No. The church – God's
house – is supposed to be a house of prayer, not a place for socializing. After
Mass, one should give thanks...
"After Mass we should give God thanks for having allowed us
to assist at this great Sacrifice, and we should ask pardon for all the faults
we may have committed while assisting at it." (Catechism of Pope St. Pius X)
"When the Mass, which is subject to special rules of the
liturgy, is over, the person who has received Holy Communion is not thereby
freed from his duty of thanksgiving; rather, it is most becoming that, when the
Mass is finished, the person who has received the Eucharist should recollect
himself, and in intimate union with the divine Master hold loving and fruitful
converse with Him. Hence they have departed from the straight way of truth, who,
adhering to the letter rather than the sense, assert and teach that, when Mass
has ended, no such thanksgiving should be added, not only because the Mass
itself is a thanksgiving, but also because this pertains to a private and
personal act of piety and not to the good of the community. But, on the
contrary, the very nature of the sacrament demands that its reception should
produce rich fruits of Christian sanctity." (Pope Pius XII)
After a proper
thanksgiving, socializing may be done OUTSIDE the church. One should remain
silent INSIDE the church...
"But the LORD is in his holy temple; silence before him,
all the earth!" (Hab. 2:20)
"Silence in the presence of the Lord GOD!" (Zeph. 1:7)
"Nothing so becomes a church as silence and good order.
Noise belongs to theatres, and baths, and public processions, and market-places:
but where doctrines, and such doctrines, are the subject of teaching, there
should be stillness, and quiet, and calm reflection, and a haven of much
repose." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)
Women should be
especially on guard regarding silence in church as Holy Scripture says...
"As in all the churches of the holy ones, women should
keep silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should be
subordinate, as even the law says. But if they want to learn anything, they
should ask their husbands at home. For it is improper for a woman to speak in
the church. Did the word of God go forth from you? Or has it come to you
alone? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet or a spiritual person, he should
recognize that what I am writing to you is a commandment of the Lord."
(St. Paul, as inspired by the Holy Spirit, in 1 Cor. 14:33-37, emphasis
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