Saturday can be a sore spot for some parishes and their liturgies. Some clergy do not offer a regular Mass on this day. I’ve been in parishes where everyday Massgoers celebrate on Saturday night instead, returning the next day for the same readings, music, and even a homily.
Elsewhere on the Saturday front, obligatory holy days often lose what little energy the Church offers on special observances. Days like today slip even deeper into a non-celebratory void. When I’ve pressed clergy on celebrating All Saints on Saturday, I haven’t always been persuasive enough.
The Presentation Feast lies just a bit behind the obligatory holy day: important enough to bump an ordinary Sunday’s readings and prayers, yet not vital enough to “compel” mandatory attendance. My own sense is that these observances deserve a full celebration as if they were obligatory.
If there’s to be a sense of recovery of these days in the Catholic imagination, days like this will need more than a church full of candles and music stuffed from entrance to sending. Parties would be a good start–even Saturday morning pastries and drinks if nothing else.