Is dressing appropriately for Mass a thing of the past? I go to two Churches…one of them is the Parish Cathedral and the other is St. Agnes where I go to enjoy the TLM. At the Cathedral, I see people dressed better than at any of the other parishes in my diocese, except for St. Agnes…however, I would say only 10% of them dress reverently at The Cathedral. I could be wrong, but in my opinion, I consider dressing reverently to be the following: Men–1)suit or some close variation such as a dress shirt, tie, and slacks. Women–A nice, but modest dress (mantilla’s optional).
At St. Agnes, I would venture to say that probably 90-95% of the people dress reverently…but that is one parish out of I don’t know how many…which is very sad…What is happening to us people??? Why do we not pay God the proper respect and dress appropriately anymore??? People stare at me when I go to Mass at other parishes and I am wearing a suit…like I am doing something wrong. Outside of St. Agnes, I see people wearing rock n roll shirts, shorts, very short dresses, very tight clothes, t-shirts, wallets with chains, disgusting piercings, etc…It really disgusts me.
Now on the other hand, I own a restraunt, so I get to see a large array of protestants come in and eat on Sunday evening and on Wednesday evenings…They are all dressed impeccably. The guys are all wearing suits or some type of dress shirt with slacks and the women are all dressed modestly in dresses or some other modest attire. I hate to say it, but this is one category where protestants are kicking our butts.