I have, what I feel… is a legitimate question/concern. I’m not sure if this is “common practice” in most parishes, but it certainly has been… in the two parishes where we attend Mass. I’d like to understand, why this is done.
At the end of each weekend Mass… before the final blessing and “Go in Peace” are given, we are forced to sit and listen to a lengthy reading of the Sunday Bulletin. Why is that?
Last weekend, a very elderly Deacon took the better part of 15 mins to go through the bulletin; Ok, it may have been closer to 10 mins. But the point is, by the end of it… there were at least 3-4 small children… screaming at the top of their lungs. And my disabled, elderly mother… was very anxious to leave .
Now, the difficulty is this. We are told that we must not leave… before the final blessing is given… and if we do… our attendance at Mass isn’t valid <we have heard this, time and time again in both parishes>. It seems to me, that this “rule” <? for lack of a better term> is being misused… to force a recognition of Sunday bulletin content. There are many, many people… who simply refuse to stay, and they take their entire families… and leave, before the final blessing. And the other half of the congregation… do stay .
I know I will be told, that because of my mother… it’s “ok to leave”… but that warning of Mass being invalid, rings in my ears. Because our priest hasn’t told us, we can leave. Where is it stated in the Catechism… that the “reading of the bulletin” is a part of the Mass???
I’m wondering, then… how aware are Pastors, that there are 3 “groups” in their midst, who suffer <sometimes, intensely> through this “forced” reading of the Sunday Bulletin? I’m speaking of… Children… Elderly… and the Disabled.
I simply can’t understand… why Father doesn’t stand up and say… “For those of you who can stay for the Bulletin announcements, please do” <out of obedience, many people will stay>… and then, give the final blessing before it is read… allowing those who can not stay, the option of leaving. Are they afraid everyone will get up and leave at once? <hmm… scratches head> If so… then maybe they should just trust… that when Bulletins are taken, they will be read at home. We always read them, at home.
Ok… well, thanks for letting me get that out of my system. It was difficult for me… to watch my mother squirming around and to hear all of those tired children screaming… because they had sat too long… in a confined area.
I hope that if any Pastors read this… they might consider making alterations to the reading of the Bulletin, after Mass… for the 3 groups I mentioned. Thanks and God bless.