From a reader…
Back before Vatican II, and even in the years following Vatican II, daily Mass at most parishes, if not all, (it seems, according family members, and reading the lives of the saints) was early in the morning (ie: around 5:00-6:30 am; I have heard of places with TWO early morning Masses each day). Now it seems daily Mass is held at times when most people are either at work or school and can’t get to daily Mass. [...]
I have brought this up to our priest who agrees that it would be a good idea, but when he brings it up to those who attend daily Mass, he is met with opposition from the home-schooling families (we are a Latin Mass community) who insist that it would be “too early” to get their kids out of bed to attend Mass. Personally, I think this is laziness and a lack of discipline, and should not be an excuse to have daily Mass later in the day. When I talk to people from our community who can’t attend daily Mass due to work and school, they say they would attend Mass daily if it was early enough in the morning that they could still get to work on time.
As a priest yourself, what would you suggest is trying to go about reviving early morning daily Masses?
I think that if people were to express an interest in early morning Masses, priests would schedule early morning Masses. But there would have to be some interest.
Ask the parish priest!
If Father already has a Mass or two, he isn’t likely to jump at the chance to say a second or a third (reversing the chronology) at, say, 5:30 a.m.
So, here is a little poll. Something like this might be done in a parish.
Pick your best answer. Yes, I know there could be other answers but these are the answers you get. The combox is open.