OK I have my suit of armor on and I know I will be lambasted but here we go. I have to vent. I am sick of all the politically correct junk going on with Mass. It’s like I can’t attend a normal Mass anymore.
We have contemporary Mass, Youth Mass, Senior Mass, Charismatic Mass, Clown Mass, Children’s Mass, “String” Mass (all stringed instruments), outdoor Mass, Come as you are Mass, guitar Mass, Men’s Mass, Women’s Mass, Missions Mass, Fund raising Mass, Healing Mass, Teacher’s mass, Police and Firefighters Mass, Liturgical Dance mass, “Quick” Mass (for those who hate Mass I guess), no music mass (for those who don’t like to SING–we don’t want to offend them) and the list goes on and on and on.
I know that there are special events but sometimes it seems that all that we have is special events. Do we really have to be “entertained”? Are churches this big on being politically correct and making sure everyone is thrilled and excited at any given moment? What happened to MASS…plain, beautiful, respectful, old-fashioned Mass?
I don’t mind an occasional special event but aren’t feast days and holidays special enough? Do we have to worry people will lose interest so we must create all these “special Masses”?
I actually went to a Mass where they introduced the people while the organist played an inner city sounding tune, “Hi Good Morning and welcome to St Hollywood Mass. I am Sherry and I will be guiding you through the Mass today. Our celebrant is Fr. Joe and Deacon Bill be assisting him. Our readers are Dave Snow, Suzy Leaf, and our altar servers are Amy Blessing and Gerard Duncan who is serving us today for the first time. Let’s give a big hand for Gerard. (People clapping) The Knights of Columbus will be taking the offering and bringing up the gifts today. Welcome if you are visiting and we hope you enjoy your morning with us so will you please open your Missalettes to page ??? for our opening hymn.” and then this woman just broke into some Liza Minnelli opening act. I was shocked and left. I went to Latin Mass down the street. I had enough of pushing Jesus to the side so we don’t offend people.
I swear I will never step foot in that Hollywood production church again. I’m old and grumpy and maybe I’m totally nasty, but I just want Mass, where Jesus dying is the “big event”. I don’t just believe in transubstantiation, it’s a FACT…it’s real and I want Him and not all this balloon stuff. It breaks my heart, it’s like He’s not enough. I picture Him on the cross dying and some woman’s on the microphone…I don’t get it and I don’t want to get it.
So tear into me but I just had to let this fly as it’s just becoming more about entertaining people with “specialized” Masses so they don’t leave disappointed than about a personal encounter with Jesus who died for us. I’m so sorry He seems so boring to so many. He’s there, and I want HIM to be honored and worshiped. I guess they would say they are doing that, but I miss Mass the way it used to be when we didn’t try to impress people.
Thanks for listening,