Female Parishioners Upset That Men Not Also Being Asked To “Set The Altar” Before Mass

January 31, 2013 by  
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Baker, OR–Female Parishioners at St. John Bosco Parish in Baker, Oregon have sent a letter to Bishop Liam Cary accusing their pastor Fr. Maurice Alvarez as well as Deacon Bob Ley of sexism and chauvinism. The one-page complaint letter alleges, among other things, that Alvarez “sits back in the rectory with Deacon Bob every Sunday before Mass, laughing it up, while the women are made to dress the altar and do all the little things around the church.” Beverly Rapkin, who drafted the letter to Cary, told Eye of the Tiber this afternoon that Alvarez had never even once asked if they could use an extra hand. “It’s not that we even really need their help,” Rapkin said. “They’d probably just get in the way anyway. All we want is them to ask once in a while. Maybe some recognition or a thank you.” Rapkin went on to retorically ask Eye of the Tiber if this was the 50’s, and if not, then why all the men should just sit arournd while the women slave over an altar. At press time, Deacon Bob was apologizing, profusely, even though Beverly knows full well that he doesn’t just sit around all day, and that she wouldn’t be so upset if she could see the stress he was under at work.

  • Roberto

    And on the Feast day of St. John Bosco! Imagine that! 🙂

  • Barbara

    Really, you’re complaing about this????? Offer it up!

  • Shamrock

    Who are these women “slaving” for? Themselves or for God? If it is for
    themselves they need to stop their selfish ministry. If it is for God then
    how arrogant to make such silly complaints. Perhaps reading the gospel
    story might help all these “Martha’s” get some perspective. A question?
    Why are the priest(s), and the deacon “yucking it up” in the sacristy before
    Mass. Should they not be praying as they prepare for this most sacred
    event? Sounds as if this whole parish needs a 40 hours devotion or at
    least a parish retreat.

    • Dan

      Alas Shamrock, as they exist only in the realm of fiction, your excellent advice will go unheard.

  • Susan M

    Shame on these women. Setting the altar is a privilege. If they don’t like doing it, give someone else the chance.

    • PureCatholic

      Its called ‘SATIRE’

  • I think there definitely should be a more obvious disclaimer that this is a SATIRE site. Some people are not getting it! lol.

  • K C Thomas

    If we serve God, we shall never complain about our brethren who do not serve or help those who serve.
    However i feel our menfolk can be more religious and service minded. Serving God as Altarhelp or doing some odd job for the Church or community must be taken as honourable. God sees, listens always.

  • Meerkat

    What part of “SATIRE” do too many people not understand????

  • Maggie

    I have had the privilege of making and washing altar linens. It is like doing laundry for the Lord!

  • Irenaeus

    As if! Haha.