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  • I think some sit in the back so that they can slip out of church after communion and not be seen. Guess what, the priest can see them!(That's a future blog also.) I remember going to a church on vacation and the priest "inviting" everyone to stay until the last verse of the last song was sung. I thought it was a great idea.

    Posted on Jul 11th, 2011 at 3:19 PM by Susan Howard

  • There is nothing worse than making a foolish sound while you're sitting up front! You know the nervous giggle that usually follow something like that? Try stopping that when you're up front! Seriously, Mary, our priest occasionally asked us to sit up front so that when latecomers got there, they wouldn't feel so visible. It was a kindness to them when we did that. I think people just sit where they feel comfortable. And usually that's wherever we sat the week before. Unless we're late for mass, and someone has already taken "our" seats. May God help all of us to break out of our comfort zones this week, and sit next to someone else we care about, like you.

    Posted on Jul 11th, 2011 at 9:07 PM by Theresa Godsey

  • A 'considerate' thought from back seat parishioners: the church could look like evenly occupied because not enough participants during the Mass.

    Posted on Jul 14th, 2011 at 2:41 PM by Chen

  • Thanks for your comments everyone. I think it's obvious, we all sit in our comfort zones, and, as I said, it doesn't matter where ya sit, just get there!

    Posted on Jul 15th, 2011 at 7:56 PM by Mary Breiner

  • Our ex-parish Priest the Late Fr. Hugh used to refer the people standing outside the church for mass as 'Outstanding Catholics'. its not rare for us to see a packed church every Saturday and Sunday for Mass, irrespective of the conditions. We were one of those outstanding Catholics who used to sit out and changed to 'Inside Catholics' once we got married

    Posted on Jul 18th, 2011 at 10:04 AM by Anil Dsouza

  • Luke 14: 7-11 was the reason my 92 yr old mother used when I asked her why we did not sit up closer to the front.

    Posted on Jul 21st, 2011 at 6:16 AM by Vicki Marcellus Smith