I voted yes. Just this past week-end by coincidence.
It was first Communion Sunday for the little ones and I guess to make the Gospel more digestible for them he “free formed it” so to speak. I didn’t realize it at first because I listen and don’t read along.
To paraphrase: One day Jesus was walking along teaching. He’d walk 3 miles to one town, then 4 miles to the next town. So He was pretty tired at the end of the day. You know how hot it is on the summer time and having walked all day he wanted to cool off so he found a nice big shade tree to lay under for awhile. Pretty soon the children of the town came up and were playing around Him. crawling on Him, poking Him, playing with His beard all bristly and curly, etc. when the apostles saw what was going on, they came over and chased the kids away saying, ‘Hey, cut it out’, ‘get off of him’, stuff like that. But then Jesus told them that the children were OK and it didn’t bother him at all…
I kept thinking to myself, is this the Gospel? yeah, I did the before Gospel reading crossing of head, lips, & heart. Maybe I got distracted and this is the homily? Hmm I don’t remember saying “Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.”
Then I heard it… “This is the Gospel of the Lord.” WHAT!!! I know that’s not in the Bible. I steamed for about a minute deciding what to do. I checked the Missal. It wasn’t even the right passage.
I got up, crawled past a couple people on my way to the aisle, genuflected and walked out.
That was the final straw for this church. I can deal with a music director that prefers plinking out ‘tunes’ on a little piano when a perfectly good organ is a few feet away. I can tolerate the lack of a true crucifix in the church during Mass. They put the processional cross in the sacresty instead of displaying it. not that it’d matter, the Corpus on it is just a blob of polished metal the vaguely resembles a humanoid form. I can even deal with EM’s passing the chalice to each other for the taking of the Wine since I won’t accept the Eucharist from them anyway. we’ve had women missioinaries visiting from South America as a “guest speaker” instead of a proper homily. There is no purification of the vessals after the Communion, etc, etc.
Jeez!! How much is a person supposed to take?? is it even a valid Mass if the Liturgy of the Word is not done correctly?
If he wanted to give a cozy message to the kids that’s fine, he could have done it at the homily. At least it would have been instructive. and something we as parents could relate to for a change (tired and having the kids all over us). Unlike alot of the drivel that comes from his pulpit.
I came back into the rear vestibule after saying a Rosary in the car for Father Al. It never ends, I peeked in and saw the Communicants standing in front of the alter. singing a song about how “Jesus is my best friend”. complete with ‘Head, shoulders, knees & toes’ type dancing to the accompanyment of some rock-a-billy tune on a cheap cassette player. then the congregation applauded. AARGH!!! All I could do ws shake my head sadly and wait for my mother in law to come out.
I’ve already sent an email to Father expressing my “list of grievances” citing GIRM, and CCC references.
Excellent Poll and it saved me from starting my own thread on the topic.