USA – change your clocks

Spring forward… fall back.

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  1. Jaidon says:

    Thanks Fr. Z.

  2. Geremia says:

    Not for Arizona, where one can actually tell that the days shorten in the winter…

  3. Thomas G. says:

    Gosh, thanks, Fr. Z, I had completely forgotten about that! I would have missed Mass today.

  4. markomalley says:

    I did not know. When my alarm clock went off this morning, I wondered why I felt so rested (it automatically adjusted the time) Now I know. ;-)

  5. CarleighS says:

    sssshhhhh, don’t tell anyone…they’ll find themselves at church an hour early with nothing better to do than pray in the empty, silent church…


    it’s better this way.


  6. Tom A. says:

    It’s later than you think.

  7. Agnes says:

    I remembered this morning before the clan woke up…

  8. jrotond2 says:

    Or, you can refuse to give credence to government mandated artificial time and keep your clocks on Standard Time all year. The kids’s bedtimes stay the same all year long, and there was no “extra” hour of sleep last night; we simply don’t have to be at Mass until an hour later today (11 am vs. 10 am). I say we do away with time zones altogether and restore solar time (Sundials) as our standard of time keeping.

  9. Bornacatholic says:

    At Mass today in Wellington, Fl at St. Therese de Lisieux Catholic Church, the substitute Priest, Msgr. Basso, read the first 4-5 words of The Gospel then told us to “sit down.”

    Then, he substituted his homily for The Gospel.

    Had I not turned back my clock, I could have slept through this thief in the morning.

  10. Supertradmom says:

    The worst thing about going back to standard time is that I cannot communicate the time difference to our three cats. They woke me up at 5:00 a.m., instead of 6:00 this morning and will do so for two-three weeks, until they realise my standard time habits are not the same as their daylight savings time habits. If I were healthier, I would pray for two hour, bringing my schedule up to 7:00, when I leave for the college.

    Hello, kitties…..

  11. Dr. Eric says:

    I, for one, hate Daylight Saving Time. There is no point to it at all. It never became standard until the early 80s and even then it’s not universal. Grrrrr! I don’t know why the changing of the clocks aggravates me. No, I remember, when we moved to Indianapolis we found that most of the state is in the Eastern Time Zone. Now, St. Louis is only 14 minutes behind Indianapolis according to sun time. So when Daylight Saving time rolls around, the clock is 1 hour and 46 minutes ahead of the sun. On June 21 the sun doesn’t go down until about 10 o’clock! Ever try to get kids to go to bed when the sun is up?

  12. amsjj1002 says:

    I dreamt yesterday that I’d arrived at the church at my usual time, and it was completely empty, already set up for the next Mass – and then I remembered about the time change. So I walked around looking for a good seat for the next one!

  13. Gail F says:

    The only promise Barack Obama could have made that would make me vote for him would be to ELIMINATE THE STUPID TIME CHANGE. One time all year round. The practical problems changing time twice a year presents to parents of small children alone are ridiculous.

  14. JoAnna says:

    Gail, you could move to AZ where we don’t change the time. :) Our winter weather is great, too!

  15. marinaio says:

    When are we going to end this foolish practice?

  16. trad catholic mom says:

    I sure enjoyed the extra hour this morning.

  17. Bill in Texas says:

    I really dislike DST.

    For years I’ve said I am going to go on UTC year-round. Maybe this is the year I’ll do it. Since my day starts with 8 am Mass (the joy of working from home, two time zones later than the head office), that means in the summer I would get an extra hour in the morning to walk the dog, drink my coffee, and get ready to go meet the day. Nice.

  18. pelerin says:

    I wonder why we in Europe changed our clocks a week earlier than you in the US? Strange.

  19. jaykay says:

    Here in Ireland and the UK we’ve had it since 1916, in the middle of the first World War, when it was introduced as “daylight-saving time” at the end of October, to give industries more daylight time in the evenings: basically to produce more stuff for slaughtering people. Didn’t seem to worry them before that, when the common starting time for factories was 6.30 or 7.00 a.m. and they worked very long days anyway but it varied depending on how much your employer was prepared to pay for artificial light – which was all from gas but that was produced from coal, so during the War they had to save on coal since the coal was in shorter supply because the mine workers were all away… slaughtering other mine workers. Anyway, after the War it stayed, more or less. I think there were various experiments with reintroducing the old system (the last being in the early 70s) but we’ve pretty much had it since then. The clocks “go forward” an hour again at the end of March. So it’s dark evenings over this side until then.

  20. Agnes says:

    Changing the clock in the van is a hassle, so it is correct half the year. Now it’s correct!

  21. Dubya Ay-See says:

    “I say we do away with time zones altogether and restore solar time (Sundials) as our standard of time keeping.”

    At Union Station in Washington, DC, there is a plaque commemorating the establishment of national standard time and the time zones in the United States. It was done out of necessity, in order for the railroads to publish standard timetables, allow people to meet trains on time, and, most importantly, keep trains from plowing into one another.

    Air travel is similarly benefited by standard time and time zones today. I think that is sufficient reason to maintain the present standard system.

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