We’re all familiar with A & P catholics. Perhaps we should refer to this group as C & W catholics?
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.
Does Deacon Kandra have something against Texas Ranger fans? ;-)
Being in NY, I figure that’s why he used that pic.
Blame the Church Pastor and Bishops. Nearly all of them have failed the Church miserably. Roger Mahony is EXHIBIT #1
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.
Solemnity? Whats that? I think too many of our faithful have forgotten.
Just look at how many come dressed as if they are attending the ball game.
Sadly, I’ve seen everything the Deacon is mentioning here. My least favorite: The Cirque de Baptism with 20 babies at a time. Bleeccch! Once, when I was standing up there with my new goddaughter in my arms (the 14th of 15!), the priest instructed everyone to sing, “If You’re Catholic And You Know It, Clap Your Hands.” Uhmmmm.....no, I don’t think I will sing that, thanks.
None of the babies got a real exorcism, but they DID get that little ditty. It was the most irreverent sacramental ceremony I’ve ever seen, with people literally climbing over each other and Father having to shout to be heard (his own fault; he should run a tighter ship and not have those mass baptisms).