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Spring fever: First Communions, weddings and “people who act as though they are at a ball game”
The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 28, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra

Posted on 04/28/2013 5:48:02 PM PDT by NYer

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1 posted on 04/28/2013 5:48:02 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

We’re all familiar with A & P catholics. Perhaps we should refer to this group as C & W catholics?


2 posted on 04/28/2013 5:49:00 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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Sounds like people who’ve never or almost never been at any indoor worship service, be it Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic or whatever. That is more and more common today in the USA, sadly. They weren’t familiar with the expected decorum where people are always respectfully paying attention to whatever is going on in the ceremony. The fact that they respected the officiating person’s request showed that the problem was mostly one of unfamiliarity.

Weddings can run over for a variety of reasons. I remember one I played piano at where the power failed and the rain was drenching. People took shelter inside for over an hour till the rain let up and the power came back. Then the photographer finished up.


3 posted on 04/28/2013 6:03:48 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: NYer

Hmm....Can’t say I know what an A&P Catholic is. I know C&E Catholics (Christmas & Easter)....


4 posted on 04/28/2013 6:04:04 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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I remember years ago at my sister’s wedding rehearsal at their local Catholic Church, this type of respect was commanded right off the bat as the priest came marching into the Church, banging on his bible and loudly saying, “It is entirely too loud in here! I don’t know how you Protestants do it, but we Catholics remain quiet and respectful in the Church!”

Problem was, it was the Catholics that were making all the noise. :-)

At the time, my sister and I were not Catholic. I converted in ‘92, my sister a couple of years later. The look on my dad’s face that day when Father did that was priceless. I swear I saw steam coming out of his ears.

At the wedding, up in the choir loft, a woman beautifully sang Ave Maria. But it was much to long for Father. When she started the second stanza, he glare up to the loft and rolled his eyes.

We learned to like that old codger over the years though. He’s quite a funny old guy.


5 posted on 04/28/2013 6:09:48 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Ash Wed. / Palm Sun. (a quick google turned it up)


6 posted on 04/28/2013 6:10:36 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: NYer

Does Deacon Kandra have something against Texas Ranger fans? ;-)

Being in NY, I figure that’s why he used that pic.


7 posted on 04/28/2013 6:11:35 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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Lol, it wasn’t the Protestants yacking it up at that one!

It’s an issue when starting many Evangelical services. My bible church pastor took care of that one by scheduling the first hymn right at the get-go, as the last note of the prelude echoed away. The yackers HAD to stop....


8 posted on 04/28/2013 6:13:30 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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Blame the Church Pastor and Bishops. Nearly all of them have failed the Church miserably. Roger Mahony is EXHIBIT #1


9 posted on 04/28/2013 6:15:25 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: surroundedbyblue

The priest at my church refers to these as HMDs, e.g., “hatch, match and dispatch” folk. Occasionally, they even make the Easter service.


10 posted on 04/28/2013 6:30:07 PM PDT by miele man
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Agreed. One thing our pastor has done has backfired just as I predicted it would. He got tired of people leaving early, so he moved the announcements to before Mass instead of after. Now people come in late and the ones that leave early still leave early.


11 posted on 04/28/2013 6:32:52 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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whoops! Thanks!


12 posted on 04/28/2013 6:35:30 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Why am I both pro-life & pro-gun? Because both positions defend the innocent and protect the weak.)
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This is the time of year that is very dangerous in that kids are out playing in the street, riding bikes and such.There’s graduations, weddings, proms, kids out for a good time, most driving for their first time.Young people are having fun, not always concerned about how they’re driving or drinking.. lost a couple of friends that way many years ago. “April is the cruelest month’’. Just be careful out there folks, nothing so important you gotta go breaking the speed limit for.


13 posted on 04/28/2013 6:56:01 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: surroundedbyblue

According to the Urban Dictionary:
“”Catholics (or any form of Christianity, basically) who only goes to Church on days when they give out free stuff; namely Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday.

“Bob: Do you ever go to Church?
Steve: Only on Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, when they give out free stuff.
Bob: Dude, you are such an A and P Catholic!””

I am not sure that I believe this. Ashes and palm fronds don’t have much value.


14 posted on 04/28/2013 7:09:11 PM PDT by iowamark
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Solemnity? What’s that? I think too many of our faithful have forgotten.

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Just look at how many come dressed as if they are attending the ball game.


15 posted on 04/28/2013 7:24:24 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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Can’t say I know what an A&P Catholic is.

The folks who show up for "giveaways" - Ashes & Palms.

I know C&E Catholics (Christmas & Easter)....

I had forgotten that expression. In this instance, I intended it to mean (First) Communion & Weddings. They also appear at Confirmations ; - )

16 posted on 04/29/2013 3:28:31 AM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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We learned to like that old codger over the years though. He’s quite a funny old guy.

Good for you! Priests are not cast from the same mold; they come with unique personalities. Some parishioners might feign offense at his actions. You, on the other hand, were more broadminded.

17 posted on 04/29/2013 3:33:35 AM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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One thing our pastor has done has backfired just as I predicted it would. He got tired of people leaving early, so he moved the announcements to before Mass instead of after. Now people come in late and the ones that leave early still leave early.

I visited one Catholic Church (I don't remember where now) where the pastor had printed in beautiful script across the inside, upper thresholds of the doors: "At the first Mass... Judas left first."

18 posted on 04/29/2013 5:59:20 AM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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All parishes should have that above every door.


19 posted on 04/29/2013 6:40:27 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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The picture below is the church I attended from birth until I was married. It is the largest in the state. One of our pastors told me that they had calls all the time from people who wanted to get married there. Not parishioners or even Catholics, just people who thought they'd rent the church like they did a reception hall. Pretty amazing.


20 posted on 04/29/2013 7:02:05 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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