I noticed in my old Kansas City parish has cranked their Christmas Eve schedule a few hours: 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm rather than 3:30-6-8. There used to be much competition in the old days, they told me, of parishes trying to get an earlier Christmas Eve and thus a more-attended and better-collected result.
Reports are out there that megachurches are anticipating Christmas Eve with services on the 23rd. Where does it all end?
Maybe in an ideal Catholic parish, there would be the Four Masses: Vigil (a real vigil), Midnight, Dawn, and Day. If we offered that at my current parish, the ratios would be about 65, then 17, then 3, then 15. I suspect yours might be similar if you are a Midwestern American.
Sit in the purple chair and render judgment. Like me, you can’t order people to distribute evenly with 25% each at the four Masses of the Roman Missal. But how would you order your Christmas schedule. And why?