GETTING DRESSED FOR CHURCH A number of
parishioners have spoken to me lately about how we dress for Church. The
greatest concern is too many people dressed too casually. In most of our
families, there used to be the expression
dressing up for
Church. Too many appear to be dressing down for Mass, in
comparison with the way we dress for going to a wedding, a graduation, a
funeral, or even to work. Or do we dress in the morning for the longest
activity of the day (barbecuing, lounging, golfing, etc.) and go to Mass
on the way.
To lectors, ushers, and Holy Communion ministers, especially, I remind
you to dress according to the dignity of your ministry at Mass. Please
dress up for the occasion. To everyone, I call attention to the values of
reverence for God, respect for all others at Mass, and modesty.