so this is going to be my first posting here, so please don’t be too angry if it’s not in the right area…
But for the real “problem”: I was attending mass today at my local parish (instead of going to one of the services offered at the nearby city, which I normally do for several reasons) and already felt in advance that it might not be as usual. The service scheduled was called a “family service” and I knew from before that this could involve some strange things.
What I saw then topped it all. In fact, the usage of not approved words of institution was the least problem. The “chairman” (a layman) of our local parish council (or pastoral council - not that sure on terminology) behaved like he was the director and writer of the whole “play” and the priest seemed just like an actor doing what he was told to do.
Although there were two ordained priests concelebrating and there weren’t too many people attending, an EMHC was wandering around, going to the tabernacle, distributing holy communion to the altar servers, etc.
The Our Father was said while children were kind of “dancing” around the altar, under the guidance of the EMHC (who happens to be the teacher for religious ed at the local school).
At the end of the mass, when the priest and the altar servers were beginning the recessional (lining up in front of the high altar, just before they bowed) the so-called chairman out of a sudden stood up and walked to the ambo, taking the mic and loudly announcing some kind of extra news not mentioned before. The organ music then stopped to allow him speaking and after he was finished he just nodded to the priest to signal him to “proceed”.
Afterwards I didn’t quite know what to do. I just didn’t feel that this celebration met the criteria for what I call a “sunday mass”. So I attended an evening mass at the monastery church where I go regularly during the week and, of course, received the Holy Eucharist there.
So my questions are - what do you think about:
1.) Should I - and if yes, what - do something about the irregularities I found at my local parish or is it just my personal opinion that something was “wrong” there?
2.) Was it ok for me to attend mass a second time a day and receive the Holy Eucharist there?
Would be very thankful to receive some answers and opinions,