[quote="LighthouseRon, post:9, topic:182864"]
In regards to list length, I'm talking about those who are gravely ill, meaning they would appear to have only a few days to live. That list seemingly wouldn't be very long.
Well, once again, still problematic since how do we ascertain how ill someone is? And then there's the guaranteed response of, "So my mother has to be dying before you'll pray for her?!"
While you most certainly have good points, in my experience those who have family members who are ill to that extent don't mind them being mentioned at Mass and I would assume permission would be given by the immediate family before doing so anyway.
For starters, you would be assuming too much. Well intentioned people sometimes don't bother to ask first.
And privacy means a lot to some, for example, every now and then I preside at funerals where the obituary isn't published until the day after the funeral. Some families want their funerals to be "by invitation only."
All that being said, it seems to me my original question really hasn't been answered. Is it improper to do this or is simply not advised?
I can't think of any liturgical regulation that would outright forbid it. But, in my opinion, its ill advised, atleast in some parishes.