Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mass Chat: Back to the 80's.


My parish is having their Fall Festival this weekend so instead of going through the clown Mass, I went to the octogenarian Mass at a church not far from me.  Mass starts at 4:30 and lets out in time to get to the Old Country Buffet for the senior specials.* 

Seriously, the church was packed with seniors and most looked to be in their 80's.  Nothing wrong with that, although I kept think of the lovely Catholic people online who can't wait for them and their baby boomer kids to drop dead. 

But yeah.  The church was filled with old people.  I was going to say old people are weird, but all people are weird - with some of us, it just becomes more apparent as we age.  I noticed this one woman I thought could have been the late, great Diana Vreeland - very fashionista looking - but somehow kind of scary.  She was dressed like someone much younger, and had a much younger hair style, but her face was kind of Vreeland looking.

Please don't be offended if you are sensitive about age.  I've been in a strange mood since I had to euthanize my cat a few days ago - so I'm thinking of ageing and death, and death.  In fact I can't stop thinking about death.  Dying.  Don't use euthanasia for yourself or any one else.  It's very unsettling.  Death is so irreversible.   Ageing is too.  But I digress.

Interestingly, two Dominican nuns/sisters were across the aisle from me - I only knew they were religious women because one of the bulletin-hander-outers said, "Bulletins for the nuns", as she handed them a bulletin.  Then the man behind them perked up and began a conversation with one of them, I tried not to listen, but I got just about everything except their phone number.  Amazing the chatter that goes on before Mass in that church.  Nope, I'm not complaining - it did not prevent me from praying my rosary - it all becomes white noise if you let it.  A woman passing by tried to shush her husband whispering to him "some people are trying to pray!"  He answered her, "Let 'em pray - people can still pray while other people are talking - they just don't have to listen."   Made sense to me.

Remember, you and I will be older too.... and then dead. 

*I don't really know that, I just saw it once on Seinfeld and thought I'd use it. And no - there wasn't a clown Mass I was avoiding, just no parking near the church because of the all the rides and consessions.


  1. This is so weird . . . I was just at my friend's place yesterday and he was showing me a couple of books he recently borrowed from the library about Diana Vreeland!

    1. She was quite a character and talent. If you click the link on the caption at the base of her photo, you will see the site I lifted it from - I think you'll enjoy it.

  2. How was your dinner at the OCB?


    1. I was there twice in my life - both times with my sisters family. I didn't like it.

  3. ""Style - all who have it share one thing: originality."

    I thought everything was derivative?

  4. What an interesting site, Terry. Look at this gem:

    "I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and... I believe in miracles."

    - Audrey Hepburn

    How great is that;)? We shall not see her likes again...

  5. Ah the natural solution. It come's for us all, aye yes even for the orthodox it comes.

    And the next generation can't wait for us to die. It's a vicious circle.

  6. The Natural Solution comes for us all, aye even for Conservative Orthodox it comes.

    And the next generation can't wait for us to snuff it.


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