GILM 81: Choice of Alternate Texts

81. When a choice is allowed between alternative texts, whether they are fixed or optional, the first consideration must be the best interest of those taking part. It may be a matter of using the easier texts or the one more relevant to the assembled congregation or, as pastoral advantage may suggest, of repeating or replacing a text that is assigned as proper to one celebration and optional to another.
The issue may arise when it is feared that some text will create difficulties for a particular congregation or when the same text would have to be repeated within a few days, as on a Sunday and on a day during the week following. 

 

This last point could arise two or three times a year. The overall guiding principle would be to ask what advances the community in holiness,

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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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