[quote=BayCityRickL]I have always been a Catholic, but I have compared a few points with Protestant services.
- In some protestant churches, the sermons are so good, that they are taped and kept in a library for continual reference. I will admit I didn’t see much action in the library I am referring to, but the resource is there.
How many parishes have such a library resource?
Some Protestant homilies are not worth the electrons on which they are digitized, but get recorded anyway. It is an ego thing for some Protestant pastors, and even some Catholic ones.
As to the cost of recording and keeping recordings, it would be better to record via digitization and store them via a web site for download, not tape.
I know of two parishes in my area that do so, although I am not a parishoner at these parishes.
[quote=BayCityRickL]And, isn’t that a standard for judging a homily, that it would be worth recording and storing in a library for on-going reference?
Not necessarily. It could be that a homily left some people indifferent, touched a couple, and angered a few. Ya never know.
[quote=BayCityRickL]2. I’ve only seen one instance where a parish bulletin reinforced and expanded on the lectionary readings.?
I take it you live on the Coast, either side. Ever been to the Midwest? In every parish in three dioceses I can think up right off the top of my head, there is an expansion and extension in the bulletin, whether it’s a flyer, insert or direct print in the bulletin. But some people resent this, as they are not school children who need to “learn their catechism”. And some inserts are hogwash, touchy-feely things that aren’t worth the ink to print them. It has to be presented in a palatable way based on the CCC, not treating parishioners like a herd of ignoramus. And small groups frequently go over the lectionary readings.
[quote=BayCityRickL]3. For the vast majority of people who have not studied psychology, let me pose the question of how much do people remember about a homily even at the end of Mass? four hours after Mass lets out? the next day? the next week??
That’s not quite an accurate supposition, as anybody who has been to any type of college in the past 20 years or so was generally required to take at least Intro to Psyc, along with either Abnormal Behavior or Educational Psyc.
Our pastor and only priest structures his homilies based on a reinforcement and staging method, so that the homilies for that portion of the liturgical year are built on the homilies previous to that. So, it helps to remember the homily from last week in order to match the flow for the next week. There are verbal clues and questions usually get asked.
[quote=BayCityRickL]4. Did you EVER see some advice in a parish bulletin on where to look for more information on the lectionary readings or on the subject of the homily??
Yes. You don’t? What about the flyers from St. Anthony Press? What about the little section on the readings for the week? What about the listing of the web site for the USCCB?
[quote=BayCityRickL]5. Did you EVER see a regular feature in a parish bulletin where parishioners were coached to discuss some aspect of the homily or lectionary readings or to do some spiritual exercise — as if to question whether that Sunday Mass made any difference in anyone’s life?
Yes. We frequently have these and other suggestions in our bulletin.
[quote=BayCityRickL]I believe these questions are relevant to a seemingly superficial about the duration of Mass. With Mass attendance continually dropping, I thing they are worth asking.
I don’t think the question of the length of Mass was superficial. Even if it was superficial or trivial, a person has the right to ask and get an answer.
And while Mass attendance might be dropping where you are, in other areas around the country there is an actual increase. Homeletics and applied scripture study doesn’t seem to be the entire reason. It seems to be, primarily, a movement of the Holy Spirit, combined with orthodoxy, adherence to GIRM, and no illicit innovation.