Went to morning mass today…

Posted: September 29, 2009 by datechguy in catholic, local stuff
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…as it is the feast of St. Michael the Archangel, St. Raphael the Archangel (Book of Tobit for you protestants out unfamiliar with him thanks to Luther) and St. Gabriel the Archangel.

I went to Immaculate Conception since we don’t have a Tuesday mass at my parish. They held their mass in the chapel (Many Catholic churches have small chapels where the more sparsely attended weekday masses can take place without the expense of opening up the main church) It is a little smaller than the size of my kitchen and living room combined. There were about 16 people there counting me and not counting the priest.

One fellow had a little kid not more than 2 years old with him. She was a very active child and remained so all during mass. I could see the father was very embarrassed as he tried to keep her occupied.

A lot of people get angry about that kind of thing, but looking at the chapel I saw that counting myself there were only 4 adults below the age of 50 present. Our city has 8 Catholic churches for a population of 35,000. The Diocese of Worcester will be closing at least three and perhaps as many as 4 of the city’s churches over the next 9 months.

I think we should be very happy that he was there with his child. I wish the Chapel had 20 parents with kids all trying to keep them in line this morning. If we had more of them perhaps Fitchburg’s Catholics wouldn’t be wondering which churches will still be around this time next year.

Update: Hey it’s one of the Anchoress‘ favorite feast days too! I knew that woman had taste.

  1. Adrienne says:

    Two key words:

    1. Father
    2. Child

    How nice to see a father with a child at daily Mass.

    The only time I get a bit annoyed is when the parents just throw up their hands and let the child run wild. It is only through gentle repetition that a child learns how to behave.