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Pet Peeves about Attending Church Services
A Catholic Church Mass Service
Attending Catholic Church Services
The first memories of the Catholic Church and religion carry me back to the early 1950s. At that time, I was attending Saint Mary's Help of Christians Church and School in West Allis, Wisconsin, and also training to be an altar boy. There seemed to be a mysterious magic in the Catholic Church at that time, and I really enjoyed memorizing my Latin prayers and assisting the priest celebrate Mass.
Later, I attended different Catholic churches as a boy, and even attended Sunday Mass when I was in college. After joining the Navy and getting married, I attended church with my family only occasionally.
In this hub, I will not argue the merits of attending church, but only comment on my pet peeves as follow below.
A Church Sermon or Homily
Long, Boring Sermons
Very seldom have I heard Billy Graham evangelical type sermons which have moved and inspired me. Most of the sermons I hear are rather long and boring. Sometimes on Sundays it is a struggle to stay awake while the celebrant of the Mass mumbles for almost an eternity.
For a long time, I stopped attending church after my wife almost passed out during one Sunday morning Mass service. This happened in Thailand when the church wanted to save money by using small fans instead of running its air-conditioner during hot and humid weather.
A Crying Baby
Crying Babies and Young Children
It is very hard to pay attention to the Mass or pray when distracted by loud crying babies or young children. Only a few parents have the common sense to remove their kids from church when they have temper and crying fits.
I have always disliked going to small churches where there is inadequate seating. It seems that if you are not 10-15 minutes early, you will have to stand in the aisles or in the back of the church during an hour service.
Inadequate Parking Near the Church
Most of the churches I have attended have had very small parking lots. Unless getting to church early, it is necessary to walk sometimes two or three blocks after finding a parking space on the street.
Pet Peeves about Attending Church Services
What is your top pet peeve about attending church services?
Having to Kneel
During some parts of the Mass, it is necessary for parishioners to kneel. As I get older, this is more difficult to do as well as genuflect. When I was in the fourth or fifth grade, we were all required to attend Holy Hours on every Thursday afternoon. At times it seemed like torture and eternity having to kneel for almost one hour while saying prayers.
People Who Talk in Church
You would think that most Catholics would view the church as a solemn place for worship. On the contrary, I am very surprised and appalled at the loud talking I hear while the priest is celebrating the Mass.
Can't Hear the Celebrant or Pastor
In some of the churches I have attended, it was very difficult to hear the celebrant or pastor. A lot of the microphones or public address systems are very bad, and half of the time don't work very well.
Can't Understand the Language of the Church Service
Whenever I attend a Mass in Thailand celebrated in the Thai language, I am extremely challenged to understand everything during the service, especially the sermon or homily. When I taught English at a Catholic School in Thailand, all foreign and Thai teachers were periodically required to attend Masses which were celebrated only in Thai.
People Who Steal from the Collection Box
During the Offertory period of the Mass, a collection box is passed around and church-goers put their offerings into it. In some churches, ushers have a box or basket affixed to a long stick which they move through the pews of the church. In other churches, ushers only have a basket which they request church-goers pass around from person to person. While this latter collection method was going on in Thailand, I spotted a couple of young people removing money from the basket instead of making an offering.
There are other pet peeves to be sure, but these are the ones at the top of my list. My top pet peeve probably would be long and boring sermons.
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