Your Sunday Sermon Notes – All Saints 2020 – POLL: Did the Election come up during homily?

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday, either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was. Also, are your churches opening up? What was attendance like?

For my part…

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In the ALL SAINTS 2020 - Sunday obligation Mass I attended or viewed, the ELECTION was mentioned.

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  1. Charivari Rob says:

    I answered “yes/general (novus ordo)” since that was closest, but it was really somewhere between the yes options.
    Solid homily, more on saints, sainthood, and the call to sainthood. Cautions on the destructiveness of the current political/social environment, calls for prayers for our country. The intercessions Father chose for later in the Mass had the explicit Right To Life mention.

  2. acardnal says:

    Father spoke about the importance of becoming a saint. Voting guidance was last Sunday.

  3. Charivari Rob says:

    P.S. – A good mention was in my old hometown parish – Pastor announced (at the end of last week) special Adoration for the intention of Election Day. They have had (pretty much) perpetual Adoration for over 20 years, but promoting/inviting special opportunity 25 hours to pray for the Nation – 8 PM Monday to polls closing at 9 PM Tuesday.

  4. Josephus Corvus says:

    Since the title of this blog post asked if the election came up in the homily, I answered “no”. However, it was brought up in the Prayer of the Faithful (N.O., obviously). Unfortunately, it was done in a very vague on the order of “that the voters select candidates who govern according to God’s laws….” It could easily be interpreted as the Enemy would want.

  5. benedetta says:

    Eastern — the Gospel reading was on the exorcism of the Gerasene demoniac. We didn’t have a homily on voting today, however, a couple weeks ago we had a pointed and fully prolife homily.

  6. Cecelia1 says:

    Came up last week (TLM) in language that could not be more clear and in keeping with Catholic teaching.

  7. I went to N.O. Saturday evening, TLM Sunday evening.

    At the N.O., the priest encouraged everyone to do their civic duty and vote their informed, Catholic conscience, but wasn’t specific beyond that.

    At TLM the priest basically told us to vote for Trump because of abortion.

    The last time I heard a priest speak so directly as the latter in person was about four years ago when I heard a Franciscan say he thought Pres Obama was “doing a good job.” I have almost never heard a priest directly support or reject a specific politician other than today and the priest four years ago for Obama.

  8. Rob83 says:

    It was mentioned to go out and vote. Of note, there will be adoration throughout the day on Tuesday.

  9. hwriggles4 says:

    Being All Saints Day, the parochial vicar (who is fairly young, about 30) explained how many of the saints experienced the challenges that are in the beatitudes, which was the Gospel reading. The majority of the saints were not “perfect” and had struggles in their lives. I also appreciated that the priest did the Roman Canon.

    For what it’s worth, I also noticed more people at tonight’s Sunday evening Mass. While part of it may have been due to the time change, I think this Mass was about at the dictated capacity of 250.

  10. OssaSola says:

    At our TLM, voting did not come up. But the recent Islamic beheadings in France did.
    Our attendance is growing weekly, and the Bishop will attend our All Souls’ TLM (with catafalque!) for the first time. Ours is the only TLM in the diocese, so it’s a big deal.

  11. Philmont237 says:

    It did not come up as part of the homily at my TLM parish, but during the announcements before Mass our priest spoke for several minutes about it. He basically said, without using the names of either candidates or political parties, that voting for a Democrat is a mortal sin. I applaud him for that.

  12. jeb0001 says:

    It did not come up today, but the topic of martyrdom did on account of Nice and the topic of shutdowns did. Fr. talked about the new martyrs and how they had been told by their culture and their society not to go to Mass. If you go, they say, you’ll catch this disease and die. Well, they went to Mass anyway and died, not from the virus but out of hatred of the faith. But in their deaths, it was not society that was vindicated, and not the terrorist, but Christ because their martyrdom ensured that they joined the chorus of saints in heaven. He mentioned how it’s become dangerous to be Catholic in this day because 47 churches have been burned or vandalized in the last three months and priests have been beaten in their own churches. But we should not be afraid. If the world tells us to shut down, if the world attacks us, if they kill us, bring it. We’ve survived worse and we will be vindicated in our suffering. It was a very good homily.

  13. mcferran says:

    What election? There’s no upcoming election in Canada (although we did have two provincial elections in the past ten days).

