Everybody Leaving In The Chreaster Parade

I will admit that I am not the most rigorous Catholic. I may have mentioned before that I was brought up Catholic, was married Catholic will raise my kids Catholic, I don’t however go to church regularly and I don’t fully agree with a lot of the precepts of the church. On the other hand, since I went to Catholic grade school and junior high, I still have a certain amount of the dogma stuck in my head. Some of the things that still make me twinge are wearing jeans to church, calling priests by their first name, etc. Some other things that get me are the new words. I know I have touched on this before but, some of them don’t even make sense. For example, there is a part where the priest says “Peace be with you” old response “and also with you” new response “and with your spirit”. So, YOU can’t be at peace but your spirit can. There are a number of other things changed as well but that is not the reason of my post. This is about being a Chreaster.

If you don’t know what a Chreaster is, it is someone who only goes to church on Christmas and Easter. These people, and I include myself as one of them, fill the churches to beyond capacity twice a year. I know that today the church was filled mostly with the Chreasters because for the first time in the last few times I have been to church (mostly for weddings and baptisms) the majority of the congregation was saying the old words and not the new ones. This means that a) they haven’t been to church enough since they changed to learn them (like me) or b) they haven’t been to church in so long that they don’t even know they changed.

With all of the extra people, a thought came to mind. Do churches get written up for violating fire codes? I KNOW that there were more people in there than was safe. Churches burn a lot of things during their services. I always thought I would go out in a plane crash or trampled at a concert. I don’t want my obit to read that I died in an over crowded church. I don’t really even see myself being in a church on December 21 this year. Of course, just wait until after communion and then there is no problem with overcrowding. Come on people, I am one of the worst at going to church but I at least stay until the end. If you only go once or twice a year, you can sacrifice the extra 15 min to stay until the end of mass.

At least Tori behaved and so did Alex. Alex slept and Tori watched Abby In Wonderland on the iPod. Yeah, I brought an iPod into church. Well, off to devil some eggs. Have a great Easter everyone!

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2 Responses to “Everybody Leaving In The Chreaster Parade”

  1. As one fellow Chreaster to another, LOL!

  2. sybillaw Says:

    See, that’s why I always go near an exit, period. 🙂
    Happy Easter! i didn’t/ don’t even go to church at all, so Chreaster’s are doing better than me!

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