Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sunday Mass

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (of New York) wrote about Sunday Mass this past weekend.

1. He orders priests to give short homilies, multiple times. In this respect, Cardinal Dolan practices what he preaches. The only homily I heard him give was on Ash Wednesday. He started off by talking about the New York Yankees, then he paused for a moment.

I thought, That wasn't a very good introduction. Maybe the rest of the homily will be better.

Then he sat down, and I thought, Wait, that was the entire homily?!

Not to be mean, but Ash Wednesday is kind of important. I was expecting the homily to be longer than a minute. It doesn't have to be longer than the average at-bat time for the New York Yankees, but it should last longer than the time it takes a Yankee to run around all four bases.

2. It is very difficult to provide for ethnic needs. The poor Vietnamese people are my parish are out of luck. They will never hear a mass in Vietnamese, because neither priest knows that language. The same goes for the Filipinos, the Italians and the Africans. That's part of the reason why Catholics used to have mass in Latin; it made it so no one was excluded or given preference, on the basis of language.

If I was a priest, I would probably try having mass in a language I don't know. For example, Tagalog or Japanese. Those languages have regular pronunciations, so as long as they are written in English letters, I can read in them. True, I have a horribly obvious American accent when speaking in other languages, but it's the thought that counts.

3. Cardinal Dolan asks for "trained Extraordinary Eucharistic ministers (where called for and allowed by liturgical law)". Not to be snotty, but 90% of the time, the law does not call for any Eucharistic ministers besides the priest. If Catholics enforced the general rule of "no going to Communion if you haven't been to Confession in the past three months", the distribution of the Eucharist would take significantly less time.


Anonymous said...

1. By contrast, in the Philippines, the CBCP has ordered priests to have homilies that won't make people fall asleep.
2. Unfortunately, that is the result of an Anglo-Saxon society that orders the use of English. The only solution? Get people of that ethnic group to become priests.
3. And if by "would take significantly less time" you mean "would not occur at all"! Yuk, yuk!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I want a homily with substance, even if it goes a little long. My priest gives really great homilies where he gets all fired up, and they actually go really long, but I don't think most people really mind because it was so good. And the Church says that you should only use Extraordinary ministers if necessary. I have a large parish, and a few really are necessary, but we have them everywhere, two feet from another one when we really only need one in that place. It would just be easier, flow nicer, and be more liturgically correct if we didn't have that many.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind communion going long, or the homily. Isn't Jesus worth that few minutes extra time?

Anonymous said...

Agree. The more the merrier!