This is not meant to be a complaint (I’m over it), rather a question. Was this the wrong thing to do? Again, I’m not angry or going to go write letters… I recognize it as very rare to occur at my parish… but I want to know for my own sake whether or not I have interpreted liturgical law correctly or not.
The homily today was omitted entirely to discuss building plans for the church. This was about changing the steps to the altar, moving the tabernacle to a more respectable position, taking out a back door and moving it, and building a small grotto for reflection.
It was about 10-15 minutes, and also involved the (lay) architect talking about it. He was the only one who mentioned anything that could be considered similar to a homily (he mentioned the importance of the new place for the tabernacle, and the importance of the grotto).
Can. 767 §1. Among the forms of preaching, the homily, which is part of the liturgy itself and is reserved to a priest or deacon, is preeminent; in the homily the mysteries of faith and the norms of Christian life are to be explained from the sacred text during the course of the liturgical year.
§2. A homily must be given at all Masses on Sundays and holy days of obligation which are celebrated with a congregation, and it cannot be omitted except for a grave cause.
§3. It is strongly recommended that if there is a sufficient congregation, a homily is to be given even at Masses celebrated during the week, especially during the time of Advent and Lent or on the occasion of some feast day or a sorrowful event.
§4. It is for the pastor or rector of a church to take care that these prescripts are observed conscientiously.
Contingent: If it is ostensibly an abuse, let’s say the Archdiocese told the priest to sack the homily and talk about building prep. Would this still be an abuse?