Churches alter schedules to accommodate Super Bowl, observes a Louisiana news website. For instance
Live Oak Community Church on Heyman Lane, which doesn’t have a Sunday evening service, is using that time to instead throw a Super Bowl party. … Saintsmania doesn’t begin with tonight’s Super Bowl party at the church, however. Sanders expects a congregation full of black and gold at the church’s 10:45 a.m. service. “Everybody’s going to wear their Saints clothes and jerseys on Sunday morning,” Sanders said.
Sure. Why not. No point in ever bothering to get the little herd out for worship but be sure to pull out all the stops to get them to a ball party. And even the Catholics are doing the unbelievable.
The Rev. José A. Robles Sánchez, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church, said the church’s 6:15 p.m. Mass has been canceled due to expected low attendance because of the Super Bowl. The church’s 4:30 p.m. Saturday Vigil and Sunday Masses at 9 and 11 a.m. still are scheduled.
Cancel your services if there’s any competition from the cult of sport. Good message to send to the community there, Padre.
But at least one Catholic Church in the area has the right perspective.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church, meanwhile, is pressing on with its 5:30 p.m. Mass. Friar Daniel O’Connor, the church’s pastor, said Mass — which coincides with the Super Bowl’s 5:25 p.m. kickoff — will continue as scheduled, and afterward the game will be available at the Lifehouse, which is where the church’s youths gather. The game will be shown in its entirety, with youth members who went to other services coming to watch the game from the beginning. Even though Prompt Succor didn’t cancel tonight’s service, O’Connor expects a decreased turnout. “I think it’ll be quite a bit less (than normal), to be honest with you,” he said.
It may- but at least you’re maintaining proper perspective and being faithful to the Faith. Unlike, of course, your Baptist neighbors, who can usually be counted on to do what’s popular but not what’s proper.
In Pineville, First Baptist Church cancelled its night service for what it’s calling its “Super Bowl Outreach” — where Sunday school classes have small get-togethers outside of the church. … Meanwhile, Kingsville Baptist Church in Ball has bumped its revival service up from 5:30 p.m. to 4 to accommodate the Super Bowl.
Accommodationism… it’s the cry of our day among too many Churches.
Jason Kees, the church’s student intern, said the Super Bowl will be shown for youths in the “Big House” after the revival service. Food and drinks will be provided for the students. “We weren’t going to do it unless the Saints were in it, so it worked out for us,” Kees said.
Yes, it worked out for you… and that’s what it’s all about isn’t it Jason. Isn’t it…