From a reader…
For those in the lay apostolate that committed to go to daily Mass: is it better to go to a daily Mass full of violations of rubrics that maybe even exhibits a different understanding of what the Mass truly is; or is it better to avoid those Masses and attend less frequently, and seek out a more reverent Mass? Only in regards to daily Mass.
This question would best be directed to the superior or chaplain of that lay apostolate. The charism of the apostolate potentially has some impact on the matter. The superiors are in the best position to provide direction.
For those asking this question without a specific commitment, concerning daily Mass, everyone should remember that, while attendance at daily Mass is A Good And Fruitful Thing™, for most it is not an obligation. One need not feel guilty for skipping Mass on Tuesday.
Say Fr. Bruce Hugalot at “Sing A New Faith Community Into Being Faith Community” over in the Diocese of Libville, who preaches in a sing song voice and always wears the same “Children of the World” stole regardless of the feast day, is always scheduled for Mass – ooops – “liturgy” on Thursdays. On Thursdays one need not subject herself to the tension headache which will inevitably result.
However, unless Fr. “Just call me ‘Bruce'” egregiously violates the rubrics or attempts the consecration of Cheerios and Zima, it may be beneficial to one’s soul to attend the valid celebration of the Holy Mass and, while there, do his level best to keep his nose in the missal and to ignore the irritating externals.
A lot will depend on up with how much one is willing to put.
Keep in mind that no matter how beautiful it is to be able to hear the Holy Mass read each day, for most of the faithful, there is no obligation to do so.
Pray for those priests who offer Mass sloppily, or regularly violate the rubrics, either out of carelessness or willfulness. Pray for those in places who have few alternatives other than slipshod Masses with heterodox homilies. A petition which may be offered during Masses such as these, coined, or at least popularized by the late Fr. John Buchanan at afternoon Masses at St. Agnes many years ago,…
“Let us pray for this unfortunate archdiocese, that it may soon be returned to obedience, orthodoxy, sanctity and sanity.”