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  • July 23 2012 | by Manny

    I agree. Greeting the people around you during mass is kind of weird. I know we Catholics have a reputation of not socializing but this is not how to do it. Mass is a sacred rite, not a social event.
  • July 24 2012 | by Dena Hunt

    It sounds like it's even worse where you are, Sophia.

    Because I'm old, I don't think I'll see those "somedays" you talk about, but yes, they will come. One reason I know that is this post. You speak for many.
  • July 24 2012 | by Titus

    Marty Haugen only showed up ten years ago? Your parish was spared several whole decades of that nonsense. Just pray that you won't be thirty years getting rid of it like the few fortunate parishes that have.
  • July 24 2012 | by J.T. Lebherz

    As a cradle Catholic, and one who still attends the glorious church from his childhood, I can only say that you and I are singing the same sacred song. I swear that I closed my eyes and, in the dark of night, lay ministers came in and swept away some of the glorious traditions of our church and replaced them with "newer and more modern" ideas. Not all of them, mind you, but enough of them to make me want to shed a tear. The people that do these things mean well, I'm sure, but one does not force this stuff on a church that was built in the 1800's. The greeting before Mass is ridiculous and unnecessary. The once beautiful sacred songs have been replaced by songs that sound like childish campfire ditties. Our majestic and historic organ is played like a circus calliope because the current music director doesn't take full advantage of its enormous sonorous qualities. I also agree that there should be silence after Communion. I'm afraid that this can only be tackled at the local parish level and probably only after enough letters have been sent to make them aware. This response to your posting is my first move in that direction. Thank you for writing it and I hope that I got my point across... which is - I agree with you!
  • July 24 2013 | by Joe Rodrigues

    All I can say is AMEN to everything you just said.