USA change those clocks! Spring forward!

Spring forward!

Time to change the clocks.

Don’t be late for Mass!

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  1. beez says:

    Personally, I despise this antiquated practice. We should simply pick a time and stick with it. Changing clocks twice a year serves no real practical purpose anymore since very few Americans work a famiy farm after school.

  2. Glen M says:

    We changed our clocks up here in Canada too, Fr. Except in Saskatchewan where they can’t be bothered. Crazy farmers.

  3. APX says:

    Yes, I’m not a fan of this daylight savings time. Had it not been mentioned in the bulletin, I wouldn’t have known to change my clock today. Being from Saskatchewan, I never had to worry about this ridiculousness before.

  4. AnnAsher says:

    I protest.
    Occupy Daylight Savings! Whose with me? Unfortunately I’m only joking. Except I do protest.

  5. ContraMundum says:

    5pm Mass at the cathedral for me! I’m not a morning person.

    Daylight savings is foolishness. If you want to keep different hours during the summer than you do in the winter, just say so. Many stores have different hours at different seasons — for example to facilitate Christmas shopping. Most places have different hours on weekends than they do during the week.

  6. digdigby says:

    Chill everyone. It is about the ONLY thing we do together as a nation anymore.

  7. JaneC says:

    Apparently, the visiting priest who was to say the 7:30 Mass this morning didn’t arrive until nearly 8AM. I agree that Daylight Savings Time is silly.

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  9. aspiringpoet says:

    I would Occupy Daylight Savings.

    I’ve never met anyone who 1) liked Daylight Savings, or 2) was able to explain with any coherence what the point of it was. As far as I can tell, it’s a government plot to make people miss church.

  10. APX says:


    DST has a long history dating back to the ancient times.

  11. frjim4321 says:

    Wow . . . super low attendance at the first mass this morning. Hope it picks up for the second one!

  12. robtbrown says:

    aspiringpoet says:

    I’ve never met anyone who 1) liked Daylight Savings, or 2) was able to explain with any coherence what the point of it was.

    1) Golfers and tennis players tend to like it.

    2) See 1).

  13. Bryan Boyle says:

    Not to be pedantic, but…as the rim editors in the newsroom at ABC used to remind all of us around this time of’s not “Daylight SavingS Time” but “Daylight SAVING Time”. The former is something we accumulate, the latter is something do ( well, actually, just re-apportion a fixed amount of)…

    I know, extremely picky. But, back in the day, editorial types were like that…:)

  14. APX says:

    Whether or not we’re accruing daylight or simply getting an extra hour during the day, I still think DST is stupid. Think of all those poor night shift workers who have to work an extra hour without being paid for it.

  15. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    I hate it, and would supporting dropping it immediately and forever.

  16. wmeyer says:

    It’s interesting the farmers so often are blamed. My grandparents, who were fruit farmers, hated DST. Fruit cannot be picked before the dew is off, else the tonnage is docked at the cannery for water weight.

    The new and improved DST, altered to save energy, has been shown to have caused a modest (1-2%) increase in energy use in the midwest, where again, there are so many farmers.

    I could certainly live without DST. Having spent most of my life working in broadcasting, where life is 24/7, DST had no meaning. Now on a more conventional life schedule, I find little benefit in DST — I tend to prefer arising in daylight, and the late in the day sun does little for me.

    I don’t hate it, but for much of my life it has been a political toy, and I would vote with Dr. Peters.

  17. Andrew says:

    Too late! I missed morning Mass. I’m not sure whose fault this is: is it the farmers? My wife? The Democrats? The French revolution? It’s probably the renaissance.

  18. frjim4321 says:

    Mass attendance here was poor for both masses.

    Gorgeous spring weather. It’s sad, but beautiful weather tends to keep attendance down.

  19. Matt R says:

    I noticed most of the families were not at 9:30 Mass this morning, choosing to go to the 11:00 instead. But it stinks that Louisville played Cincy last night in the Big East final, since most of the town stayed up late, and then lost an hour on top of that…

  20. Geoffrey says:

    Amen, Amen, Amen! Get rid of it! Standard Time for one and all!

    I am thinking this is the first calendar/time issue that was not decreed by a Pope? Perhaps we Catholics should follow the pattern of pre-Soviet Russia, which refused to use the Gregorian Calendar. We could rebel and use Standard Time… though I guess that would get rather confusing…

  21. NoTambourines says:

    I used to love DST as a kid, because it was lighter out later. That was back when I felt none the worse for the shift in schedule.

    It helps that all of my clocks switch themselves automatically — computer and cell phone, and that’s it. It seems a little more believable when I just wake up and accept in my gullible grogginess that that’s what time it is.

    But 6 a.m. tomorrow is gonna hurt. It just is.

  22. The Sicilian Woman says:

    If ever there were a time to be thankful for Saturday evening Vigil masses, the forward jump for Daylight Savings Times is it. Sunday obligation met last night, slept in this morning. Life is good. **streches**

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  24. The Sicilian Woman says:

    Above was to correct a misspelling for my comment in moderation at the moment. Oh well.

  25. Nicole says:

    A friend who comes from a farming family told me that unlike the common myth put forth in public school that Daylight Savings Time was devised as a method to “lengthen” the day for farmers, it is not so, and that it is, in fact, a detrimental practice to farmers. He said that he believes it provides an opportunity for office workers and other industrial people who work all day inside to have light after work so that they can play at their outdoor hobbies…nothing more.

    Fortunately I bought a clock that self-corrects for Daylight Savings Time, so I don’t have to worry about being late. :)

  26. acardnal says:

    I like Daylight Savings Time. And I like grilling my steaks and chops in the evening while the sun is still shining. And I like attending the afternoon and evening baseball games and youth sporting events while there is daylight instead of the dark night. I could go on.

  27. disco says:

    I love daylight savings. Anything that gets me an extra hour of golf is worth keeping.

  28. wmeyer says:

    And for those of us who are still a bit off-kilter, consider the Chinese, whose land mass spans 5 time zones, and who all operate on Beijing time. Well, unless you are in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which is on its own time, 2 hours different to Beijing, but in the grand style of Chinese equality, makes 9 to 5 equal to 11 to 7, locally, so no reprimands from Beijing.

  29. Dr. Eric says:

    Most of the world does not use DST. Russia recently actually decided not to switch the clocks and is permanently on “DST.” Chile is the only country in South America to use DST. I’m seriously considering moving to Arizona or the Southwest corner of Indiana which do not use DST and never change their clocks.

  30. Dr. Eric says:

    Most of the world does not use DST. Russia recently actually decided not to switch the clocks and is permanently on “DST.” Chile is the only country in South America to use DST. I’m seriously considering moving to Arizona.

  31. acardnal says:

    Oh, and I forgot to add, I like DST because I can go golf after work if I choose or I can go fishing or golf or . . . .

  32. acardnal says:

    And then there’s bicycling or taking a walk at sunset with your honey or swimming . . . .

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