a quiet place that offers an opportunity to receive Our Lord in the right frame of mind, prayerfully.
  10. I’m going to make sure my disappointment is recorded and sent to the parish priest.
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