Implementing the Missal: Snapshot 1

I heard from a ministry colleague that once the new Missal becomes official, her pastor will dispose of all the hymnals in her parish. A lot of questions come to mind on this one.

First, how many Catholics pay attention to the Order of Mass in their hymnals? I can tell you that very very few of my parishioners have ever consulted the hymnal. Many don’t even know the Order of Mass is in there. Is there really a problem with having the old text tucked away in there if the people have access to the new?

Second, parishioners might be attached to the hymnals in one of two ways. First, they may really like them. Or second, they may care less for them, but for the fact they recently shelled out significant dollars to buy them. GIA usually touts their hymnals will pay for themselves in five years. Plus there are people who may have made special donations for hymnals.

I can imagine that if a parish is likely to have negative experiences with the new Missal, it might be over the loss of something like this. I can tell you I’ll be treading very, very lightly in the pastoral department when we implement. Give people a chance to vent. Give them an opportunity to question, complain, and resist. I don’t know that I’d want to be stirring the pot with additional changes. It’s probably one reason why our parish will delay for a few years choosing, learning, and implementing a plainsong Mass setting. Too much “turning back the clock” isn’t a good idea for our community.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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4 Responses to Implementing the Missal: Snapshot 1

  1. once the new Missal becomes official, her pastor will dispose of all the hymnals in her parish.

    Why?! What good does that serve? Until the new translation is actually USED, the Order of Mass in those hymnals is fine; and wouldn’t the hymnals printed to coincide with the USE of the new translation have the proper Order of Mass?

    Seems like an over-reaction on the part of the pastor.

  2. Jimmy Mac says:

    A Finance Council with backbone needs to have a chat with this guy. It is, after all, the PARISH’S money that is being thrown away, not the pastor’s.

  3. Liam says:

    Good stewardship would seem to advise simply providing an additional source for the order of worship and settings of the Ordinary.

  4. Tony says:

    Since I sing in the choir, and I have a hymnal with all the readings in it, those are the ones I use weekly.

    As far as disposing of them, they’re $22 apeice and about a year old, so I’ll just listen until I have an opportunity to buy a replacement.

    Here’s one advantage of the Latin mass, no translation issues. :)

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