The View From the Pew

Women’s Lib is not working! At an Ash Wednesday Mass, the celebrant had four, female Eucharistic Ministers in attendance. After Communion, the celebrant and deacon sat down and one guess who ‘did the dishes’?

When questioning two rookie altar boys as to who would be best to ring the bells at Mass, one quickly replied, “Oh, we are both equally bad at bells!”

My altar boy son had rung the Consecration bells perfectly until the last elevation when suddenly he rang the bells extra loud and long. When I asked him what that was about, he said, “I noticed someone not paying attention in the front row so I thought I’d wake them up!”

So Often Forgotten . . .

In all the efforts to make the Church relevant to the times, we do often forget that God and His Church are timeless. Convenience is not the path to Heaven. Being socially connected on your phone/Facebook/computer, etc., doesn’t usually include Jesus on the fast dial.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand . . . NOW!

There is always a degree of polite pressure going on at the Our Father in the Novus Ordo Mass. Although it has slowed down a bit, there is still a hard-core group that want to hold hands and don’t mind trying to pressure uninterested parties to join in whether they indicate a desire to do so or not.

I once had an elderly couple behind me that wanted me to do some kind of pretzel gyrations in order for us to all join hands together. I ignored their efforts and they finally decided that I was to be included in their lovefest by each gripping one of my shoulders. rather painfully.

I’m finding it hard to discern the intent deliberation of these people yet, in spite of Our Lord now present on the altar, they seem more interested in getting an unbroken hand-holding line going. My husband and I strictly refrain from following the crowd. Why? BECAUSE IT IS NOT IN THE RUBRICS OF THE MASS AND DOING SO IS AN ILLICIT  GESTURE. Yes, we realize that we are in the minority but being in the minority can actually be more peaceful!