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Let's not make Mass about the insiders

Should we keep the birthday celebrations outside of Mass? Or does a round of "Happy Birthday" to parish staff show deserved appreciation? Read this month's Sounding Board, and give us your feedback.


  October 2011

October 2011


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Weekly Bulletin
September 20, 2011

Are you in? Or are you out?       


Your birthday's on a Sunday this year and you've decided to kick off your next year by going to morning Mass before heading to a birthday lunch with your friends and family. At the end of Mass, just after the announcements, the choir director stands up and says to the whole congregation, "Today we have a special birthday!" You're flattered, wondering who told them, but the choir director continues, "So let's sing for Father O'Malley."

Greg Pierce thinks that situations like these send the wrong message to parishioners and argues that celebrating birthdays and anniversaries of parish staff, or even a job well done by the choir, should be left out of Mass. Is he right? Or are these people under appreciated and deserving of a round of applause now and then? Take our Sounding Board survey and let us know what you think.  


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