If you are in a region where your clocks fall back tonight then


Mass will start on time whether you are there or not….

…. unless you are the priest, of course. 

But… that has its problems too.



About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
This entry was posted in SESSIUNCULA. Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Jacob says:

    Interesting story.

    A few years ago, after my grandparents’ parish joined up with some other ones to share all the priests in an efficient manner, they went to Christmas Mass…

    No priest though… Ooops.

  2. Eric says:

    Mass will start on time whether you are there or not

    If you forget, you will be an hour early, not an hour late. Maybe you shouldn’t remind people.

  3. Tina in Ashburn says:

    Darn it Father! sshhhhh!!!! I was hoping to be ON time for choir tomorrow. La la la …. I can’t hear you. There’s no time change, la la la la la.

    [The best thing about the time change in the Fall and gaining that hour is that I’m almost on time for things for a little while.]

  4. TNCath says:

    As one old priest recounted years ago when he was late for Mass, the people stood waiting impatiently for his arrival. When the priest finally arrived into the church, the people chastised him for his lateness. He simply opened the door from the vestibule to the sanctuary, looked around, and asked innocently, “Has Mass started yet?”

  5. mpm says:

    An FYI for muddlers like me.

    Today, Nov 2, we did change from EDT back to EST, so when I arose @ 7:00 AM,
    the time was really 6:00 AM.

  6. Andreas says:

    Actually, no need to change the clock. You can just change the time on your clock and keep the clock.


  7. John R says:

    Better yet, never change the time on your clocks to begin with. In our family, we adopted a no-DST policy, so we stay on Standard Time all year. Among other advantages and reasons (e.g. the government artificially tampering with the natural order of time keeping), the most practical is that we never need to artificially alter the young kids’s bedtimes – it’s the same all year. As for appointments and such, we just convert all times into Standard Time and proceed from there. It’s worked so well, that my wife, who was at first skeptical about the ordeal, is even more enthused to continue this practice.

  8. Dove says:

    Thank you Fr. Z for the 2 new Don Camillo stories. There’s no place for a comment in that section. I love the stories the way you read them. You make all of the details significant.

  9. wsxyz says:

    Among other advantages and reasons (e.g. the government artificially tampering with the natural order of time keeping)

    Unless you use a sundial, you are still keeping governmentally-tampered artificial time.

  10. John R says:


    I agree completely with you. Solar (Sundial) Time is the only real time. However, Standard Time here in the Philadelphia area is very close to being right on, with the usual deviations of 16 minutes fast to 14 minutes slow. Currently, we are at the apex – 16 minutes fast – per the Equation of Time. So, 8:00 pm EST today = 8:16 pm Local Solar Time.

    Fascinating as this is, Standard Time, while a government fabrication, stays fairly close to the actual time as long as you live in the median area of a given time zone. My wife and I agree that if we were to ever adopt a pure agrarian lifestyle, that we would then only follow the Sundial.

Comments are closed.