Friday, April 30, 2010

The Bishop Wore Tennis Shoes...

Some people.
You know the type - they complain if altar boys/girls wear anything but black dress shoes under their cassock - St. Agnes in St. Paul used to make kids wear black stocking feet if they didn't have the appropriate shoes - "and never let me see a blue jean cuff down there young man!"  But look at this photo.  Doesn't the Bishop look like he is wearing tennis shoes?  I know!

Of course he's not actually wearing tennis shoes - but they reminded me of tennis shoes at first.  And white ones.

I hope it wasn't after Labor Day. 
Photo: On April 27, 2010, feast of St. Peter Canisius, His Excellency Antonio Tobias, Bishop of Novaliches, offered Solemn Pontifical Mass in the convent chapel of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in his diocese. He was assisted by priests and brothers belonging to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.   I love the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate!
Okay - gotta go - I have work to do.


  1. I went to St. Agnes once. Last May for a wedding.

    It made me want to move to Minnesota.

    It also looks like the Altar Servers are wearing Birkenstocks and Hoodies.

  2. Austringer12:06 PM

    At our parish, the altar boys all don black socks, which are neatly stored and arranged by size in the servers' room. The Altar and Rosary Society gals wash and maintain them. I like it -- it looks good under cassocks and surplices. I've gotten so used to it that when I go to Mass elsewhere, I end up noticing the footwear: not because I'm scandalized or disapproving, but only because I'm used to NOT seeing the footwear.

  3. The sanctuary in my church--although a LOVELY highly polished wood and marble--is TREACHEROUS with any kind of smooth-soled footwear...and add in a bit of dampness from any kind of rainy/snowy weather and you're asking to take a tumble../rubber soles are about a must if you don't want to take a tumble, especially walking down the three steps in front. The floor in front is a highly polished and stained concrete..

    I usually wear a dress if I'm EMHC, and I have a couple pairs of rubber-soled shoes for that purpose, one a pair of flats and another a pair of sandals....not the fanciest shoes but keeps me from falling..and causing extreme scandal as I sit there with my skirt over my head :)

    Incidently black Reeboks are nice looking, comfortable and have rubber soles :)


  4. Nathan2:35 PM

    Terry, I apologize in advance for the bad puns contained in this comment.

    Of course the bishop wore tennis shoes, so he could "serve" at the Mass. Perhaps he was going to preach on the "lob" of God. Or perhaps he was looking for a few back-handed compliments. Do you think they had to start over when the bishop said "let" us pray?

    In Christ,

  5. Nathan - was this post a back handed compliment? I feel bad now.

  6. If I'm not mistaken, these "tennis shoes":<) are called "buskins"...there is a ritual with putting them on as a part of the vesting for Mass.
    I'm not sure of the origin, but there is some kind of Scriptural connection...hmmm...better get up to speed on this!
    As for the attire of those assisting at the altar: good manners are always something to be considered; but if a kid can't wear black shoes, who cares?
    I'm not going on a rant, now, but in the "old days" (when I was a wee lad...circa 1965 or so), black shoes were a "staple" and you wore them to church, nowhere else.
    Also black socks...but "times, they are a changin'".
    If any kid wants to serve Mass these days, give him/her a break!

  7. I'm just being silly with the post - I understand the vesture. As for altar boys - I think proper shoes that do not stick out are best. I'm just in a silly mood lately - hope no one is offended.

  8. Not atall:<)!
    I get it, I really do...just being "obsessive-compulsive" know, the "angst" of religious life:<)!

  9. Hi Terry!

    Just stopping by to say =D

  10. +JMJ+

    This post reminds me of the time I saw a priest wearing track pants and scuffed up sneakers under his vestments. He had just stepped into the confessional and I was the first penitent to make my confession that day. I will never forget him because when I was done confessing, he told me of a sin that I hadn't mentioned to him--indeed, a sin I hadn't even known I was committing--and asked me to be contrite about that, too.

    The next day, I asked my own parish priest about that, wondering specifically whether priests are taught in seminary how to diagnose sins from "symptoms" the way doctors are taught how to diagnose diseases in medical school. Then Father told me, "Maybe he saw into your soul."

    From that moment, I've always looked at priests' shoes, but always reminded myself that even if I can't see into someone's soul, I can at least see past their shoes.

  11. Hi Rhapsody! Always in my heart!

  12. Enbrethiliel, you are a beautiful soul. Thank you.

  13. Did you mean beautiful "sole"?

    Sorry, couldn't resist! :-P

  14. I hear confessions in stocking feet:<)!

  15. +JMJ+

    Well, now that I think of it, yes the soles of my feet are quite fetching. It's too bad nobody ever sees them . . .


Please comment with charity and avoid ad hominem attacks. I exercise the right to delete comments I find inappropriate. If you use your real name there is a better chance your comment will stay put.