04 January 2014

Speaking of the Snowpocalypse

So. I am watching Sports Final on Fox 2 to see Colts-Chiefs highlights, and I see that lots of services at non-Catholic places are cancelled for Sunday.

Think about what that means about the necessity of those services. Think about what that means about the object of those services.

The Mass doesn't get cancelled.

It remains necessary.


Karen said...

Ha! Had exact same thought with hubby! Our wonderful Canons are always available too!

Elizabeth said...

Unfortunately, I heard Catholic cancellations on KMOX this morning. I went to the Saturday vigil Mass yesterday, which was packed.

StGuyFawkes said...

A good post. I relented and went to my local Novus Ordo parish this morning and only four or five families were present. The priest thanked the congregation after Mass for "not sneaking out" of their duty to attend. Sad part is that it really wasn't that hard of a drive, here in West County.

Long-Skirts said...


The snow
The snow
The snow
It falls

The city
The city

The snow
The snow
The snow
Drifts deep

But dawn’s
Early Mass
Will lure
The sheep

The snow
The snow
The snow
Dripping cold

Wet wool
As they plough through
So bold

The snow
The snow
The snow
In warmth kneel

Facing the
Their wool
Shrinks to steel

The snow
The snow
The snow
Again faced


YoungCatholicSTL said...

To be fair, StGuyFawkes, talk to anyone who went to the vigil last night (myself included) and you will hear that most parishes were literally packed. I was at the Old Cathedral and there were more people present than at the noon on Easter Sunday. My parents said their parish in north county was wall-to-wall people last night. While I'm sure some are shirking their obligation, I like to think that many/most who were going to go on Sunday, went the night before.

Rory said...

A religious "service" is about the audience.

The Mass is pleasing to God with only a priest.

That's the difference. It doesn't prove Catholic Tradition to be true. But it explains why non-Catholics and Protestantized Catholics close for bad weather.


Matthew Rose said...

Going to a Saturday evening "vigil" Mass sounds a lot like shirking an obligation...

Anonymous said...

That one does not attend Mass exactly on Sunday because of weather, does not mean the person or family did not devote time to prayer and reflection, perhaps reading and praying the mass, or even (gasp) participating in a televised mass.

I, for one, did not want my 83 year old aunt to venture out, contend with snow covered streets and poorly cleaned sidewalks, thus risking a fall. No one can convince me that the Lord thinks less of her for staying at home.


thetimman said...

Claire, I don't think anyone would think so. I think Matthew's comment was tongue-in-cheek.

Anonymous said...

A practical angle to consider is that many of the pastors/ministers/whatever of these Protestant churches don't live on site, like our priests do. Another benefit of being Catholic. :)


Cathy D said...

Our parish had 200 people STANDING at the Saturday vigil. That's in addition to the packed pews! We had tickets to the SLU game that evening so we went to the 10:15 on Sunday morning. There were about about 50 people total. Since Sunday was also our (once a month) donut Sunday, it made for a very friendly time after mass. Plus we all got to take donuts home!

StGuyFawkes said...

Dear YoungCatholicSTL,

You are right about the vigil Mass.

That's probably where everyone went.