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How am I supposed to worship with all these noisy distractions?

Question:

Lately it has become impossible to worship at our small community church due to a complete breakdown in decorum. Children play electronic games and throw tantrums, altar servers laugh and joke while preparing, and trying to hear the homily is like trying to hear an announcement in a train station.

Answer:

You need to relate all this to your pastor. He is the one who is responsible for the liturgy in your parish. If this proves futile, then contact your bishop. He is responsible for the liturgy for the entire diocese. By your baptism you are obliged to share your faith to all who will hear—even to your pastor if he’s in need of it. He needs to recognize how important your concerns are. The worship of God is the most important responsibility we all have. Don’t give up.

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