Saturday, January 20, 2018
IS IT A WSE IDEA TO USE PIZZA AND PRIZES TO GET PEOPLE TO COME TO MASS? DO GIMMICKS WORK OR IN THE LONGRUN TRIVIALIZE HOLY MOTHER CHURCH AND HER SACRAMENTS, ESPECIALLY THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS
In the post below this one, I jested, tongue in cheek of course, that I would start using pot incense to fill my church to 100% of parishioners attending Mass.
But in a midwestern parish, they do use gimmicks and they have seen increases in Mass attendance.
I can see using gimmicks to get kids to come to youth programs and CCD. And we know that kids themselves can be a gimmick to get their parents to come to Mass and go to Confession when we do family sorts of things and tell the kids that they are the ones to help their parents to put behind them their mortal sins of not participating in the Mass each Sunday and compounding their mortal sin when they don't bring their children to Mass.
I am into have many "ministries" or activities in the parish to keep people engaged and to show outreach to those in need. I love the idea of small groups in homes for faith formation and programs geared to every age group.
But I am sad we have to resort to these things when the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is what should get Catholics and keep them coming. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass we experience in an unbloody and eternal way the One Sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary. And then, we are are encouraged to receive the Most Sacred Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in Holy Communion if we are in a state of grace. And the gift of being returned to the state of grace is the Sacrament of Confession.
If only the glory and majesty of our Lord and the magnificence, transcendence, awe and wonder of our Liturgies would keep them coming week after week, day after day, we wouldn't have to resort to flimsy gimmicks like the ones below at Christ the King parish in a midwestern diocese:
This is what they do: