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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Rant Warning

Warning: I AM going to rant.

First Rant: It's summer time and yes it's hot out. Everyone is trying to stay cool and enjoy the warm season while it lasts here in New England, I get that, really I do. What I don't get is going to church with your butt hanging out of your shorty shorts, or your cleavage spilling out of your spaghetti string tank tops. What ever happened to wearing your "Sunday best" for God? You get all dressed up for dates, weddings, parties but not for God and worshipping? What's wrong with you?

You're in CHURCH for goodness sake, COVER UP!! No one wants to worship while seeing your body parts dangling out of your clothes. If you want to dress like you're for sale please take it somewhere else because my children and I don't want to see it!

Church is NOT for showing off your abs, new boob job or your perky butt. Church is for WORSHIP. Show some reverence and respect not only for God, but also for others seeking to worship in church and how about showing some self respect?? Dress appropriately for church. You are worshipping GOD, you are receiving your Savior in the Eucharist. This is HOLY, you need to dress appropriately.

I am not saying you need to go out and spend a lot of money on clothes just for church. They don't need to be expensive, they need to be MODEST. Have you ever looked at the amount of times modesty is brought up in the scriptures? Guess what?? Modesty doesn't go out of fashion with God, certainly not during mass. Besides being disrespectful in your revealing clothes, you look like a complete idiot.

Second Rant: This is to all the parishes out there who advertise in their bulletins and websites that they are an AC/climate controlled parish where parishioners can worship in a cool AC controlled environment during the hot summer months. If you advertise it then PLEASE DO IT!

I can't tell you how many times myself and others go to a church in the summer BECAUSE it offers a cool place to worship only to get there and find the doors open to the summer heat and people inside fanning themselves silly with their bulletins. Those same bulletins that advertise AC! What's up with that? If you can't afford to run the AC then STOP ADVERTISING YOU DO. It's false advertising and people are tired of it.

Final Rant: Shut up!! People need to SHUT UP in church. This has been a pet peeve of mine for YEARS- DECADES to be honest. But recently I had another incident that really pushed my buttons and then soon after that I was talking with other Catholics and they all shared similar stories about their parishes. Lack of reverence.

A few weeks ago, I attended a Sunday morning mass (I usually go to Saturday evening). As soon as mass had ended, the priest barely making it to the narthex (entry area) to shake hands with parishioners as they leave; and parishioners exploded into talking about baseball scores, the weather, the price of gas and their cute new sandals while the "choir" (more like a band) belted out BLUES tunes with their electric guitar, drums and baby grand piano- I kid you not.

Unfortunately for all the folks who wanted to quietly pray after mass, we were instead bombarded with loud music and people nearly yelling over the music to talk about nonsense. I can't exactly say I was stunned as this wasn't the first time this has occurred, but none the less I was ticked off, disappointed and appalled at the lack of reverence shown by nearly every single person in this parish (and no I am not saying which one). The nave/sanctuary is NOT the place to be doing this. Can't you shut up for the 3 minutes it takes you to walk OUT of the nave and sanctuary areas?? Apparently not.

What is WRONG with everyone?? Do they not know what worship is about? What our parish churches are about? WHO is IN our parish churches?? If you're a Catholic and you don't know what mass is about you need to take the time and educate yourself. Either look it up, talk to your priest or you can email me I'd be happy to fill you in.

So my question is, are you all stupid or intentionally disrespectful?

Put some clothes on! Dress for GOD. Shut up and show some respect to God, your parish, other parishioners and yourself. If you don't know any better, consider yourself educated now.

And to the priests and deacons out there, how about some homilies on MODESTY and REVERENCE?? Your parishioners NEED to hear it.

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