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Irish parish features popular 15-minute Mass

February 25, 2010

An Irish parish priest in Galway is drawing large congregations for daily Mass during Lent, by promising to complete the service within 15 minutes. Father Michael Kenny omits the homily and relies on extraordinary ministers to speed the distribution of the Eucharist. A quick morning Mass enables commuters to maintain their regular works schedules, he says, so it is "far more suitable."


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Feb. 25, 2010 7:57 PM ET USA

    Somehow this reminds me of what things used to be like prior to the Council, when priests would rush through the low Mass so folks could get to their tee times faster.

  • Posted by: niall - Feb. 25, 2010 7:28 PM ET USA

    When I read the article in yesterday's paper, my immediate reaction was dismay...However, I actually think it's a good idea- he is only omitting the sermon (which is desirable but optional at weekday Masses); the rest of the Mass is the same. He says he's only using one EMHC which would be ok.Overall, it's heartening that he actually listened to his parishioners re Mass times - especially during the Lenten season & also because of the current state of the Church here.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Feb. 25, 2010 3:57 PM ET USA

    A Jesuit Air Force chaplain at Warren AFB, Wyoming, back in the Triudentine fifties, used to celebrate his daily noon Mass in under 20 minutes---to allow the handful of us who attended to have time for lunch as well. When criticized (as he was) his reply was, "A sacrament is in no way intensified by being prolonged."