We are a proud and faithful Catholic family who recently moved to EDIT TX, from Louisiana, after losing our house in Katrina. We have attended Mass at six or seven churches in the area, and ALL have what I consider to be rather signficant liturgical abuse.
I could give several interesting, funny, and amazing examples, but I will use the latest from today’s Mass. This morning, immediately after the homily and before the profession of faith, the Monsignor interrupted the Mass to have an awards ceremony for the boy scouts. He walked into the Mass (no, he was not concelebrating) to welcome the scouts and then called about 15 out by name, and invited them with their parents to come to the front of the church to be congratulated and to have pins put on them. Then, he asked the congregation to stand and bless the scouts. The entire episode took probably 4-5 minutes, with 2-3 interruptions for applause. After this interruption, the Monsignor left Mass, took off his vestments, and returned to Mass in his black clothing to walk around. (This is not a joke.)
I have spent the past two hours researching the proper form of liturgy and can find NOTHING that even remotely permits this activity. What in the world is going on with our beautiful faith? Believe it or don’t, I actually spoke with this very same Monsignor not two days ago about other examples, and, with all respect due, he thinks Mass interruptions, changed words, and other non-standard liturgy is perfectly acceptable. I am at a loss for how to handle this or what do do
Any advice? And, please, if anyone of authority thinks this is acceptable Mass activity, I surely would like to be corrected.