Okay, today it was the Fr. So & So show, rather than Mass.
A few posts above are incorrect. And, having been through many such shows, I feel for you.
- He changed the words in the Gospel.
Illicit means, basically, “against the law”. Some posters above seem not to know that. Modifying the lectionary is illicit.
- He ad libbed the entire Mass, including the whole Eucharistic prayer, and I’m not sure there was a consecration.
Again, illicit, and highly so. It’s not up to lay people to decide whether a particular invented consecration is valid or not. That’s a matter for liturgists in the curia. Lay people on the internet have no authority nor competence in such matters and should hold their tongues/fingers. I’d say simply that we don’t know whether it was valid and even if you had a recording we’re not the people to ask.
- We said no Creed, just an impromptu “renewal of baptismal promises” which only asked if we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It could have been for any Christian religion.
If the renewal followed the prescribed form, then it was entirely proper. If the form was modified, this was illicit.
I felt sick. Didn’t know if I should receive Communion.
You are only required to receive communion once per year. Feel free to abstain when you are in grave sin, have not observed the required fast or are concerned that receiving is improper in any way. This is one of those times.
Didn’t know if I should bow before the Eucharist, and not sure if it was transubstantiated.
You can always reverence the Altar, no big problem here, and certainly the fact that a Catholic made a reverence to a possible, potential, or probably presence of Christ is showing good instincts. Also, you should act so as not to give scandal, so again reverencing is a good idea.
I wasn’t sure if I could even say “Amen” before receiving
Yeah, but you’re a lay person, it’s not your responsibility to make sure the Mass is done well. I’d give yourself a break on these things. This is not supposed to happen to you, you have received no instruction concerning it. Not your fault or responsibility.
I’m telling you this was bad.
I’ve been there.
Not sure what to do ,since I don’t have a recording of what took place.
He did not follow the rubrics for the consecration, yet it is a Roman Catholic parish.
Your Bishop’s email is probably published. If so, write a short letter expressing your concerns in the most calm language you can. Be detached and cool. This will help you communicate better.
What can be done?
The Bishop can act if he chooses. That’s his job.
How much leeway does a Roman Catholic priest have?
Very little! If you want to know, buy a copy of the G.I.R.M. (General instruction of the Roman Missal) in paperback for a few bucks and read about it. I also like this book. It’s faithful and not political.
Remember, it’s not your job to do anything about this beyond telling your Bishop simply and politely if you feel it is warranted.