Church of England wants Sunday moved?
By Marshall Bellamy
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
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
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
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
“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.