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Wish list for Sunday Mass

Parish ministry has a tremendous load of work yet, fun and exciting. I always look forward to Sunday’s meet and greet, oh no, hold on, should be more than that, praise God and talk about Catholicism, the stuff of life. With the advent of 2011, I’m not sure if they, my people, come up with something about Mass and all but here’s one. Take it or leave it. On top of the list is, don’t miss Sunday Mass (except if there’s a Cardinals game, wait ’til next season starts), arrive early, dispose properly, take the Mass to heart and not just show up, shut off cell phone before stepping into the church doors, don’t text and snore during homily, if you decide so, oh please, for the life of me, don’t sit in the front pew, laugh at Father’s jokes, silly or not, join the choir in singing preferably, out loud, on top of your lungs, yeah, on key or not, less important to me, as long as it’s heartfelt, but here’s a caveat, lower your tone if you can’t handle a melody and be sensitive to the one seated next to you, smile if you’ve got nothing to put  on the collection basket, no pressure, tough times, I understand, next time, just double it but don’t blow the horn, lol, refrain from looking at your crush esp for Teens, quit staring at people’s … ignore it and focus on worship, give the sign of peace in all sincerity and don’t fake, be nice and kind to latecomers, don’t just settle with crossing hands on the chest when approaching the altar, take advantage of the spiritual pharmacy, I mean, confession, offered 2 hours a week, don’t wait until something horrible happens, confess before receiving communion should you be aware of any mortal sin, stay until the final note of the recessional hymn is done, and not leave after communion (not unless you suddenly realize, you left the house open and the stove on, run barbie, run), be attentive to the announcement or just pretend you do, anyway everything’s in the bulletin, be patient with me if I’m always preaching to the choir, out of touch with the pulse of life, say hi to your fellows in the grocery store or elsewhere, Wildcat, Sun Devils, doesn’t matter. Finally, pray for me to start the Mass On- time, 8:00 and not 8:10. Amen. 
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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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