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It's OK to be late to Mass
Showing up is what matters, says John Molyneux, C.M.F.

"Some people may be five, 10, or even 20 minutes late, but they are there to give thanks and praise to God, to be strengthened by the Eucharist, to pray with a community that shares their faith, and to pass on that faith to their children and grandchildren," Molyneux writes. "If we judge and criticize them we run the real risk of losing them."

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1. I usually arrive to Mass:
2. I am late to Mass:
3. At my parish, people show up at all times during the Mass.
4. My pastor waits until the pews are filled to start Mass, even if it’s late.
5. It is disruptive and disrespectful when people come in late to Mass.
6. We should welcome everyone who comes to Mass, no matter what time they arrive.
7. If you show up after the proclamation of the gospel, you shouldn’t be allowed to receive communion.
8. People who are late to Mass should only be allowed to sit in the back rows.
9. There’s a big difference between leaving Mass early and showing up late.
10. Mass doesn’t “count” if you’re late.
11. I have opted not to go to Mass because I was running too late.
12. I have felt judged for showing up late to Mass.
13. I have judged someone for coming in late to Mass.
14. I do not notice when people are late to Mass.
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