  14. bartlep says:

    No, nothing on the election. But, an incredible homily on the Last Things, which I have never heard so well stated in a homily. Hell (gasp!!) was not only mentioned, but described. We prayed the Litany of the saints.

    This priest speaks frequently of abortion and frequently prays for our President and Congress. He is very orthodox and politically conservative. He defies our bishop’s command to only distribute Communion in the hand…

  15. TonyO says:

    Voting did not come up today, but last week the pastor spoke on it, NO Mass. He was quite clear on the pro-life issues.

    I was impressed with the sermon in this youtube:

  16. zag4christ says:

    Today’s Solemnity at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes was celebrated by Bishop Thomas Daly, and the homily was given by the rector Fr. Darren Connall.
    He spoke about moral relativism and the evils it produces. He did not speak directly to the election, but anyone listening knew where he was coming from and where we are all going if the pseudo-Catholic gets in office.
    Fr. Connall and Bishop Daly have been in the forefront in returning the Sacraments to their flock. We went from a total shutdown, to Confessions being offered (I had mine heard on the front sidewalk at the Cathedral), to offering Mass with prior registration so as to limit and record who attended, which lasted for one Mass, to now having Mass on Saturday evening, three Mass’s on Sunday, noon Mass during the week, all with social distancing and it is requested to wear a mask. Receiving the Blessed Sacrament on the tongue is allowed, but those who do are requested to come up last, so the priest or bishop can cleanse their hands between recipients unless it is a family. We are having marriages, baptisms, and today, on All Saints Day, a young woman was confirmed by the bishop during Mass.
    Bishop Daly, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, declared a year dedicated to the Eucharist. I don’t know what is exactly happening , but when I go to Saturday Confession, where there used to be the same old small group of sinners appearing weekly, it is now “you had better get there early or you will be there for awhile”, which is good, because now the Eucharist is being exposed, and many people waiting for Confession are kneeling and facing the Monstrance. Fr. Connall is now emphasizing all the Saints who were particularly devoted to the Eucharist. Today’s Saint was St. Cyril of Jerusalem. He also encouraged all the children to come to Mass dressed as their favorite or patron saint. I actually saw a three foot tall St. Francis of Assisi this morning. And, now, under the promotion of Fr. Connall, and the enthusiastic approval of Bishop Daly, we have a new Catholic high school, the Chesterton Academy of Notre Dame.

    We have good shepherds here. We are blest.

    Peace and God bless, and thank you Fr. Z for all that you do.

  17. Cicero_NOLA says:

    I put “vague or neutral — TLM.” The only mention of the election today was the announcement for tomorrow evening’s high-low-low Masses, holy hour, rosary, divine mercy chaplet, and confessions for “a good outcome for the elections.” Last week, our pastor was extremely clear about the election, saying something along the lines of: ‘if you care about the Christian moral order and the liberty of the Church, you should vote for Trump.’

  18. Nighthawk says:

    Ordinariate Form. I do not remember any substantial discourse concerning the election. However, the church’s high altar was literally ransacked and partially damaged in the night on Sunday last, so that appropriately was the basis of the sermon.

    Father thus centered his sermon on those events, emphasizing the beauty of the Resurrection (and thus the salvation of the saints) necessarily coming out of the ugliness of Our Lord’s Passion as well as the juxtaposition of the beauty of holiness found both in the saints and in the Faith with the ugliness wrought by sin. The [martyred] saints, depicted in stained glass and statuary (which were largely untouched in the church) are oft depicted with the implements of their death as a reminder of beauty of God triumphing over the trials and tribulations of this world. In the end, when confronted with the life of Christ and the beauty of the Gospel, we have two choices: to be convicted and converted or to lash out against it. And, we need to ask our brethren to pray for us when we fail to live out the Gospel and pray for those who do likewise (with the example of the first Mass post-wreckage being a votive for the sick for the drug-addicted man who wrought that wrecking).

  19. JonPatrick says:

    Election did not come up during our Novus Ordo homily but it had been mentioned in past homilies noting the importance of voting pro life.

