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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:52 pm 
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A member of the Catholic church does not drive. He has walked to Sunday morning Mass. That church has closed. The other Catholic church has a Sunday Mass. It is quite far away. No one from the congregation offered a ride. The city does not have a taxi service.
Should not the church be concerned?


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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:54 pm 
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I'm sorry no one has offered him a ride. Often someone does in similar situations. Do people at the parish that's open know there's a problem?

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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:46 pm 
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Petronius wrote:
. No one from the congregation offered a ride.


Did he ask for one? I think it is very egotistical for a person who is in need of help to sit around waiting for other people to offer help as if they expect to be the center of everyone else's universe. If you need help, ask.


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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:18 pm 
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The individual asked for a ride several weeks in advance. He spoke to the priest of the church more than once. He telephoned members of parish council about the ride situation. He asked members of the church directly about a ride. No ride was given. The individual did his homework.


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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:34 pm 
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Maybe you could give him a ride.

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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:55 pm 
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TreeBeard wrote:
Maybe you could give him a ride.

I do not drive.


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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:40 am 
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Call a taxi or uber or whatever works in your town for him?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:02 am 
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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:32 pm 
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This must be an incredibly small town to not have any sort of taxi or public transportation ... if the town is so small how far away is the next church... (in the next town?) why are were there two churches in such a small community... in the small town I live in just about every one knows everyone else so getting a ride is a matter of friendly decency ... many strange propositions here but I'm sure it's possible that a ride cannot be obtained...

Here's this... if Mohammed cannot get to the mountain, get the mountain to come to him... call the church back and request a Communion for the Sick extraordinary minister to come to the house and supply communion. I do it weekly for the elderly and invalid who cannot get in to mass. It's not only not a big deal, it's a perfect way for both the administrator and administered to to behave in a Christian manner and get closer to God though the most important sacrament one can undertake.

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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:23 pm 
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The town has not had a taxi company of its own since 1993. A good point was brought up: Why are there TWO Catholic churches in a small town?


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 Post subject: Re: No ride
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Petronius wrote:
The town has not had a taxi company of its own since 1993. A good point was brought up: Why are there TWO Catholic churches in a small town?

Lots of reasons why that might be. Obviously at one point in time there was a massgoing population to support both of them.

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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:05 pm 
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Peregrinator wrote:
Petronius wrote:
The town has not had a taxi company of its own since 1993. A good point was brought up: Why are there TWO Catholic churches in a small town?

Lots of reasons why that might be. Obviously at one point in time there was a massgoing population to support both of them.

That may be correct. However, it does not help the gentleman's situation now. When a Catholic church congregation can sing the hymn All are Welcome but no one gives a ride, where is the welcome?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:36 pm 
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Why ar you acting as if this situation is unique to the Catholic Church? I’d be hard-pressed to name any congregation (Christian or no) to which this situation might not apply. Heck, I’ve seen it in at least half a dozen protty denominations.

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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:29 pm 
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Since none of us knows the congregation, we can't say why there hasn't been a ride. Maybe there's history you don't know, for example.

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 Post subject: Re: No ride
PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:33 pm 
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
Since none of us knows the congregation, we can't say why there hasn't been a ride. Maybe there's history you don't know, for example.

I do know the congregation. I know the history of that church. I have gone to some Masses in that church. Why would anyone want to go to a church if they are not feeling welcomed?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:53 pm 
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Petronius wrote:
Why would anyone want to go to a church if they are not feeling welcomed?

“Welcome” is different things to different people. My husband, who reverted to the Catholicism of his youth after 30 years in the Mormon church, and I had a discussion one Sunday after a first visit to a parish. I was very content with the fact that I’d been able to enter, worship, and leave without being besieged by people demanding to learn my personal history, my address and phone number, and on which committees I’d like to serve. Timmy, however, let loose a litany of complaints about, when he was a Mormon, there’d be people assigned to ferret out any newcomers and make sure at least two or three people had chatted the visitors up, down, and sideways. “I know,” I replied, shaking almost uncontrollably, “that’s the reason my first visit to a Mormon church was my last. I felt like I was in a used car :) at the end of a slow month.”

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