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Church of England wants Sunday moved?

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

Under most circumstances, Sunday is a day of rest, reflection, prayer and maybe the day to nurse a hemorrhaging hangover after a debaucherously sinful evening filled with alcohol and lusty bar hoppers.

In a move that has brought about various reactions from chaplains at Western, the Church of England is considering a move away from the hum-drum routine of Sunday masses at churches and considering moving services to another day and even using pubs rather than churches.

“That happens quite regularly,” said Rev. Bill Cliff, Anglican chaplain for Huron University College, adding there are only 6,000 people living in the core of London, England, while there are as many as 70 churches in the same area.

Cliff pointed out that Sunday mass at Huron draws 40 people out, while the Wednesday mass has as many as 100.

He also welcomed the idea of moving the masses to pubs, noting many Anglican parishes already do that. “The mass is where people are,” he added.

“Being the Church of England, I’m not surprised,” said Rev. John Crowdis, Western’s Presbyterian chaplain, noting many Protestant churches have been moving closer to house church, which resembles the early Christians who practiced mass in their homes.

He explained Sunday is a difficult day to avoid to have mass on, but many parishes do have masses on Saturday evenings. “Sunday is the beginning of the week, Sunday being the mini-Easter,” Crowdis added.

Rev. Micheal Bechard, chaplain at King’s College, explained Sunday is an important day to the Roman Catholic Church for mass. “It could be detrimental to our faith and our community — there’s a lot to be said about keeping Sunday Sunday.”

He was also hesitant on moving the mass out of the church. “We as a people need to set a time and a place for our spiritual need,” Bechard noted. “There’s something about [Sundays that help] a church to connect with God and the community on a level not possible.”

“We were at the bar —The Wave — and they had the mass,” said fourth-year administrative and commercial studies student Andrea D’Souza. “Wal-Mart isn’t the only saving place.”

“I think that’s stupid. The point of going to church is to make it a formal tradition — you shouldn’t have to lure them back,” explained Betty Warchol, a fourth-year ACS student.

“I’m indifferent to either side. Being a scientologist, I refrain from comment because I am studying,” noted fourth-year political science student Lisa McKeon.



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