Blindsided by Liturgical Dance (part 2)
He acknowledged that they should have posted something in the bulletin beforehand to warn (my words, not his) people who don't like liturgical dance.
He said they will post something in the future. Which is part of what I wanted.
Liturgical dance will continue, in part because the diocese allows it.
There will be times when I will not be able to take part in music ministry - either with the choir or with Rock of Faith - because there will be dance. That saddens me: Two of the last three times Rock of Faith provided music had dance, and so if I'd been warned I would not have been playing. How many more times will that happen? I don't know.
He did not want to discuss the issue itself.
Too bad. I had all sort of ideas bubbling around in my head.
One of the concerns at the parish is getting young people involved. A good thing.
One thing that would help is making the Masses more orthodox in general to help foster an environment of sacredness. Some of the things that could be done:
Have people kneel for the Consecration, as they are supposed to. Our parish has adopted the bad liturgical practice of standing throughout.
Stop the practice of having children come up to surround the altar and hold hands for the Our Father.
Begin to teach people about behavior and dress at Mass. Show up on time. Stay until the end. Don't eat, drink or chew gum during Mass. Don't wear gym shorts and tee shirts to Mass. Don't wear revealing clothing. Don't carry on conversations with other people during the Mass.
Tell one of the retired priests who assists at the parish to stop using his homilies to criticize the Vatican, to promote women's ordination, and to misrepresent Church teachings and statements.
Just those few changes would help to show young people Church is more than just a social time, that it has a deep, spiritual dimension.
As for Youth ministry:
Begin to include more elements of prayer, like Benediction and Eucharistic Adoration, in activities.
Have the young people participate as a group in such events as the March for Life in Washington, or the Stations of the Cross in Reparation for Abortion here in Rochester on Good Fridays. Have them help in the food pantry.
Start a youth choir.
Start Scout troups, or, even better, some Catholic equivalent of Scouting.
Reach out the St. John Bosco School to see if they would be interested in renting the school building (and bring in some orthodox Catholic education!).
Start a regularly scheduled young adult/teen Mass. Have Rock of Faith provide the music. Get youths and young adults to become the lectors, Eucharistic ministers, etc.
Plan regular movie nights featuring Catholic films (coupled with prayer).
Have Catholic-oriented concerts and theater events.
Invite dynamic orthodox youth-oriented speakers and musicians - or go as a group when other parishes have such people.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
We do a lot at the parish, but we could do more.
Dancing is not the answer. And what will they do in a couple of years if a new bishop comes in and starts phasing out such activities?