For your Brick by Brick file.
I have often suggested that you, dear readers, invite people to come to Mass with you. Be inviting. People like to be invited, even if they don’t accept. And you never know what will happen! In another post I mentioned that Fr. Tim Finigan, the mighty p.p. of Our Lady of the Rosary in Blackfen, the Supremo of English priest-bloggers, for the parish’s patronal feast suggested that people invite guests to come to the High Mass. I think it might have worked. Fr. Finigan told me that it was a large congregation that evening and there were faces he didn’t usually see at TLMs. Wonderful.
On that note, this comes from a reader:
From a reader:
I just wanted to let you know that you’re right about inviting people to the TLM, and that it might take more than one invite. Persistence is key!
My parents are visiting for the weekend and my mom decided she was coming with me, but my dad, who only goes to Mass on Christmas, after much persuasion is now coming too! I had to ask about four times (first he “doesn’t do that sort of thing”, then he had stuff he had to get done, and then he tried the nothing to wear excuse) until I got to, “what time does it start?”
So now both my parents are joining me for the TLM tomorrow. Hopefully it will go okay. Please say a prayer for me. Things didn’t get off to the greatest start when they got here last night and learned that I observe the Friday fasting and abstinence here.
Remember… this also applies to inviting fallen-away Catholics to any Mass and to go to confession as well… or some event at the parish…or … well… you get it.