Letter: Bothered by church chimes
The Olivia Catholic church has a combination of chimes and bells that have turned into an annoying noise machine because of the high volume. These chimes are set to clang every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Also, a set goes off at 5:30 p.m...
The Olivia Catholic church has a combination of chimes and bells that have turned into an annoying noise machine because of the high volume. These chimes are set to clang every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Also, a set goes off at 5:30 p.m. for 15-plus minutes. Before the 8 a.m. Mass, it blasts for five minutes, disturbing the peace and quiet of people who are relaxing or resting.
The priest and two committee members said this needs to happen because of tradition. Through telephone conversations, I was told my ears were too sensitive and I should adjust to this volume. The priest asked me my religious affiliation and when I stated Catholic, he couldn't understand why I would object to something that was traditional. Does tradition in someone's mind come before considering how it affects others?
There are other churches in town that have chimes or bells, but they sound them at the beginning of Sunday services, funerals, etc. This is done at a sensible volume and length. This is an example of how to live with people of different beliefs. We fought for the freedom to worship as we choose and no one has the right to impose on this freedom. If someone enjoys chimes, purchase some for your home. Prayer and meditating should be an individual choice. The church should be sensitive to its surroundings and not have an "in your face" attitude.
I am writing this letter because after asking for consideration, nothing has been changed. I live near the church and I get the full volume as do others that are near. Many members of this church are not affected because of distance.
Hopefully this church will engage in more walk the walk and less talk the talk. Maybe sensitivity will prevail.