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Opening a can of worms

December 27, 2007 - Heather Ziegler
OK, I'm going to do it. I am going to open the proverbial can of worms. I attended the 4:30 p.m. Mass at my church on Christmas Eve. I arrived at the church one hour ahead to assure a seat for myself and several family members including two young children who could not be expected to wait an hour ahead of the Mass that would last another hour. I also like to sing along with the Christmas carols sung before Mass. The church filled quickly and at about 3:45 p.m. I was approached by a woman who asked me to move over so she and her family could sit in the seats I was saving. I said I arrived an hour early to save the seats and I was not moving. If looks could kill, I would be dead right now. At 4 p.m., my family members arrived and the pew was filled. The man in front of me said he did not feel it was right for people to save seats. I never saw this man, the woman who approached me or many of the other people in the church ever before in my life. I attend Mass at least once a week at this church and have done so since I was a child so you get to know the members. In fact, the man behind me said he and his family only attended the church once before but they liked the time for the Christmas Eve service and decided to attend. More power to visitors, but the regular members deserve a little respect. So I put the question out to you the readers: Should I have been allowed to save seats for my family members? This has been a discussion among church goers for a long time. Let me know what you think.


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