The pastor entered the church as he did every Sunday and, after reaching the altar, bowed and walked to the pulpit.
My brothers and sisters in Christ.
I welcome you to the Easter Mass at our church.
Our church is crowded today as there are many people here that I have not seen in many months.
I suspect that you are all very busy with your daily lives but have taken time from your busy lives to attend the Easter Mass here today.
I am glad to see such a crowded church.
We have made a few changes that will make your attendance here today more enjoyable…
- First, we will be distributing Holy Communion now so I ask all Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to come forward. We do this so that those of you amongst us that feel the need to leave church after Communion can do so. It will obviously make it more comfortable for the remaining parishioners to sit with at least 33% of the church being vacant after Communion.
- Collection baskets have been placed at the entrances of the church. We ask that you be generous when you leave. Next to the collection baskets, we have also placed trash barrels where we again ask you to leave your water bottles, magazines, and any other material that you have brought to Mass. Our ushers really appreciate this as it takes at least 20 minutes after Mass to clean the pews of discarded items.
- We will then take a ten minute break while the standing parishioners seat themselves in the pews vacated by the early departures.
Then, the pastor turned and stepped down from the pulpit, walked over to the altar, and assisted the Extraordinary Ministers of Communion as they prepared the wine and bread for distribution to the congregation.
Would you be shocked if this happened in your parish? I doubt it.
While I am always glad to see Catholics return to the Church on Christmas and Easter, it also disturbs me to see the total irreverence displayed by these same Catholics as they gather their hats and coats for Holy Communion and head for the exits after receiving the Body and Blood of Christ.
Could this order of Mass be the coming thing for your parish?