Who has not felt that the presence of the inevitable praise band down front with the trap set where the altar might have been and the soloists at their mics has not been the tail that wags the dog.
Yonkers, NY––Blake Jennings, lead guitarist at St. Therese Parish in
Yonkers, New York is outraged over what he calls “years of concerts
being interrupted by the Mass.” The 56-year-old accountant and father of
three has played with his band at the 9:30 Folk Mass since 2009. “Our
fans love us,” Jennings said, after Sunday Mass. “You can see it in
their eyes…the way they droop down, lazily closing as we play…as if
their entering into some kind of ecstasy. Or the way some in the parish
are so moved they just can’t stand another moment of joy, and simply
walk out…presumably to get some air.” But according to Jennings, many in
the band have been becoming ever frustrated with the frequent
interruptions to their concerts. “Father’s always interrupting…always
trying to upstage us. First it’s a gospel, then a homily, eventually the
words of consecration…there’s always something with this guy.” Jennings
has recently begun a petition, and hopes to get 2,000 signatures to
send to the diocese.