    This being All Saints Day, the homily laid out the division of the Church into Church Militant (us here on earth), Church Triumphant (the saints in heaven), and Church Suffering (those destined for heaven but undergoing purification in purgatory). The souls in purgatory cannot help themselves but we can by praying for them. Of course the most perfect prayer we can offer is to have a Mass said for their intention. One note about the Mass itself is that the Roman Canon (EP1) was used for the first time in a while in our parish.

  20. KatieP says:

    Just mentioned somewhat vaguely, but a week or two ago the entire homily was given to a strong statement of pro-life, pro-Trump (without saying his name), and even pro-voting (our priest argued that to not vote or to vote third party in this election would be problematic, we are in PA). TLM.

  21. NOCatholic says:

    At my parish NO Mass, there was just a passing reference to the election. Arguably, there should have been more stress on our duty as Catholics from the pulpit. (Mostly Father spoke about the All Saints solemnity).

    But it must be said, our Catholic duty extends beyond examining where the candidates stand on any one issue. There is an underlying criterion, normally understood and in most years not a factor in Presidential elections: The candidate has to be fit for the office sought — the office of President of the United States. That criterion has been called into sharp question — for both major party candidates for President. That makes the decision of whom to vote for, a much more difficult prudential decision.

  22. Kate says:

    Our priest said nary a word about the election. However, the homily was based on the martyrs of the 20th century, so I was left with a very distinct feeling that, yes, the homily was about the election.

  23. WVC says:

    @NOCatholic – “But it must be said. . . ” – and boy have you said it, many, many times. In fact, you don’t seem to let an opportunity pass without trying to convince people they should question their support for Trump. However, just because it’s difficult for you doesn’t mean it’s actually a difficult prudential decision. Your insistence that you hold special knowledge both on what makes a person fit for office as well as Trump’s special and impossible to articulate problems that make him unfit for any office does complicate things for you, but don’t assume such scrupulosity automatically extends to everyone else.

    By analogy, just because so many pro-abortion Catholic politicians claim they support Roe v. Wade because that’s what their conscience tells them is right doesn’t make their decision valid, their struggle admirable, or their conclusion worth repeating on comment threads in public over and over and over as if in some serious attempt to find moral vindication.

  24. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Nighthawk, I was sorry to hear about that, and surprised it was not reported more. Amazing that they got the church ready for Mass again so quickly

  25. Gregg the Obscure says:

    no, NO (the most common answer)

    1 homily was shortened to accommodate the annual seminary appeal;
    2 the state ballot initiative to prohibit very late term abortions and the non-negotiability of voting pro-life in general has been mentioned in homilies and announcements in each of the previous three weeks as well as in the bulletin;
    3 given how early ballots were distributed, i expect most eligible voters in attendance had already voted, as i did on October 24

    was sad to see that the city has tightened the screws again. we had a capacity of 175 for each Mass for the past month or two, but now it’s back down to 50 as it was in May and June. it looked like we were either exactly at or within a whisker of that number.

  26. mo7 says:

    Father mentioned t TLM voting consistently with teaching on sanctity of life, religious freedom etc. It was as if he felt he didnt have to say a lot. Like a quick mention was ’nuff said. I think in that setting it was enough.

  27. acardnal says:

    Audio level was weak on your video of Mass.

  28. Bev says:

    My priest preached in very clear terms that it is a mortal sin to vote for Joe Biden. He followed-up, “Not that any of you were thinking of doing so.” I love my parish!

  29. WVC says:

    Sadly, in our Diocese they put the “Compare the Candidates” insert provided by some Virginia Catholic organization. It was disgusting for how brazenly it tried to make false equivalence arguments for both candidates by including “Death Penalty” and “Racial Equity” and other such topics as primary comparison points. (funny, “Religious Liberty” gets booted to the end and downplayed, and “Supports Rioting and Looting”, “Has Personal Corruption Ties with Foreign Countries”, and “Supports a Communist Takeover of the Country” didn’t show up anywhere)

    But, then, at this point Virginia is a lost cause – just looking at the county-by-county vote results you can see the bright blue blob of D.C. oozing its way south, taking over more counties each time, as it goes to unite with Richmond and then consolidate eastward to the Hampton Roads area. How much longer before Virginia is as bad as New York and California and Maryland? Probably no more than four years. Meanwhile, to nobody’s surprise, all the liberal Northern counties report way more than 100% registered voter participation. How could that be? Just a mystery, I’m sure.

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