This morning, before celebration of Low Mass in the Usus Antiquior, it fell to me to introduce a video from the Diocese of Madison about the Annual Catholic Appeal.
Since last night I ran into the Bishop, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert Morlino, I put to him the suggestion that, for the Extraordinary Form, we have the video before Mass rather than at sermon time. I had in mind Universae Ecclesiae. He, and the rector of the cathedral, agreed that that would be fine. This way people could get their heads back into Mass.
In the older form of the Roman Rite we do weddings before the Mass begins, though I am not suggesting an equivalence.
So, after a few words from the pulpit, we started the video at the time Mass was to begin. Afterward, still before Mass, I gave an explanation of how to participate in the appeal.
I also read the readings in English at the ambo, and I gave a short sermon in which I asked people to continue to pray for Benedict XVI, reminded people about the “company of bad friends”, and spoke about spiritual warfare, demonic influences, and warned about the use of anything “occult” at anytime in life (which should be confessed).
We all have to be patient with these appeals and, what I think is a trend, the videos and pledges on Sundays. (Before Mass seems a better time – though there are always stragglers coming in.)
Having a Church where you live costs money. Some dioceses have bloated bureaucracies. Some dioceses have had lots of court cases that required payouts, which makes it hard to get motivated to give. But, if we want a parish and a diocese, we have to pay for them. Given human nature, your priests and bishops have to ask for money. This is also why I ask for money here!
That said, the video we had this morning is on YouTube. You might be interested in some of the images, especially of the liturgical moments. You can see what Bp. Morlino is working on with the clergy and people of the diocese, especially about liturgical renewal. There are also great points about the number of seminarians for the diocese. All in all, in my opinion and keeping in mind that it is to be shown in parishes that still have a way to go to rediscover greater “continuity”, the video is well done.
BTW… during the Year of Faith, Bp. Morlino has the diocese focusing on “Beauty”. And I think that is the Diocesan Choir.
Some of you might not know how to fulfill your obligation to support the Church materially. Here is a link to a page on the site of the Diocese of Madison where you can contribute to help seminarians.
In the meantime, here is a poll.
Remember: BE PRACTICAL. It might be your preference not to have any pitch made in church. But we all know it has to be this way. So, given that these pitches are made at Mass time and in church …