• Pr Dustin Parker
    July 21, 2014 Reply

    Great article Cardinal Dolan,
    But it s ne those who officiate or assist at the mass need to read as well- and accept responsibility for as well. The pastor/priest who just reads the words – as if he is reading the paper, and not the sacred words the people need to hear. The organists, musicians, choirs and cantors or choir who is more focused on their voice, than whether the people of God are singing His praises,
    I agree fully that the people need to know the mass is more than entertainment, yet we who serve also have to do the blessed, sacred work of revealing god’s presence to His people well need to do give our best, out of love for Him, and our love for them! Yes?


  • Cathy Palmer
    July 21, 2014 Reply

    Thank you Cardinal Dolan for speaking about this issue. I have had a few of my CCD kids say that sometimes and I would tell them that God never gets bored with you.
    God bless you

  • Linda Dokey
    July 21, 2014 Reply

    Love your HOMILIES. No Mass is. Never. Boring if you come to Worship and Give THANKSGIVING for all GOD’S BLESSINGS. Thank You for Your Service to ALL OF US. AMEN

  • Mark Voris
    July 21, 2014 Reply

    This IS a very good article! Thank you Cardinal Dolan. We started a mass at 6 pm on Sunday’s that is fantastic! It’s 5th year in existence. … packed with young professionals from mostly Ohio State University…. “LastCall” a mass for the 20 something’ …High energy, different priest each week come to celebrate the Blessed Euchurist with us…the best guys from our dioceses. Fr. Sizemore, a friend of yours came the first year to celebrate with us but saw the Holy Spirit at work and went back to his parish and started his 6pm. This mass has blessed many people along the way of all ages including many .fallin’ away catholics which have returned. The foundation is simple. ..prayer and catchiest that is right in line with your article.
    I believe due to the technology these days we, the church, need to have masses like this to help pull vault evangelism and renewal.
    I personally challenge you to come celebrate with us and see first hand what a good role model we have for our American church and for you to take back this incredible worship experience in celebrating Mass at St Christopher Parish to His Holiness Pope Francis.
    God Bless You, we love you, and pray for you.
    In His Mighty work,
    Mark Voris

  • Bob Holbrook
    July 21, 2014 Reply

    What a beautiful and inspiring message. I will definitely pass this along.

  • Bob
    July 22, 2014 Reply

    Please speak out more on abortion, religious liberty, and the attacks on traditional marriage. I spoke to my pastor after Mass yesterday, he said I should write to you. The church leaders are too quiet in these troubled times.

  • Kate Duffy
    July 22, 2014 Reply

    We had a fabulous priest. He had homilies that were so brilliant that they spoke to an adult, but he also put layers in that appealed to my 6, 7 and 12 year old children. He had them laughing out loud in church and commenting to each other during the homilies….The homilies were always on point and delivered a deep spiritual understanding of our faith, the priest pulled no punches but spoke clearly and plainly and valiantly about the realities of the culture we live in and and how that often conflicted with the life that Jesus called us to live. The Mass this priest celebrated was REVERENT and very holy and the priest was deeply devoted to Christ in the Eucharist to the point where when the unfortunate happenstance occurred of Precious Body of our Lord accidentally falling to the ground, he stopped every thing and immediately attended to Our Lord before continuing with the distribution of Communion. He never set a chalice aside to be purified after Mass and honestly, we parishioners were happy to wait for things to be done properly. After Mass everyone retired to the Hall to visit and get a bite to eat. I have never experienced such community in a church. The old folks drank coffee and wagged their chins while the many children played together in the hall, ran around on the lawn or watched a movie from the huge free video library. After that, on almost every Sunday I can remember, all the families with children would go to someone’s house for a bbq or go on a hike or have a bon fire, the priests were always invited to attend and often did. They were a part of our families. Miracles abounded at this parish as did vocations. My children were never bored with the Mass, and they declared Sunday their favorite day of the week. When your children live for Sundays, because they get to go to Mass….that’s when you know you’ve succeeded as a Catholic parent.

    Don’t ask what happened to that good and holy priest. We all know what happens to openly devout Catholic priests who successfully feed the sheep entrusted to their care.

    Dear Bishop, please do us a favor and protect our good and holy priests. Good priests, because of their reverence for and fidelity to the Eucharist, make it easy for parishioners to see the beauty of the Mass, and therefore can never find it boring.

