A few years ago we had to have weekday Mass in our parish room. One lady said to me "I prefer it in here, it's more like a meal". I was unable to answer her - too appalled. I have heard others refer to the Eucharist as a "meal" and I'm sorry, I can't agree. The Host is Jesus Christ and I receive Him to fortify me and stay within me until I can come to him again. I see this as Communion with Him alone and believe we should remain in silence for a time at the end of Mass. Another point: one of our parishioners arrived at Mass last Sunday just before Communion. I heard her apologise to Father afterwards but she said "At least I was in time for Communion". I did not hear his reply, but knowing him and his unwillingness to rock the boat, I doubt if he said anything. When I was an Anglican I was taught that we must enter the church before the Gospel, if we were late. Since becoming a Catholic I have always tried to arrive half an hour before the Mass starts and allow this time to get there. If anything should prevent me on my way, I wouldn't go up to receive Communion. Am I right or am I being too scrupulous?