IT IS MOST annoying to see people going to the Novena Church at Thomson Road reserving places in the pews for their friends twenty five minutes before a Novena service begins. It is not uncommon for their friends to turn up late or fail to turn up for the service.

Recently I met an elderly lady at the 9 am novena session who was upset that every week the situation is the same and the priest has not said a thing about this selfish act which deprives many people, especially the elderly of a place in the pews.

It is understandable if the family members reserve a place for the driver who is parking the car or someone who needs to answer to nature's call. But to reserve two or three spaces by placing objects on the pews for people who take their sweet time to attend the novena service is undoubtedly selfish and unfair to those who turn up early for the service.

It would be good if the priest can announce that the reservation of places for people who are not yet in church for the service is not allowed. They should continue to make this announcement until the message sinks into those who are guilty of this practice. It is sad to note that the unholy practice of reserving seats at food courts has now been imported into God's house.

    Nelson Quah

    Singapore 650524

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