Friday, November 21, 2008

Blind Squirrel Meets Nut: Liturgy Makes a Difference

Terry Berres found this...

It's good liturgy that keeps people coming back.--Rev. Alan Jurkus, September 12, 2007

(It's up to you to determine the proper placement of "blind squirrel" and "nut" as applied to the above quote...)

Anyhoo,

It's a startling development not because declining Mass attendance is news. What's startling is liturgists discussing it...the decline apparently has reached the point where even parish liturgists had to consider the possibility that their jobs were connected in some way to parishioners in the pews

There's a parish which had a vibrant, faithful, "say the black, do the red" Mass on Sundays; it attracted a large crowd (400 or so every week) from all across the Archdiocese.

Recently, the maxim "say the black, do the red" has been abrogated by a new pastor. Attendance is now crashing, and the financial situation got nasty LONG before the nukes hit Wall Street.

Not only is it in the newspaper; it's also true!

3 comments:

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

As my math equation states: NO - Liturgical Abuses- new catechesis = reverent and edifying

Andy K. said...

This parish isnt a parish near Mitchell Street is it?...

If it is, my weekend was just ruined. I love that parish, and it's a shame to hear that has happened.... :(

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, the Church down the street is more than willing to take those that lost their Mass.