As I understand the Mass is “over” at Communion but I do like to stay even a few minutes after last blessing.
Recently I moved to small community with one Parish. They can have 15 minutes of announcements before the final blessing. Generally things that do not pertain to me; CCD children’s stuff etc. They basically read the bulletin…
Then a second collection. The Mass breaks up into a chatty mob almost immediately.
Bottom line is it gets very distracting and I have taken to leaving directly after receiving the Eucharist. The parish is actually in a very pretty pecan grove and recently the landscape and sunset have been breathtaking. I feel much more connected as I pray Anima Cristi outside than inside…
I don’t run out and jump in my car and jet off. I am not trying to avoid anything but the inside distractions.
Admittedly parishes withhold final blessing so you do stick around but this seems to me equally disingenuous. I don’t understand why parishes have taken the idea announcements belong IN the Mass.
If you don’t consider Mass over until final blessing how does one square with such behavior?