This may not seem a big deal to some people but it really annoyed me.
I recently attended a vigil mass while away on business, unfortunately I left in a less than charitable mood. Mass was said so quickly that if one didn’t have a missal it was just garbled - acoustics in large churches do not really allow for rapid speech, however, I have experienced this before so no big matter. What really did get to me though was this…
At the offertory collection baskets were being passed around, however, the celebrant launched into the Eucharistic prayer which meant that those of us at the back were still passing the baskets around just before the Sanctus, a second collection was also making its way around for a separate cause. Long story short - a basket was thrust into my hand just at the point of the elevations!
This was at a well known and prominent Catholic Church, I would have expected more knowledge of the importance of the liturgy by the stewards. All in all I left a little annoyed and disappointed. I did try to presume on the good intentions of those collecting, however, this did push the boundaries.
Anyone else experienced this sort of thing and how did you deal with it?