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Reverence The Presence Of Christ By Silence

Fr George's Silence 3Click on the link below to hear an audio version of this message read by Fr. McKenna

In 1977, when I thought up 2,000 ideas for bringing new life into a Catholic Parish, I saw no need for considering this subject today in 2013.  Back then, in 1977, people observed silence in Church.  Sad to say, now a days, in many Parishes, people have made their Church a social hall with loud conversations the order of the day.

Many Catholics come to pray in the holy confines of their Parish Church.  The noise prevents them from doing so.  Experts have written that the level of public noise has increased tremendously in present years.  As a result, mental disorders affect the population in a greater degree than ever.  Distraught people would find in a silent church an oasis of relief as they converse with God.  The present condition in Churches affects the respect of Catholics for the Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

Many Catholic Pastors make a mistake in addressing this unhappy experience in their churches.  Usually, they or members of their staff cry out over the sanctuary microphones asking for silence.  The congregational silence lasts for a service or two.  My method would require not a word to be spoken.  In the reader’s dissatisfaction with the noise in their church, this Bulletin might help the Pastors in their difficult work.  I encourage you to ask interested Pastors to print this message in their weekly bulletin.  This could help parishioners understand this project.

Here is my plan:  The Parish could purchase 10 – 12 inexpensive stands about 5 to 6 feet high.  The words “SILENCE Please” would go on the sign.  As people enter church, the staff could place 3 – 5 along the center aisle.  If silence isn’t forth coming, the Pastor could place another 4 of these stands along the side aisles.  He need not say a word, or lose his look of kindness and patience.

If this operation continues week after week with no announcement or publication being made, success should surely come.  Use all twelve stands if necessary.

June 8, 2013 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,


  1. Thanks always Fr. George! …2,000 ideas…Wow! I have mourned the loss of silence for years…in prayerful reverent silence…we “speak” to Him…and He listens to our hearts full of prayers and petitions…but only in silence can one “hear” His Heartbeat! He is waiting for us to “talk” to Him at the Tabernacle…and the lack of courtesy for Him is sadly evident in loud casual conversations that take place in church…this must change…thank you for your suggestion…will pass it along! God’s Blessings, Love and Grace, Marianne

    Comment by mcs | June 10, 2013 | Reply

  2. Hi Fr. George, This topic is SO great! I am always dismayed when going to the parish that I attend. It is a BIG problem, the noise. Before Mass, the chatter – even with people trying to pray near to them (kneeling, head in hands, etc…) others nearby are talking – not even whispering! And, during Mass, the kneelers BANG down and then back up. They have started to say an announcement prior to the start of Mass to be quieter when raising and lowering the kneelers. Even with that announcement, people don’t do it. I agree that noise is very disruptive to the process of connecting with our Lord. Love, Nancy

    Comment by nancywest22 | June 17, 2013 | Reply

  3. You continue to enlighten us weekly. May God continue to bless you. It was so nice to have our visit today. Hope to see you soon. Trudy

    Comment by Anonymous | August 23, 2013 | Reply

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