Tuesday, September 6, 2011
WHY DID FATHER "ME" CHANGE THE MASS THIS PAST WEEKEND AND HOW CLUELESS ARE OTHER PARISHES IN OUR COUNTRY?
I had two lovely visitors from Connecticut come to me after our stunningly beautiful and corrected English translation of the 9:30 AM Mass this past Sunday (the first Sunday we implemented the corrected translation for the sung parts of the Mass) who asked me in the most polite way why "I had changed the Mass." I explained our bishop emeritus had given us permission to begin implementing the sung parts of the Mass that have the corrected translation. I went further to explain that the Church is asking for this change. The wife said, which Church? I said, the Roman Catholic Church through for English speaking Catholics throughout the world.
They then both said they had heard nothing about this from their parish Church in the supposedly progressive and liberal north, Connecticut to be exact.
I said that she needed to go and tell her pastor when she got home that he needed to get on the ball because by the First Sunday of Advent it has to be implemented in all parishes throughout the country. She said, "you don't tell my pastor anything!" Oh well.
I wonder how many pastors and parishes throughout the country are derelict in their duty to inform their parishioners and teach them about this major change that will be implemented everywhere in less than three months or to be exact in 12 Sundays?
If doctors can be sued for malpractice should priests? I know we are being sued! But maybe that should be extended to how priests fail to prepare people for big changes that have been in the works now for well over 25 years!
The bishops own website has had the corrected translation on it for over three years to prepare priests and laity for this change.
But on a bright note, even though this couple was discombobulated and wondered if they had wandered into a break away Catholic Church, they loved the changes and the solemnity in which St. Joseph Church celebrates the Mass. They said in their home parish they do things very casually and still have guitars up front and people waving their hands in front of them to bully them into singing! Oh well.