Re: Arriving at or Leaving Mass Early - without a really good reason
I just want to mention a beautiful family in my parish. It is a fairly young couple with a beautiful mom and a smiling dad, and they have three young daughters and a young teenage son who is an altar server. This family comes every week to the Saturday vigil Mass, and they always arrive an hour early. All of them get in line for Confession, and Mom and Dad hand off the youngest girl who doesn't need to go. As I understand it, all the children are home-schooled. It is very heartwarming to see such a lovely family participating regularly in the sacraments like this, as they arrive faithfully and reverently week after week.
íViva Cristo Rey!
The conciliar Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium encouraged the faithful to take part in the eucharistic liturgy not "as strangers or silent spectators," but as participants "in the sacred action, conscious of what they are doing, actively and devoutly"