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Who needs the update?

To the editor:

I’m at wits end. I am almost ready to see what is wrong with me. In my most recent visit to a local Sunday Mass, I was met with a very nice melodious sound of the choir. They consisted of two women and a pianist. They were dressed lovely, their outfits fitting a Sunday. But the pianist was wearing cut-off shorts with straggling strings hanging to his ankles and a stripped T-shirt. OK, just accept it and be thankful I belong to an all inclusive church. Right?

At the same Liturgy I was behind a lovely mother and daughter. Mom was dressed in a very nice outfit. Her daughter had a pair of shorts so short that I was embarrassed. Since her mom was OK with it, I guess I should be, right?

I’m challenged too by the presence of coffee and other beverages at church. Not so much that they are drinking it but that they are so rude not to tell me that it was now being served. I mean it must be OK, right? After all no one from the pulpit is saying no.

Remember your first Communion training and the disrespect that was noted by chewing gum? That is now been abolished — think; I’m not sure. But a heck of a lot of people are receiving while chewing gum. So, if there is a change here could we hear from the pulpit or bulletin? I’d like to know. Thanks.

We won’t mention cell phones, texting, game playing and iPods — or is it iPads? Maybe these folks are following the readings in a new way. If so I’d like to be updated. I mean we are an all-inclusive church. However, just for fun let’s just try this in a Temple or Protestant tradition church.

I’m trying real hard to come along with our church. The new responses’ and prayers aren’t too bad. I mean I’m really trying. I will always love the church, have for shy of 60 years. But, I think I slept through that class on accepting the unacceptable. Because I feel too much is being asked of me already. I know I must be alone in my thinking so I’m asking for help. Please advise.

John Trippe

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