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Ash Wednesday    2,979
Ash Wednesday

When you go to mass, please TURN OFF YOUR PHONE before coming into the church.

Some people in front of us today, and I'm sure they are absolutely wonderful people, were driving me absolutely crazy with their phones. First their phones were ringing because they didn't have them on any silent mode whatsoever. Then they put them on silent mode but they were constantly buzzing and the vibrations of the phones rattling against wooden pews was just really annoying when you're quietly trying to concentrate and take in the mass. Their constant fussing with them was driving me darn near crazy.

St. Therese being annoyed by the other nun's rosary beads came to mind. Of course I haven't been able to handle things like that as well as she did, though I can try.

But can people not turn their phones completely off for one hour? Is this so hard? People survived for thousands of years without having phones with them in church.

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Makarioi    292
Makarioi

Our cantor does the same, and includes electronic toys and devices.  It's a shame that we have to do that.  Seems we've lost something along the way...........

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dominicansoul    4,456
dominicansoul

Some people use their devices to use "Magnificat" apps or things like it.   Used to do that but it's too distracting because calls would come through or text during mass.  Now I just turn it off.  

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Papist    6,901
Papist

I address this to my 6th grade class just yesterday, first day of catechesis.   I asked them can people not leave their phone in the car? It is only one hour.  I dont even take my phone in Mass when I am on-call. If I get pages (on vibrate mode), I can walk to my car.

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havok579257    259
havok579257

but consider if any of these people need their phones on because they have an ill family member at home or in the hospital.  or maybe their spouse is traveling and they want the phones on in case of an accident.  it would really stink to get an emergency call about an ill family member dying or a spouse in a serious accident and you missed it because your phone was off.  also i have seen fire fighters/paramedics  come to mass on shift on a sunday.  they work 24 hour shifts and so on duty is possibly the only way they can get to mass.  when i worked the streets as a paramedic and we would have a break sometimes i would go to confession and i turned my radio off but told my partner in the ambulance to call my cell phone if we were needed.  there are many examples why people can't turn their phone off during mass. people should have it on silent though.  i understand getting upset about the ringing phones but not the buzzing ones on silent.  

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elizabeth09    102
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Sometimes, I leave mine at home.  If I bring mine, then I will turn it off.  There was no way, I will answer my cell phone while mass is going on.  If work calls me, I just call them back.

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Luigi    3,349
Luigi

I don't have a cell phone. And - wonder of wonders! - I'm still alive to tell the tale. Miracles never WILL cease!

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havok579257    259
havok579257
39 minutes ago, Luigi said:

I don't have a cell phone. And - wonder of wonders! - I'm still alive to tell the tale. Miracles never WILL cease!

some jobs require cell phones.  

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Luigi    3,349
Luigi
Just now, havok579257 said:

some jobs require cell phones.  

I"m not saying they're evil or anything. I'm just saying I don't have one. I haven't needed one (although one would've been handy a couple of times in the last five years); they're an expense (and I'd rather give my money to a charity than a company); they're a distraction (and I have enough trouble with distractions already); I tend to form bad habits/addictions easily, quickly, and adamantly. So I figure it's best to just leave 'em alone. But I"m not condemning people for having them. 

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TheLordsSouljah    300
TheLordsSouljah

I just leave mine in the car. It's like leaving the phone outside of your room when you sleep. Creates much less subconscious distraction.

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elizabeth09    102
elizabeth09
On 8/28/2017 at 10:54 PM, Luigi said:

I don't have a cell phone. And - wonder of wonders! - I'm still alive to tell the tale. Miracles never WILL cease!

I have one because my parents want me to have one.  I don`t need one.  But came in handy a few times for google maps, when I get lost.  Sometimes, I wonder if I use it more time for google maps then for text/calls.

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Ash Wednesday    2,979
Ash Wednesday
On 8/28/2017 at 7:23 PM, havok579257 said:

but consider if any of these people need their phones on because they have an ill family member at home or in the hospital.  or maybe their spouse is traveling and they want the phones on in case of an accident.  it would really stink to get an emergency call about an ill family member dying or a spouse in a serious accident and you missed it because your phone was off.  also i have seen fire fighters/paramedics  come to mass on shift on a sunday.  they work 24 hour shifts and so on duty is possibly the only way they can get to mass.  when i worked the streets as a paramedic and we would have a break sometimes i would go to confession and i turned my radio off but told my partner in the ambulance to call my cell phone if we were needed.  there are many examples why people can't turn their phone off during mass. people should have it on silent though.  i understand getting upset about the ringing phones but not the buzzing ones on silent.  

Being in a situation where you are anticipating news in an emergency situation only applies to a small fraction of the population. Most people can still stand to turn off their phones for one hour and it would probably do them good where more often than not they are still glancing at them, dawdling with them, and distracted by them even when they're on "silent" (if you can still hear it buzzing loudly against a pew, it's not really silent.) It's annoying and disrespectful and one hour is not asking much for most people. I'm just not understanding the gravity of missing a call if you aren't anticipating any urgent need to be called on when we were spending time with the very Author of Life as he asked us to, just one hour out of our entire week. This can happen when taking a shower, doing the dishes, handling a task, or sleeping. I missed being immediately informed about my dying mother because I was sleeping and turned my ringer off. When I was woken up by the police, I was concerned about the unexpected situation in general and not the fact that I missed the call. I got word in due time and it was all out of my hands anyway. Generally it seems to me that what used to be a novelty is something that people have become overly attached to, to the point where they don't seem capable of ignoring their phones even in church.

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havok579257    259
havok579257
11 hours ago, Ash Wednesday said:

Being in a situation where you are anticipating news in an emergency situation only applies to a small fraction of the population. Most people can still stand to turn off their phones for one hour and it would probably do them good where more often than not they are still glancing at them, dawdling with them, and distracted by them even when they're on "silent" (if you can still hear it buzzing loudly against a pew, it's not really silent.) It's annoying and disrespectful and one hour is not asking much for most people. I'm just not understanding the gravity of missing a call if you aren't anticipating any urgent need to be called on when we were spending time with the very Author of Life as he asked us to, just one hour out of our entire week. This can happen when taking a shower, doing the dishes, handling a task, or sleeping. I missed being immediately informed about my dying mother because I was sleeping and turned my ringer off. When I was woken up by the police, I was concerned about the unexpected situation in general and not the fact that I missed the call. I got word in due time and it was all out of my hands anyway. Generally it seems to me that what used to be a novelty is something that people have become overly attached to, to the point where they don't seem capable of ignoring their phones even in church.

my point is when someone's phone vibrates you don't know if they have it on for a legit reason.  i mean there are serious reasons a phone would need to be on.  such as a paramedic/firefighter who works 24 to 48 hours straight.  they may have to attend mass on duty and need the phone on because if there is an emergency in the area they need to respond.  

 

my point is, there are legit reasons why someone needs their phone on silent in church.  now most people don't need their phone on but a few do.  so unless your going to ask each person why their phone is on silent, don't just assume something bad about them.

 

also if the buzzing phone bothers you that much i can't imagine what you think about the family with multiple young children in mass.  they are a lot louder and more distracting then a phone on silent and its just buzzing.

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