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Mass-swappers keep priests on their toes to help fill gap

Sarah Carey


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'Prayer miles: A priest wearing a protective face mask at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport.' Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

'Prayer miles: A priest wearing a protective face mask at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport.' Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

'Prayer miles: A priest wearing a protective face mask at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport.' Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The demise of the Catholic Church is a tedious trope at this stage. So as a committed contrarian and harassed mother in search of 40 minutes peace, I began attending Mass some years ago. People outside my village life are slightly bewildered by this aberrant behaviour but generously tend to mark it down as a charming eccentricity.

When they ask in the kindest way what I'm up to, I always tell them that like Beckett, you have to see the humour in Mass.


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