I just wanted to put this out there for anyone to respond. The church we usually attend here in Toronto has been newly renovated as of last summer. Unfortunately, the tabernacle has been put into a room for private Eucharistic devotion. Although I have no problem with the practice of Eucharistic Adoration, in fact, I would encourage all parishes to have this available whenever possible, what I am having a problem with is that when I attend Mass, the tabernacle is not visible.
At the time that it was being planned, it was promised that we would at least be able to see it through the glass partition. This did not happen and I know for a fact that many parishioners left the parish due to this. As a result of this, it seems that the Real Presence is absent. We always make a point of visiting the chapel after every Mass to show that we didn’t forget our Lord even if He can’t be within the church proper. Also I’ve noticed that the lack of a visible tabernacle has led to people genuflecting to the altar, the grand piano or not at all. People are talking loudly after Mass in their pews to a point of distraction for those praying their prayers of thanksgiving. I have considered leaving the parish but am involved in the Marriage Preparation course as well as the Knights of Columbus council there. Am I being petty about this? It has been a sore spot for many months. Any suggestions? Pax vobis