Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday Mass Once A Month
One of the stipulations mentioned in Cardinal Arinze's letter to the Neocatechumenal Way on December 2005 is that the communities are to attend the Parish Mass once a month. According to the letter:
At least one Sunday per month, the communities of the Neocatechumenal Way must participate in the Holy Mass of the parish community.
Cardinal Arinze's letter
According to Kiko Arguello, a majority of the members in the communities already go to Sunday Mass once a month. Some communities even make a point not to celebrate Eucharist on one Saturday evening each month so that the brothers can attend the Parish Mass. There are also brothers I know who actually attend daily Mass including the Sunday Mass along with the Eucharist in the Way. I find that very admirable. It is unusual to see people attend Mass on a daily basis. However, there are also some brothers who are "fallen away" Catholics. They are still baptized Catholics but have not attended the Parish Mass in a very long time.
Having been away from the Parish Mass for so long, some of these "fallen away" Catholics find it difficult to suddenly go to the regular Sunday Mass. They appear more comfortable in the Neocatechumenal Way Mass despite that it is two hours long. This is where the members of the Way, the Catechists, and the Priest can encourage these brothers to start going to the Parish Sunday Mass once a month. After going to the Parish Mass once a month, they can feel more comfortable in attending the regular Parish Mass. Some of the brothers in the Way have also become more involved in the Church by becoming alter servers, lectors, choir members, and Eucharistic Ministers; therefore, these brothers sometimes attend regular Sunday Mass more than once a month. The brothers who already attend the Parish Mass on a daily basis is not a problem. They have actually gone beyond what the Pope required them to do.