  • St. Michael’s Religious Ed Office
    July 22, 2014 Reply

    Good for 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation Prep

  • Margo
    July 22, 2014 Reply

    Good article

  • stu sparber
    July 22, 2014 Reply

    God gave us St.Padre Pio as an example of a priest who lived the Mass. Not only because of his stignmata but in spite of it and with Jesus on the cross. A priest must suffer with the Living Christ and His suffering Body to effectively bring blessings on all! Thogh we are baptized and in grace or have the office the effects are so much less unl;ess we share Christ’s Redemptive Love! Our Lady Speaks To Her Priests speaks on this point very well!

  • randy speas
    July 22, 2014 Reply

    Never thought about this way. This was really good.

  • Devoted
    July 23, 2014 Reply

    I agree. However, sometimes I mentally run out of church screaming b/c of the same old songs droning on, and the singing endlessly of the Gloria, which I wish we could just say again in my church. Doesn’t have to be that way. At this point in my parish, I would rather attend the early mass to avoid the subjective choices made for the liturgy-it is actually distracting and reducing my worship.

    • Caoimhín
      July 24, 2014 Reply

      Agreed. I say this prayerfully and respectfully, but the Mass is not boring, but poor execution sometimes detracts from it. Some examples? Late starts; announcements that obviate the need for a bulletin; songs the go on long after the processional or offertory has ended; 20 minute, rambling, off-the-cuff homilies; ad hoc proceedings (such as blessing the RICA candidates each week as they leave Mass for instruction); and squadrons of EHMCs whose own reception of the Blessed Sacrament (prior to being dispatched to their stations) as well as frequent blessing of children who are not receiving by EHMCs; to name a few. Perhaps that’s why I love going to Mass during the week, it’s not a substitute for my weekly obligation, but in the simplicity and quiet of Mass during the week, I find peace and a deeper connection with the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

  • Deacon Memo Rodriguez
    July 23, 2014 Reply

    I enjoyed reading this article you eminence, but with all due respect, I think the premise of the article is not accurate.

    When people say “Mass is Boring”, they are not talking about God’s supreme act of Love for us through Jesus Christ. They’re talking about the poor job the priest, the deacon and other liturgical ministers are making in re-presenting that subleime act in the liturgical action.

    I’d rather listen to what they say and revise what I do, instead of assuming they are complaining about The Lord instead of about me.

    Asking for your blessing, I remain your humble servant.

    Deacon Memo

  • Joseph Sciame
    July 25, 2014 Reply

    Cardinal Timothy, you are right on target and great homily for us all. Problem is that we live in a society that loves to be entertained. Our Mass is not entertainment, but rather a celebration! Let us be happy and celebrate the great sacrifice that Jesus set before us all.

  • Pilar H Vazquez
    July 25, 2014 Reply

    Thank you so much Cardinal Donal for your Evangelicalism and teaching . The only problem is that my daughter’s excuse is that she does not want to bother other people when my grand kids are making noise(that is why she does not go). Just twice a years(cafeteria Catholic), I do want to invite you to Napa California to my humble home any time you wish. Mine sincere respect to you and my prayers to you as well to our priest and our Papa Francis. God Bless you and our Dear Mother protector you always. Best Regards, Pilar H Vazquez

  • Norm Fite
    February 12, 2015 Reply

    I agree, Stop looking to be entertained at Mass, we are there to praise God and give thanks to his Son for the sacrifice of the cross, without which we would never enter into the Kingdom of God. Spend forty five minutes doing something other than for yourself, Take in what God has given freely to us and respond with praise and thanksgiving.
    If you think the readers are poor, then volunteer to read yourself, make that small sacrifice for the honor and glory of God.
    If you think the music is poor, then join the choir and be the seed of change.
    If you think the priest is giving poor homilies, then become his support, talk with him and learn and help energize him, Help him bring the energy and zeal back into his homilies. It takes more than a priest to make a parish.
    We can complain, or we can act. No one is exempted from breathing life into a parish. Pick up your cross and join Christ. Make a sacrifice for Him. Then spend forty five minutes without complaint…develop discipline, without which we lose our way and give up on God.
    May the Lord, bless and keep you, may He open your eyes to the path of the Church, may he grant you Patients, Forgiveness, and Grace.

  • Jeron from Holy Infant
    March 3, 2015 Reply

    Guilty as charged. Thanks for the great reminder – and explanation – of what’s most important. Always have known this but so easy to forget — and even more difficult to practice in the daily.


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