I have ALWAYS asked my pastors to say … what I refer to as … a “narrated Mass”.
It’s a real Mass … but every few seconds, they explain what they are doing and why.
Little things … what we used to call the “lavabo” … the washing of the hands of the priest.
… an explanation of "Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof … " … These were the words of the Roman Centurion … a pagan soldier/commander … who had MORE FAITH in Jesus than anyone else HE ever encountered … they tried to change it and abolish it … took 50 years but we finally got it back.
Who picks the daily readings? [Actually, I found a book in a drawer in the sacristy … and these are from the BIBLE … and the diocese publishes the list of what readings are read on which date.]
AND there are optional readings.
I used to LOVE to “pick fights” with the priest over the readings of the day … not really fights. But I always preferred the optional readings.
Sometimes, the optional readings were favorites of the Saint of the DAY.
I always LOVED the saint of the DAY.
Sometimes, a guest or visiting priest didn’t show up. So I would get a call and they would ask me if I was ok to do a Communion Service.
And I got to pick the readings.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are not allowed to deliver a homily or sermon, but you could offer a “reflection”, so I would wave the diocesan book … and just talk about the “Saint of the Day”.
The pastors need to explain all of this stuff.
One of my friends said that Catholics pick up Catholic teachings by “osmosis”, where as, as one of our work mates said, in India, the Hindu’s STUDY religion.