This is more a curiosity question, a “what would you do?” sort of thing…
Our parish has five Masses every weekend. We have tried them all. They all have some form of rock band type music, with drum sets and electric guitars.
It is a rather small venue and they turn the sound system way up.
My children, especially my son, simply cannot handle the volume or type of sound. They all prefer the quieter Mass with gregorian chanting way across town, even though it is in Latin and is half again as long.
The catechesis and sacramental prep programs, as well as community activities for children, at our parish, are great. And the parish is full of great people. And the priests are very knowledgeable and deliver truthful and hard-hitting homilies.
But my son cannot be in the Mass without noise-canceling headphones on during the music portions of the liturgy (which even happens during communion). He is making his First Holy Communion in two weeks at this parish, so we are required to attend at least that Mass (and he probably won’t be permitted headphones at that Mass). And my oldest daughter cannot bear the sound either and sticks her fingers in her ears, although she is not forced to leave the Mass due to the sound.
Would you, as a parent, just choose to always attend Mass at the other parish across town?
Or would you continue to attend Mass at your home parish, and just always bring along the noise-canceling headphones?
Or…would you speak up to someone at the parish about the volume of sound, and risk making yourself persona non grata at your parish?
Just curious how others would handle this. Thanks!