Cell Phones and other Annoyances

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Cell Phones and other Annoyances
Sun, 06-27-2004 - 12:49pm

..At mass this morning, I must have heard 2, maybe 3 cell phones go off.



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Sun, 06-27-2004 - 1:57pm
I've had my cell phone go off a couple of times in Mass. I always have it on, and sometimes I forget to turn it off when I go into church. If it does go off, I just shut it off as quickly as possible. Now what amazed me one Sunday was one lady's who's cell phone probably rang 3 or 4 times, and each time, she would let it continue to ring until she got to the lobby to answer it. Finally the priest commented that "he hoped it was God calling". All I could think was that maybe she had a critcally ill family member at home or something.

I think a reminder at the beginning of Mass to turn these devices off is nice.

The late arrivers don't bother me too much. Been in their shoes. Maybe a diaper had to be changed at the last minute (or a whole outfit) or someone forgot their shoes or there were parking difficulties or it was a choice of be late or miss Mass entirely. Maybe they stopped to help someone along the way or got caught up in an accident. I think it's rude to leave before the priest leaves, but once again, maybe they've got emergencies or they've got to get to work or something. I don't make a general rule of leaving before the priest, but I can confess to doing that a handful of times, too.



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Sun, 06-27-2004 - 3:50pm

I can't imagine even bringing my phone into church.

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Mon, 06-28-2004 - 8:49am

We had a reminder about turning off cell phones this morning before mass began.

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Mon, 06-28-2004 - 10:15am

Thanks for all Your Responses..You know, I should have added a Couple more Notes of Concern:

Cell Phones have gotten so out of hand at our Parish, that our Pastor included a blurb in the bulletin, respectfully requesting that these please be refrained from for Mass..And even in yesterday's bulletin, there is mention to please consider your stance of obligation.



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Tue, 06-29-2004 - 7:14am
I don't like cell phones anywhere. It's rude, imo, wherever you are. I think all cell phones have a "buzz" setting. Why can't people use that?

There's one woman at work who wears a headset and talks on the phone (personal calls) for hours - even while she's walking around the building.

I think it's an addiction. If you can't go to work or Mass without making personal (non-emergency) calls, there's something wrong. Arrested development at the least - world's oldest teenagers. :-)


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Fri, 07-02-2004 - 12:00am
REALLY?! I have never heard of this happening before at Church! Perhaps if they were emergencies, it would be OK. Was anything else annoying at Church that was not centering on God or Jesus Our Savior? I can understand that I'd just leave if mine had rung & revealed a higher emergency.
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Fri, 07-02-2004 - 11:10am
We have a few of them go off a week in our church. It is so distracting and I think rude. I put mine on Vibrate during mass so that if there is and emergency I will at least know without interrupting anyone else.

As far as people leaving before the priest. I think it is wrong, but have done it when I had another commitment after mass I needed to get to. Arriving late well you know when mass starts same time every week there shouldn't be a reason for being late unless the traffic was bad.


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Fri, 07-02-2004 - 11:57pm
I don't understand the cellphone thing either. My husband is a volunteer firefighter, and when we go to Mass, he turns his pager off. I doubt there are very many phone calls that would be more important than a page for firefighters (unless that's the person who's house the firefighter's getting called to) so if he can spare an hour without his pager, other folks can spare an hour from their phones.

And as far as arriving late, I'll admit that we've been guilty of that very often. We've never been the most punctual people, and add two kids under 2 and an unpredictable schedule, and we're never on time anywhere. It's something we struggle with every week, but we make sure to always stay standing at the back of the church when we're late, and we'd never leave before the priest.

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Wed, 07-07-2004 - 1:43am

You took the words straight out of my mouth.