Do you have some friends who are a little skeptical about the 'smells and bells'? Does being a 'rad trad' sometimes alienate you at social functions? Would you like to find a good way to bring your everyday parish Catholic to experience at lease once the Tridentine Mass?
Then tell them the Homily will be about dating.
For a few months now, I've been going to Latin Mass on Sundays. The Latin Mass community in Brisbane is not massive, but there are a lot of great people who are faithful to the Traditional Mass. I love how reverent the congregation is at Latin Mass. I also love that there is always about five kids screaming their little lungs out. There are about 30 kids and their big Catholic families who attend Mass, and seriously – how could your heart not melt when you see a three-year-old genuflect?
Anyway, our community chaplain has been away for a month and his replacement is a wonderful Priest from Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, a Clerical Socieity whose main apostolate is to uphold the Traditional Mass. This FSSP gave a talk two weeks ago on marriage. During question time, somebody asked if he could give some advice about dating, but Father said he could not divulge such advice on account of it being the theme for his Homily in a couple of weeks.
Yesterday was, in my mind, a couple of weeks later.
So I updated my Facebook status with: "Hold on to your mantilla ladies – Fr ——- FSSP is giving a Homily on dating at Latin Mass today."
And it worked! There were people at Latin Mass who never come, but they heard there would be a Homily on dating and they wanted to hear it.
So that's it folks. If you're a rad trad, and you need a way to make the smells and bells relatable, just say the Priest is going to give some advice about dating.
It doesn't matter that when they turn up, ready to learn about dating, the Priest actually gives a Homily on forgiveness (which is part of dating, but he was not referring to forgiving boyfriends and girlfriends).
Father is actually going to give a Homily on dating…next week. Which is actually perfect because not only did irregular Latin Mass people come once, they'll have to come again.
I'll be sure to post about the dating Homily here next week, just for you BF folk.