Humor Message by Jeffrey Miller October 26, 2007 written by Jeffrey Miller October 26, 2007 I saw a great shirt at Mass today. On the back of the shirt was a picture of St. Terese and next to the picture it says “Start acting like a child.” Classic! 12 comments 0 FacebookTwitterGoogle +Pinterest Jeffrey Miller previous post Italy Moved by Teen Who Offers Life for the Church and the Pope next post Interior Desecrations You may also like Next stop Reno? 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Last week I was teaching CCD and I saw a student from another class wearing a t-shirt that said “porn star.” dispicable Lynn October 27, 2007 - 4:16 pm Unfortunately, I too have seen t-shirts at Mass that were tasteless or borderline porn. Certainly distracting. Lisa October 28, 2007 - 3:48 pm Cody, I’m not a fan of wearing T-shirts to Sunday mass, but it’s normal at my church for college kids going to daily mass to wear t-shirts. At my church people usually aren’t dressed up for daily mass unless they are coming straight from the office. Curt Jester’s post was from October 26- a Friday- so it was a daily mass. Perhaps there are different subcultures in different churches, but wearing an appropriate t-shirt to daily mass is considered acceptable at most churches I’ve been to. And on Sunday, yes there are some people wearing grubby clothing, or dressed immodestly, or sporting inappropriate messages/images on their t-shirts, etc.- these are usually high schoolers who look like they don’t want to be there. But rather than getting “infuriated” that they aren’t dress nicely, I’m thankful that they are there to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. If we give them mean looks because we think they are dressed inappropriately, we’ll only succeed in driving them away from church. I think a better approach is to love them, and if you know the person or feel comfortable talking to them, point out their inappropriate dress with a gentle question, like “hey, do you realize that your “porn star” shirt is really not very appropriate for mass?” They probably never thought about it before. So let’s not condemn them. And back to the Catholic T-shirt thread, My favorite is a shirt whose front says “Urgent Message: call home” and on the back, next to a picture of a rosary, it says “Your mom hasn’t heard from you in ages”. Monica October 28, 2007 - 4:16 pm There’s a guy at our parish who wears a Tommy Bahama shirt every week. It’s usually a hawaiian type shirt, but usually with slinky girls pictured (which I find offensive) or mixed drinks (which is silly at Mass) but he’s there every week, and not even late, so I don’t object. Don’t forget we’re each in a different place on our journey, and some people may take a really long time to reach the ‘what not to wear’ station. Melody October 28, 2007 - 9:30 pm I’m generally an advocate of formal attire at mass. (I like to ask “Would you meet the President wearing that?”) However I would say say that there is a general exception given when the shirt is associated with some church group or promotes the faith as with the one mentioned. Then again, this is California, where standards of dress are a tad more casual, even for business. Bryan October 29, 2007 - 6:28 pm You guys need to hang out with teens more often! Some t-shirts I have seen at Adoration: I-God (with Rosary) Moses spoke to the Burning Bush, he didn’t smoke it! The Devil Sucks (black t-shirt with small white letters) Jesus Rocks (with cassette tape) Dying to Get To Heaven (martyrs) B16 Fan Club (formerly, Card. Ratzinger Fan Club) Papist … and loving it! Man, I was so chaste last night. Anony October 29, 2007 - 10:13 pm What?!? T-shirts at Mass? No no no no no no. Did I say No? Sorry. NOOOOOOOO. Not good enough for a job interview, court appearance, wedding reception…..no way at Holy Mass. Absolutely unacceptable. The t-shirt wearer either has NO CLUE about Who resides in the Tabernacle and what is taking place at the Holy Altar, or worse…doesn’t care. Shame on them and anybody who defends this sloppy and lazy “Sunday best”. Bryan October 30, 2007 - 10:59 am Umm … at the Steubenville Youth Conference in Atlanta last summer there were 3,000 teenagers and adult leaders who attended two Masses and had 2 hours of Adoration in t-shirts. Were they irreverent because of their clothing, too? I would suggest that teens I know have more of a “clue” than many of their suit & tie wearing betters. After all, many parish “visitors” wear suits and ties on Christmas and Easter. Roberto October 30, 2007 - 3:39 pm I have a different suggestion: maybe these teenagers wear these t-shirts to invite conversation on sensitive topics about which they (not necessarily conscioulsy) want to know more. Why not accept the invitation and start that conversation? Getting upset, angry and holier than thou will achieve little when dealing with a walking bag of hormones. Let’s not forget what Jesus said when some young people were acting, in the view of the apostles, inappropriately enough to deserve being chased away. Amy November 6, 2007 - 1:38 pm The company that makes that shirt has several other great ones: “Don’t mess with my mom; her son is your God.” “Stop and smell the roses” St. Therese “Its time to take off the gloves” Padre Pio Unfortunately, I cannot remember where I got them. Anyone know? Comments are closed.