God, Cell Phones and French Catholic Churches

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From an email sent by my wife’s cousin—too good not to share:

“Notice can now be found in French churches:

En entrant dans cette église, il est possible que vous entendiez l’appel de Dieu.Par contre, il n’est pas susceptible de vous contacter par téléphone.Merci d’avoir éteint votre téléphone.  Si vous souhaitez parler à Dieu, entrez, choisissez un endroit tranquille et parle lui. Si vous souhaitez le voir, envoyez-lui un SMS en conduisant.


Translation :
It is possible that on entering this church, you may hear the Call of God.

On the other hand, it is not likely that he will contact you by phone.
Thank you for turning off your phone. If you would like to talk to God, come in, choose a quiet place, and talk to him.

If you would like to see him, send him a text while driving.”

And a Happy and Blessed New Year to you all.

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  1. The funny thing is, the only time I can find a missal is when I use the “MyParish” app our diocese seems to have plowed the radio station money into. (Went online only, can be accessed via the app. Pretty good for keeping track of the readings and when Mass or Confession is offered, though.)

  2. Even after the request to silence the cell phones it’s still amazing that some silly parishioner will receive “the call” almost always at the elevation of our Lord.
    Uncanny. Then comes the stare from the compliant attendees.

    From God; Like me on Saintbook and follow me on Forgiver.

    ( Hard to follow your wife’s cousins find. ) Funny bit. Thanks for sharing.

  3. From the other side– all through my time in the Navy, I was on call.

    If they needed me, I had to go.

    That is why my phone was on

    If a movie theater, then either I could get an alert… or I wasn’t there. A matter of life and death.

    Now there is both “do not disturb” setting (allows set numbers– AKA those with elderly family can go to a movie) and “silent mode” AKA “you can hear it if you are near.”
    Depending on the phone, not always detectable in silent mode.

    Ironically enough, folks who ignore phones are more likely to be called because they don’t touch their phones.

    “MyParish” can help with “hey, silence me” warnings. (it’s an app.)

  4. Foxfier, I’m far from an expert on cell phones (my grandson had to show me how to use a mic app to convert speech to text). But aren’t there modes in which the cell phone just vibrates when there’s a call, rather than plays a tune? Or am thinking of an app that will make someone some money?

  5. When I worked at a nuke plant, my beeper then later cell phone had to always be on. The reason? Emergency Plan watch rotation and System Engineer duties (I was the Radiation Monitoring System Engineer then later the Plant Process Computer Engineer, and the Control Room Operators never liked either rad monitor or plant computer hiccups, on or off hours, nor did the Federal Regulator – US NRC). As long as vibrate mode was sufficient to alert me, that was fine. Never however got called while at Mass or Confession. Not once. Nor did I ever get called while at an AA meeting. Real strange. Maybe God had something to do with that? But regularly got called when I was in the middle of a workout at the gym (obviously that was when I was healthy). PS, there are some occupations always on call and you want them to be on call – nuke plant engineers, policemen, nurses and doctors, military men, etc. Yes, God comes first and He would be the last one to tell you to ignore your duty to public health and safety. Just use vibrate mode to get your message and leave quietly to do your duty once the message is received.

  6. “Yes, God comes first and He would be the last one to tell you to ignore your duty to public health and safety. Just use vibrate mode to get your message and leave quietly to do your duty once the message is received.”
    Thank you

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