Okay, I’m warning you in advance that the following is a bit of a rant.
I am just a little annoyed right now. Being young and not really settled yet, I have lived in several large cities in the last few years, and I don’t actually have a parish I call home. In fact, I often attend Sunday mass at a different parish each week, since I’m still trying to find a place I like. There is one parish in my current city that I have enjoyed attending, but as it is pretty far from where I live, I usually attend mass at this particular parish only once a month.
This morning, since I wasn’t especially busy, I decided to go to mass at this parish. Now, when I say it’s far away, I mean I have to take pubic transportation for almost an hour to get there. I arrived about 10 minutes before mass was supposed to start, at a time which they advertise on their website. I was surprised to find that there was already mass going on. It turns out that they had changed their mass schedule for this particular Sunday. I had glanced at the website for the parish this morning to check on the masstimes, but didn’t see anything about the mass schedule having been changed; now I see they did have something about it, but not in the most obvious place, for example on the first page of their website in large letters! :mad: So I had the choice to wait around for 1.5 hours until the next mass started, or go somewhere else. I left, to find a church that actually has mass at the times it advertises. I’m not sure I’m going back. Now tell me, what exactly was the necessity of changing the mass schedule? And if the mass schedule absolutely had to be changed, post it on the top of the webpage in large red letters. Seriously.
On a slightly unrelated note, priests often complain about how few people go to confession anymore. Maybe the problem is not that they don’t want to go, but that confession is not readily available. I cannot tell you how many times I have tried to go to confession at a church during a time they have listed on their website as having confession, and either the confession has been in some not very obvious place, for example, a back chapel, or the priest hasn’t actually been there at the time he was supposed to be there. If you run your parish webpage and confession is not held in the most obvious place (a confessional in the church) then please explain where confession is and how to get there. Signs in the church also help. Or maybe these parishes are trying to be unwelcoming to newcomers?
Okay I think I am done ranting. For now at least.