A reader alerted me to the following from northwestern.com of Oshkosh, WI… which Google maps informs me is less than an hour south by car from Lambeau Field… Green Bay, WI.
This is from the first part of a letter to the editor:
On Friday I found this notice posted on a door at my parish: “Super Bowl, Sunday (February 6, 2011), No 6:30 p.m. Mass. (Because our Green Bay Packers are in this year’s Super Bowl, we have cancelled the 6:30 p.m. Sunday Night Mass that night. We assume that most would be in agreement … (unless you are a Chicago Bear fan).”
Catholics who do not take their Faith seriously will not object to the above notice. But to those who believe that we should place the Mass above any worldly pursuit like watching a football game, it is an insult.
Okay. Let me play devil’s advocate here and argue the other position.
Is that the only Mass on Sunday at that parish? The parish is certainly not canceling all its Sunday Masses because of the Super Bowl.
Get a grip. People can go to Mass on Sunday.
People who can’t make adjustments for something that is as important as Mass are not blameless in this.
Besides, who says evening Masses are good?
Mass in the evening was never the Church’s tradition. Until just a very short time ago, Mass in the evening was hard to imagine. In view of the Church’s tradition this is something very new and the jury is still out. Well… it’s out for some.
Sure, for some who work late Masses are good as “last chance” Masses. But still… is that good?
The writer was worried that football was being placed ahead of Mass.
If people are working, aren’t they placing work before Mass? If they want to have the whole day to themselves and go to a late Mass on Sunday, aren’t they putting everything else before Mass?
I am bringing these things up to put it all in perspective. I don’t have a dog in this hunt. I’m from Minnesota. Moreover, I have my devil’s advocate horns on right now.
Also, I would rather people stay at home and watch the game rather than come to Mass with their hand helds and radios etc., listening to the game during Mass. That would be a real insult.
Another point: considering that there may be just a little alcohol involved among the fair denizens of Oshkosh that day – weren’t there ‘overalls’ by that name? – and the roads may therefore be a little sporty perhaps it is a good idea that Mass at that time was canceled! As a matter of fact it is an act of pastoral solicitude!
Finally, if the Packers lose I am sure that Father will ring the funeral toll in the bell tower, set up the catafalque with the helmet on it and put on his black vestments, the one with the little Gs. All still able to stand will rush to the church for the exsequies.
Solution to the Mass cancellation? Go to Church in the morning. Can’t do that? Go Saturday night. Can’t do that? Go to another parish. Can’t do that? Your are relieved of your obligation. The priest who canceled the Mass can sort things out with God.