Yes! I shall return and clarify! In the Saginaw Diocese of Michigan there was a period of about 25 years that a late Bishop set about changing the Mass, order of Sacraments, renovating the architecture of the churches - inside and out, hiding the Tabernacle, removing confessionals, statues removed, the Crucifix replaced with a statue of the Risen Lord, Baptismal Founts replaced with pools/waterfalls, Stations of the Cross removed from the walls and only put up during Lent if enough “requests” were heard. The pews were replaced with chairs. The Communion rail was the first to go - along with the altar to be replaced with an altar/table facing the people. Banners, ribbons and trees became the focal point. As the faithful resisted, prayerfully, angrily, travelling to find the Holy Mass and a parish that had the Catholic Faith practiced, things worsened in the Diocese. An organization called “Call to Action” wormed their way into the parishes encouraging “women priests”, liturgical dancing, pushing “inclusive” language in the Gospel readings, other prayers of the Mass and songs. Liturgical abuses occurred - the Precious Blood in glassware and the Consecrated Hosts (in straw baskets) were left on a table to be forgotten, poured out, and the Hosts placed in Tupperware. Next homemade bread became a “ministry” for a few that followed their own various recipes. I must emphasize that these were not isolated happenings but became common practice. Where was the priest? I really do not want to go into at least 4 priests that were assigned during these years. It wasn’t pretty. One church that we found that was a balm to our wounds was 70 miles round trip and we were happy, happy, to become parishoners. There have been three great Bishops that have had the task of repairing the damage to souls and buildings. Two churches closer to us have had the Tabernacle placed in front of the people, one has gotten the kneelers back (they must have secretly stored them) and the other is trying to get some soon. The closest church has had liturgical corrections made, Crucifix is back, stations are on the walls, Tabernacle is still stuck away in a room off the vestibule, lingering confusion over who’s the boss - the Pastoral Minister (female) or the Sacramental Minister (retired - volunteering Priest).
The half-time Priest that has two parishes, alternating Sunday Mass, devoutly says Mass and is most encouraging. Oh yes! The communion wafer returned after that matter was brought to the attention of the 1st replacing Bishop. If you find what I have had to tell you as tiresome, not worth being upset over, etc. - I will say a prayer for you and ask you to pray for me.