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Monday, March 23, 2009

Hey, did you know the church prefers penance services to private penance?

Yeah, reaaaallllly. My hippy pastor said so in tonight's sermon.

11 comments:

ukok said...

OMGOLLYGOSH!

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Ummm, Karen I think you went to a Protestant church by mistake.

gemoftheocean said...

Unfortunately, Fr. Erik, I didn't. I really dread when he says Mass. If he would just SAY the Mass, and the Mass only, and not try and give little "improvements" here and there, wear a stole (perhaps it's a blessing in disguise he does not?) and shut the hell up instead of giving a sermon ("Jesus loves, you." full stop would be an improvement) I'd be happy.

Oh, and especially not tell EMs "not to bother chasing after people who don't put Communion in their mouths right away we might hurt their little feelings." I've ignored the last, pray for his soul, and pray for his retirement.

Adrienne said...

Ouch - I'd be looking for a new church...

Joe S.R. said...

You mean you don't just love penance services? They're so fun and um...'Communal'..and stuff.
And, if there's general absolution, you can go away feeling good about yourself without any of that yucky 'contrition' or having to actually own up your mistakes.

gemoftheocean said...

Why even bother to go to those communal things. Our pastor gave a general absolution immediately before Communion Easter Sunday Mass last year.

Tara said...

I can hardly stand it!!! There must be another parish close by--are you sure you have valid sacraments--the priest doesn't say weird things when he consecrates the host, I hope--ahhhh, I can hardly stand it!!!

gemoftheocean said...

The General absolution I only saw him give one time. [I did happen to run into his boss a month or so later, if you get my drift.]

No, we as a parish, were not going into battle, nor were we on a sinking ship, or an airplane dropping like a rock out of the sky.

gemoftheocean said...

BTW, Karl Keating USED to be a member of this parish. Does that tell you anything?

LarryD said...

If you think about it, Hell is a lot like a communal penance service: still unforgiven.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Didn't know, I thought heaven was preferable to hell. ;)

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