Recently a friend went to Mass in her ‘regular’ parish (diocesean) and was surprised to see that her pastor remained in the church lobby while (unannounced) another priest came forward. He introduced himself as “First name, last name” (no title of "father’) and later during the homily said he was a Jesuit priest who taught at Such-and-Such College.
She was puzzled because the previous week there had been no mention of any ‘visiting’ priest (and in this parish there is ALWAYS an announcment if the Mass is going to be said by anyone other than Father), and also because her pastor did not concelebrate and didn’t even come into church. She could see him sitting outside in the lobby of the church through the whole Mass.
So she asked if the pastor of a parish could just ‘offer an opportunity’ for any priest to say Sunday Mass, or if there were guidelines and it would have to go through the diocese. I didn’t know the answer. There probably isn’t anything wrong about it but she is certainly puzzled that it was never mentioned the previous week, nor was it on the church web site or bulletin, and every other time that another priest has spoken (whether it has been while her pastor is away or whether it has been through things like having a priest come through say from the missions) it has **always **been mentioned, both verbally and written, and this time it was not.
She also mentioned that this priest added a few words (for 'emphasis), only used one hand to raise the host and then the same one hand to raise the chalice at the consecration, and ‘waltzed down the aisles’ (her words) through the whole homily, and of course this ‘stood out’ because her usual pastor doesn’t do anything like that. . .‘different’, she said, but nothing that caused her to worry about validity. She is just. . .puzzled.
So, any ideas why there was such a difference from the usual policy on this? The Jesuit priest actually moved there only a year ago and she’s never heard of him offering Mass before or anywhere at the college itself, but then again, that doesn’t really mean anything necessarily is wrong.