Here is Bulletin Bulletin_2014-12-21.
This post is very short for one very important reason. It is Advent, and my wife and I need this time together to prepare ourselves during this last week of penitential expectation. To the many of you who support and assist in this blog, to all of the Sheep in Exile, to all in the flock of St. Peter’s, be certain that you are in our prayers and may you have a holy and merry Christmas.
Analysis and Commentary:
1. Bulletin: This week’s bulletin is mute on two points – Cursillo and the Pastoral Council.
Cursillo: Perhaps Father has no more to say about this topic. History and common sense tell me otherwise.
Pastoral Council: For weeks, Father has been asking us us to see the “meeting minutes from the last meeting (Oct. 7)” of the Pastoral Council. In point of fact, the last Pastoral Council meeting was December 2nd. As of this evening, the minutes for that meeting have not been posted on the parish Website. Why?
2. Gloria: At the 8:30AM Mass today, the choir sang the Gloria. I am not a liturgist. I have no special training or credentials. Consequently, whatever I say here is subject to correction. What little I know concerning the Gloria comes from Chapter II: The Structure of the Mass, Its Elements, and Its Parts of the General Instruction Of the Roman Missal:
53. The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is a most ancient and venerable hymn by which the Church, gathered in the Holy Spirit, glorifies and entreats God the Father and the Lamb. The text of this hymn may not be replaced by any other. It is intoned by the Priest or, if appropriate, by a cantor or by the choir; but it is sung either by everyone together, or by the people alternately with the choir, or by the choir alone. If not sung, it is to be recited either by everybody together or by two choirs responding one to the other.
It is sung or said on Sundays outside Advent and Lent, and also on Solemnities and Feasts, and at particular celebrations of a more solemn character.
The singing of the Gloria today almost certainly was a mistake, one of those little things that just happens. Nevertheless, it is a distraction and it upsets the mood that is meant to be part of Advent. We can hope that the primary liturgist of the parish (the Pastor) would ensure that, those who assist in the liturgy (choir, lectors, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, etc.), would be instructed beforehand concerning what is expected at each Mass.
3. Christmas Mass Schedule: It is unfortunate that the Sheep in Exile must attend Mass at other parishes. It is unfortunate and it is thoroughly understandable. Already I have been asked by some for the schedule of Christmas Masses at St. John the Baptist. For those of you who might have the same question, here is the St. John the Baptist Christmas Mass Schedule.