For several years in my parish something has been added that really bothers me and I’d like your thoughts:
Before the Sunday Masses (not weekday Mass), someone steps up to the microphone and makes a few announcements. Then she says, “Now please stand and greet those around you.” So everyone obligingly stands, mumbles “hi” etc. and as we’re all standing, the Processional begins.
This little innovation is not technically within the formal Mass itself, so I suppose the Liturgy Committee is within their right to add it. It is an attempt to make the parish more “friendly” but I think Catholics, who aren’t used to this sort of thing, really don’t like it but of course go along.
Seems that there is too much hand-shaking, hugging, grinning, etc. already WITHIN the Mass. Don’t mean to sound Scroogy, but everyone greeting and giggling before Mass makes it all seem like a social club.
I would like to go to the Liturgy Committee with my suggestion we drop the in-pew meet and greet, but would like to know the thoughts of other faithful Catholics on this one. Is this done at your parish? Have you ever experienced this at any parish? Would you like this if your parish adopted it?
Thanks and God bless!