August 28, 2007

And I'm Telling You I'm Not Moving

Not exactly a song from Dreamgirls, but close.

There's a thread in the comments on this post of Terry's that inspired a Cranky Cathy post!

S'up with the folks that HAVE to not only sit in the same pew at every Mass but once they are in it they sit on the end and WILL NOT MOVE! Don't even THINK of sitting here next to me! Climb over me if you want to Grandma. Oh, and I'm not going up for Communion but I'm still going to sit here on the end of the pew. Furthermore, I'm not getting up so YOU can go up to receive Communion. You DARED to sit in MY pew, why should I help you?

Where's the Christian charity? Do people still pay pew rental? Is no one capable of getting up? What if there's a fire? Does anyone work out anymore?

Now, see, I KNOW Catholics CAN get up and move quickly if they feel they need to. Cripes, they practically knock me over on their way to the elevator immediately after Communion (or right when Communion starts if they aren't going up to receive). Ding-ding! Ding-ding! Goes that elevator button in the back. Not like they are making a quiet get away. Like most Catholics they are probably double parked in a tow away zone and need to get out of there in a quick hurry since they got to Mass 10 minutes late anyway.


Blogger japhy said...

I think we need to up your dosage.

Receive the Eucharist twice a day, and pray in the morning.

(But in all seriousness, I know where you're coming from.)

August 28, 2007 9:39 AM  
Blogger Ma Beck said...

I don't care which pew I sit in, as long as it's on "MY SIDE" of the church.

Can't they disable the elevator ding-ding?

August 28, 2007 9:55 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ma: I think legally the elevator has to make a sound when it arrives at a floor/door opens. It's for the visually impaired.

My parish does have some members who are legally blind. Interestingly enough they are not the ones fleeing early for the exit.

japhy: I like that dosage recommendation.

August 28, 2007 11:35 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

What Church do you go to?

I figure if I got to Church 1 hour before Mass - I "own" the end of the pew. It's the latecomers who are the trouble makers. LOL!

Grumpy old man.

August 28, 2007 12:22 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Grumpy: St. Andrew. I mention it because since I can barely get you to go to lunch, the odds of you actually showing up at my church are virtually nil.

I triple dog dare you.

August 28, 2007 12:39 PM  
Blogger the Mom said...

You have an elevator in the church?

August 28, 2007 12:55 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

We used to have a "regular" pew at Mass, but didn't want to have to fight with another family who didn't understand that the particular pew I sat in had been my father's before me, I inherited it from him. These newbie interlopers just were messing up the whole apple cart. Instead of explaining the entire workings of the universe to them, we gave up OUR pew and moved back to the middle of the church and acquired a new "regular" pew. However, since possession is 9/10th of the law, and we haven't been there all summer, I think when we go back to St. A's in a few weeks that we will once again have to find greener pastures. Hopefully, we won't have to crawl over a grumpy old man to get to our new pew ;}

August 28, 2007 1:00 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

the mom: Yes.

Swissmiss: If you tell Terry where you want to sit, he will probably be sure to sit there just to mess with you! LOL!

August 28, 2007 1:23 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

I have a secret weapon for folks like Terry. They're called kids. I will be sure to bring them to Mass tired, hungry, with only one book to share, I mean fight over, and in need of a diaper change.

August 28, 2007 1:41 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

If you folks would sit up with the Pharisees in the front rows, you wouldn't have that problem. Just make sure that you don't sit in the row reserved for the handicapped. They can be pretty possessive about their pew.

I calculate the "Pharisee Rows" to be the first three. That's why I can be found generally somewhere near rows four to ten.

August 28, 2007 1:43 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray: I always sit up in the handicapped section-after I park in their stall, of course.


Oh, Ray, you Pharisee wanna-be!

I sit in the 3rd or 4th row. Sometimes, even the 2nd row!!!! I like to be way up front so I don't get upset about the shenanigans going on behind me in the pews.

August 28, 2007 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Jeron said...

I sit on the end, 4th row from the front. I made the mistake of sitting in the 3rd row once & got griped at by an old Italian man (bless his heart).

August 28, 2007 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was I censored?

August 28, 2007 3:59 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Angela: ?

August 28, 2007 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Elizabeth V. said...

Dear Cathy,

I just found your blog, and I love it, and I'm going to read you every day! (I clicked on your name over on Fr. Z's blog after reading your great comment on his relics post.)

Anyway, I'm leaving my comment to tell you that once a couple had to get up off their kneeler, put it up and let me out, during the Eucharistic Prayer (!), because they didn't move aside to let my family sit on the aisle when we arrived. So, when my baby started doing what babies do, it was either let him wail during the consecration, or oust those people. I ousted 'em.

I felt badly, but if I'd stayed in the church with a wailing baby, I'd have felt badly about that, too.


August 28, 2007 9:09 PM  
Blogger Ma Beck said...

Well our elevator's ding-ding is disabled (at least, I can't recall hearing it, but I've only taken that elevator once), so take THAT, nosy government officials!

(When you hear the door open, the door is open. You can step out now.)

August 28, 2007 11:37 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

elizabeth: Welcome.
Ma: LOL!

August 29, 2007 6:52 AM  

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