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August 16th, 2012
#329 – Is it okay to use my iPad at Mass?

Is it okay to use my iPad at Mass? Alex the intern’s last podcast. Next week: the premiere of Fr. Steve Bell on the Busted Halo Cast! (Question begins at 8:30). 08-16-12.

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  • Johnny

    Somewhere along the way, we’ve gotten sidetracked. The readings at mass are meant to be PROCLAIMED and therefore LISTENED TO! When we watch TV or a movie, we don’t insist on having the script there in front of us. God wants to speak to our hearts through his word. Listening at mass is a communal action; burying ourselves in a missalette (or, now, electronic device) isolates and individualizes. (Those who truly need help – hard of hearing, etc. – are a different case. What is a genuine necessity for some can become a crutch for others who don’t need it.)

  • Colleen

    Patricia, how exactly is it impolite? Don’t many of us read along with the readings and gospel in the missal? What’s the difference between reading a paper missal and the screen of an iPad? Also, maybe I’m wrong here, but I don’t know anyone who reads the readings before Mass. I’m sure people do, but I certainly don’t think it’s a requirement to attend Mass.

    Anyway, I think as long as you are using your iPad only for readings, hymns and such, that it’s perfectly fine.

  • Patricia Burke

    Electronic devices are handy and provide both positive and negative influences in our lives. If you have not completed the readings prior to attending Mass you are not prepared to receive the Word and your iPad can’t help you during Mass. You should be concentrating and giving undivided attention to the Priest or Deacon. It is impolite to be reading while they are imparting God’s Word.

  • Maria

    I have Magnificat on both my iPad and iPhone. I use it at Mass on my iPhone for the readings and occasionally for the Eucharistic prayer. So far, nobody has said anything to me about using my iPhone, but sometimes I get some strange looks. I find that following along on my iPhone helps me to stay focused more than if I only had the paper missilette.

    As far as distractions in Mass go, there are plenty of opportunities for distraction. But it is our choice to engage in these distractions or to engage in the Mass.

  • Ann

    I’m a choir director, and I have all my music on my iPad. It means that I don’t have to carry a case-load of binders and books, and everything I have is right there. 1/3 of the folks in my choir have their music on their iPads as well. The technology is helpful. And, it was a godsend at the Easter vigil this year—less distracting than all the extra cords needed to hook up music stand lights. And, for sure, no one is checking their email or playing ‘Angry Birds.’

    I think that more and more of the younger generation–those who will still come to mass—will come with their iPads. If I were the music and missal publishers, I’d be a bit nervous right now!

  • E. Keith

    About using ipad/iphone in mass; I have used my iphone at daily mass a few times especially when if I didn’t have a missal with me. I used it for the readings because I remember more if I read and hear. I have to admit that I covered it with both hands and put it away as soon as the gospel was over. The iphone is smaller and easier to put in a pocket. I am 72 years old and I find the technology inviting, and useful. I have at least three bibles and two rosaries,also have iPieta on it too that I use at different times.It has taught me a lot. It is very handy when traveling. I don’t have to pack my missal, just my phone.
    So glad to welcome Fr. Steve Bell. All the best, keep up the good work. I learn a lot.

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