Are you in England? Anywhere near London?
The great Fr. Finigan has posted on his mighty blog, The Hermeneutic of Continuity, the plans for the patronal feast of the parish, Our Lady of the Rosary. They will have a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary form on 7 October.
Fr. Finigan has an outstanding idea! He suggests bring non-Catholic friends.
Here are the plans:
Friday 7 October [8 PM] is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and therefore the patronal feast of my parish. We’ll be having High Mass at 8pm (as well as English Mass in the morning and school Mass in the afternoon.)
Cantores Missae will be singing the following:
Victoria: Missa Simile est Regnum
Guerrero: Sancta Maria
Byrd: Ave Verum
Schubert: Salve Regina
Do come along if you can. This year, I thought that I would try a new angle by encouraging people to bring non-Catholic friends to the Mass to hear beautiful music sung for the purpose for which it was composed (the worship of God) and in the setting for which it was composed (High Mass.)
You can gain a plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions) even for just visiting the Church on 7 October and reciting the Pater and Credo. This applies to any parish Church on its titular solemnity.
I have often suggested in preaching that people invite others to come to Mass and to confession. Non-Catholic friends, of course. But also fallen away Catholic friends.
His Hermeneuticalness has proposed a great idea. May I suggest to pastors of parishes and bishops of dioceses to do the same?
New Evangelization starts with small and personal moves.
Brick by brick.