Last Saturday our parish started posting hospitality ministers (HMs) at each entrance so that once the priest walks in to begin Mass they will not allow the late faithful in until he has reached the altar. My elderly mother and father were a few minutes late and decide to ignore the guards at the door and take their seats like they have for the past 26 years. My mother makes it past the guard but my father was not so lucky. The HM grabbed him by his left arm and swung him around. Dad’s arm hurt all weekend. He’s had surgery on his knees in the past and so, because of the pulling, his legs hurt also.
I sent an email to the deacon and pastor; only the deacon responded and apologized for the “misunderstanding,” but said, “however if it had been my dad I would have brought it to our attention sooner than waiting two days.” For one I was out of town and am so glad I was because if I had been there when it happened that so-called hospitality minister would have been on the floor. I know that doesn’t sound very Catholic but who would let someone hurt his elderly parents? Even if I saw that happening to someone else in our parish.