Why is it that so many Catholic Churches seem to have homemade banners (“Rejoice!” see, look at my attempt at calligraphy!) and printed out signs (*“Hearts are for Rejoicing” *or some such), etc., taped and hung around the walls on the inside of the church. Reminds me of sticky notes taped all over someone’s computer at work. These are temporary banners, not part of the walls. One parish I visited had strung up the banners with instructions to…I forget…go out and evangelize or rejoice in the good news or something…I forget, exactly, but I shouldn’t have forgotten because the print was about 4 feet high and placed in a huge sign running the width of the church, hung up very closed to the ceiling (maybe, like God shouting down to us?).
Yesterday, I attended Mass at a old, ornate, turn-of-the-century ethnic parish and amidst the beautiful stained glass windows and ornate religious pictures and woodwork were legal-sized pieces of paper someone had taped on the walls. They were printed out in a bright, garish color with some bland, inane two- or three-word slogan. It wasn’t enough to see one or two of these…they had them taped all around the walls like stations of the cross…all saying the same thing! Totally distracting, ugly, childish and silly. Makes me feel like I entered a kindergarten room, or a pep rally before a big game. What was Father thinking? :ouch: