Why attend an illicit Mass.
This church in not in communion with the Holy Mother Church.
These priest have been suspended by the Church. We all know this; thus, how can a truly faithful Catholic go against that understanding. We know that these priests should not be offering the Holy Mass - period.
When you go to receive communion, you are saying, I fully believe in, and support, what is being offered here at this Mass and the beliefs held by the presider. So in effect, you are, by attending an illicit Mass, supporting the schisms of such. It would be one thing if one did not know about the suspension, it is entirely different when the act is knowing performed (and although appearently no longer considered a grave sin to attend, I wouldn’t chance it knowing about the suspension!).
IMHO: I’d rather go to a Mass where the Hymns were rapped-out than attend an illicit Mass.
I am blessed with a Parish that was established and ran by the Franciscans over a 100 years ago. We follow the Missal almost to the letter, sometimes the responsorial isn’t the one printed; however, it is always from the list of allowed alternates. Them Hymns are from the Missal or the book of Hymns (It’s a green hardbound titled “Gather” I think it’s the 2nd edition). IMHO, we omit the incense and use the short forms of the readings too often; however, it’s a beautiful Mass we offer and it follows the Norms as established by the Missal/GIRM.
Now while on vacation, we did have the occasion to visit two churches…
- At one, the poor chanter, myself and two other gentlemen in the congregation, were the only ones that sang the hymns. I felt so sorry for this poor young lady - we had attended Mass at this Church before and as is normal most people had sung. Other than this, the Mass here was fairly much as the Mass in my normal Parish.
- Yet, at another church, when we started the Our Father, they almost Hip-Hop/Rapped the prayer, which was a shock, and this was at a Cathedral. You should have seen Fr.'s face; he covered his surprise quite well; however, I think he was taken by surprise. I know I mentioned this to him on our way out, how unusual the prayer was recited. He smiled and said that yes it was. I suspect that someone was talked to later that week.
What I am trying to point out is that:
Walking_Home is very right to point out that not all churches are out of norms.
Even a good church has the occasional politics. Turns out that the young lady that sang that Sunday, without the support of the congregation proper, was chosen over a more “politically correct (read my family is better than yours - we gave more money - Matthew 6:1-6,16-18 comes to mind, just heard this Wednesday)” singer and the a smear campaign had been raging in the Parish. How embarrassing for the Pastor to have the “wolf” walking within the Church proper - brought in by the very sheep he is supposed to protect.
Even a Cathedral can be hijacked and the Pastor/Presider blindsided by a liberal liturgy or choir director. Fr. relies on the congregation, with proper instruction, for many of the lay ministries - and the “Wolf/Snake” stalks us at every moment.
Find a Church that is in communion with the Holy Mother Church.
If the liturgy is “Bad” in that it deviates from the Norms, ask the Pastor. Saying, I’m new here and this struck me as being odd, can you help me to understand? Perhaps, thru you, the Holy Spirit will be that wakeup call Fr. needs to get the ball rolling for change.
Be ACTIVE in the church, that means, getting on the committees and councils.
I’m on the Parish council at my Church… drives me nuts when we ask people for help and ideals and they don’t step-up, yet are the first to comment and complain - these are the wolves in the pews; however, even wolves can be tamed (^_^)