Confused Parishioner Won’t Stop Accidently Saying “And Also With You”

December 26, 2012 by  
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photo: Gregory L. Tracy

Hoboken, New Jersey––It is being reported today that Timothy Perkins of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Hoboken, New Jersey continually made the wrong responses at Mass, despite having the new laminated translation guide in his hands. “He had it in his hands, but he wasn’t using it,” an unnamed parishioner who was sitting next to Perkins at Mass said, adding that Perkins’ baritone voice constantly threw off his own responses. “Honestly, though, how do you still not know the responses? He’s here every week, for goodness sakes.” Other parishioners told Eye of the Tiber that Perkins seemed so confused at one point that he had given up trying to say the correct responses for both the new and the old translation, at one point responding, “And also with your spirit as well.”

  • Lorraine Murray

    Hilarious! Thanks for giving us a good laugh!!

  • Martha

    Just stick with ‘Et cum spiritu tuo’ and you’ll be fine. ;)

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  • Will

    I sympathize with Mr. Perkins. I use my missal every week, and I occasionally still foul up the Creed.

  • Fr D

    I find the response after the Orate fratres to be the one people still miss the most. “His HOLY Church” people!

  • I am not Spartacus

    I pity the poor pew dwellers who faithfully memorised the intentionally bad translations and who are not expected to memorise and speak the authentic translations.

  • Fr. Matthew Green

    So true! It is very hard for older parishioners to change their responses after 40 years. I get “And also with your spirit” fairly frequently from people of an older generation at Mass. Even worse is when someone standing at a microphone or near me at the altar accidentally says an old response really loud, throwing me off, and hence the whole congregation… When I celebrate Mass at a nursing home, I just let the participants say whatever response they want. They have done enough just by getting down to Mass with their walkers and wheelchairs.

  • Joe

    This is a little something my friend and I threw together almost a year ago, its just in line with this post, which is excellent!

  • Dan

    I still say and also with you. The new translation is a piece of holy hogwash. Blessings.

  • Gaz

    Some priests I know seem to be having this problem also…