MERGED: leaving mass after communion - why don't the priests ever say anything?

So many people receive communion and then walk straight out the door. I used to be a Protestant and we would never dream of leaving before the end! Why don’t the priests ever say anything? I know they probably don’t want to interrupt communion, but why not say politely at the beginning of mass something like, “We ask everyone please not to leave until the mass is over?” Or, I saw one parish that posted a sign at the door saying please refrain from leaving early. But most places it seems like they ignore it, which makes it look like no one cares.

At my old parish this practice was quite common and my priest gave a homily admonishing those who leave before Mass is over and indicated they were committing a sin by doing so-- he told them they should be ashamed to receive the Body of Christ and then turn their back on him and walk out while He is still present on the altar, not even returning to their pew in prayer of thanksgiving.

Coulda heard a pin drop.

In my current parish no one leaves before the dismissal, so I have not seen the priest address this particular issue.

i’ve had priests address this from time to time, but some people don’t care. its not like the priest would have the doors locked until the final blessing

You’d think they could hang on for a few more minutes wouldn’t you?

Least they turned up though I suppose.

Well lets see…

They don’t complain about wearing questionable clothing,talking before and during Mass,
acting like walking back from Communion like you were walking to the beach ect. And when they do complain no one ever seems to change their ways anyway.


This was back in 1986, but a priest in the Dallas diocese actually did lock the doors and posted ushers in front of them like bouncers! From time to time I’ve heard priests say something before Communion or during the homile or right after the beginning of Mass. It works for awhile.

We call it the Judas Shuffle.

I have served as an EMHC, and actually had people practically climb over me to get to the exit after they have received Holy Communion.

We had a priest that blessed the special at a local resturaunt at the beginning of Mass for those who left before Mass was over.

I think one person left early that time, but I think he got paged out for an emergency. (He is a Doctor).

i dont have much room to talk about this because that used to be my favorite thing to do (i dont anymore), but i think the reason might be because there is a siseable group (not majority to my knowledge) that deny that Christ is really present in the Eucharist. so in short those priests dont really care, but the priests that do believe the truth have no excuse at all for not admonishing the people that leave early. not many people leave at my parish, in fact up until i quit doing it i may have been the only one. my parish is big but does not have a large majority of people who are registered who regularly attend, so the people who do are more devout than your average catholic

i don’t see how this is denying the Real Presence. a lot of people see the Eucharist as the most important part of mass, and therefore don’t see the necessity of staying there after they have received. there are even people who would come late and leave early, and for them as long as they receive the Eucharist, they’ve completed their Sunday obligation. of course that is not right, but at least they understand the Real Presence and not deny it and come to church only for the Eucharist

for me, the earliest i would leave Mass if i really must is after the priest leaves the Sanctuary. although technically you can leave after the Final Blessing. but my friend who sins in the choir would argue otherwise, and that no one should leave until they’re done singing :smiley:

i find here in Canada that the doors are closed during mass, but not locked

can’t be the same in the Philippines as not all churches are airconditioned, so doors must be wide open at all times when the church is open to the public. so people can sneak in and out of mass

the doors being closed does help somewhat, but not much. i find it irritating that some people who decide to leave early even make some noise opening and closing the doors, or even leave it open. not good during the cold months

I wouldn’t hold it against the elderly who might want to beat the crowd out the door as they may move quite slowly themselves.

Second, I’ve done this but it was at weekday Masses that were also funerals. Once communion is distributed in that case, they may have a eulogy and/or it’s time to bring the casket out of the church. That’s more of a time for the family not the Daily Mass Crowd.

After that all I can say is that they’d rather get out and get to thier cars first so they don’t have to wait 15 minutes to get out of the parking lot. Sad either way.

I was brought up to only leave my pew after the priest filed past on his own way out. Anything else was rude.

But why don’t they say anything? People are going to do it anyway and those that do know what they are doing. So in my mind there is nothing to say.

But there are a few that will leave even before communion if they are planning on joining the Church.

Sins in the choir…:eek::eek::eek:


typo or freudian slip? :smiley:

The parish church I attended when I was a kid had a huge sign over the doors leading to the front entrance. It said: “The first person to leave Mass early was Judas!”

The sad part–a lot of people didn’t get it.

Our pastor has mentioned this a few times. He likened it to having dinner with friends and then leaving before the meal was over. He said you would never walk out on your friends, why would you do it to the Lord? Also, an assoicate pastor we had said his favorite thing to do when the other priest said mass was to make sure he was standing outside the doors after Communion. He would catch all the Judas shufflers and call them out by name–hey, John and Mary, I see you are leaving early again!:wink:

When my son (now age 10) was little we would sit towards the back in case our little “Roamin’ Catholics” would decide to make a break for it so we wouldn’t be a distraction. When he would see somebody leaving early he would shout, “hey where are you going? Bye-bye!” Our pastor thought it was great and he should be put on the payroll.

I think a little peer pressure might work…or would that be “pew” pressure? Either way, somebody should comment about it (in a Christian way of course).

We have them coming in right through the Gospel and leaving at communion. Not only do these morons arrive during the Gospel, they sashay right up front to sit in the “wings” on either side of the altar just as proud as can be with themselves then they let the side doors slam when they leave at communion!

Our parish includes a “reminder” during the announcements before mass begins. Right before they ask everyone to turn off their cellphones or put them on vibrate. And then we say the Prayer for Priests as a congregation. Love it.

Many years back, pre-VII, a priest stopped just before starting the Prayers at the foot of the altar after mass. He turned and announced, " We will now say the prayers for all those who have just left the church." It was several weeks before anyone left early again.

I know another who sent an altar boy with a candle to escort anyone who left right after communion on the grounds that they were carrying the Blessed Sacrament and deserved a proper escort. That killed early leaving for a bit.

One of the priests at my church says there is an optical illusion in our church - It looks full from the front but half empty from the back. He did note that he only sees it from the back before processing in and after processing out, and from the front at the reading of the Gospel and in giving Communion. :smiley:

For all that I’ve complained about some stuff in our parish, this is one problem we don’t seem to have. The only time I’ve noticed it at all is at Christmas and Easter when the ‘irregulars’ show up.:smiley:

The only person I’ve seen leave early, often, is the anesthetist who’s also our organist at the Sunday Mass and a reader at the anticipated Mass. That exit is usually preceded by the sound of his pager.

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