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.