Monday, December 27, 2004

The Spirit of Christmas

Ohio Couple Plunk Down $85 to Have Pew for Christmas Eve

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Joe and Kathy Tricaso, who live in the Akron suburb of Green, spent $85 in a church auction last summer to reserve a pew. Their investment paid off. The parking lot at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church was filling fast when they arrived an hour before Friday's 4 p.m. service.

"The rule is you're not allowed to save seats, and kind, loving Christians can get pretty mean-spirited if you tell them they can't sit down when they see an empty seat on a pew," Joe Tricaso said. He said one reason for bidding on the reserved pew during the church's Summer Fun Fest was to keep his mom, Doris, from arguing with the ushers about seat availability on Christmas Eve. The couple also wanted the family to sit together.

"We agreed that no matter how much the pew would have cost, it would have been worth it to save my mom from getting into a fight," Tricaso said.

A couple of years ago I would have thought this article was a joke. This year, however, click read more
we almost had a fight break out in our church. The church seats about 1000. At 3:15 it was standing room only for a 4:00 mass. By 3:30 there were several hundred people standing. There was one woman saving an entire pew for her family. So literally hundreds of people were standing including quite a few infirm elderly folks and this woman was blocking off a row of 12 seats for her family. Some fairly serious words were exchanged (quietly) and I am fairly certain a fight was only averted because the man in question couldn’t bring himself to hit a woman. He certainly wasn’t embarrassed about having it out in church as he went on looking to enlist help getting her removed.

Justice came when Father decided to start mass 25 minutes early (there were now almost as many people standing as sitting and really no way to get anyone else in. So the woman found herself attending mass alone in an empty pew with about 1000 people standing and staring at her. Her family showed up right at 4:00 and had to “excuse me” past all of them only to find themselves 25 minutes late.


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