From a reader:
Today at Mass, instead of a homily the priest invited a member of the
Parish Council to the podium to inform us that it would be helpful to
them if we’d fill out a survey regarding the parish finances.
Then the ushers proceeded to distribute the survey throughout the
church, fully expecting folks to fill it out right then and there. The
priest sat patiently while people filled out the surveys.
I was astonished and felt almost violated. This is a time of worship
and we’re going to stop to fill out a survey?
Was this really as great an afront as I take it to be or am I
overreacting here? I wanted to walk out of the church then and there
but my dear wife counseled more patience.
I think that sermon time should be for the sermon.
Yet, there are announcements during Mass also. There are times when news must be given, simple or important. Collections are taken up at Mass, sometimes more than once.
The sermon time should be for the sermon. But there are rare, hopefully, rare occasions when other business must be conducted. Parish finances are important, … at least if you want to continue to have a parish where you can worship.
But I agree… a survey would be a bit of a mood killer.
It would be a different matter if people would remain in large numbers after Mass for some of this stuff… but they don’t.