As I write today, I’ve attended more than 25 Liturgies via a screen, the latest being the Triduum and Easter Sunday. As someone who can count on one hand the number of times I’ve missed Mass, in a Church, on a Sunday, this has been quite a strange season. I know most of you reading this are feeling the same attending Mass via live-stream. I’m so grateful for our priests and parishes who are working through the wobbliness and strangeness of this entire process. As our associate keeps saying, “It’s very strange to say Mass looking at an iPad.”
Even though we aren’t sure when we’ll be back at Mass, when the restrictions on gatherings larger than 10 have been lifted, what will we do? What happens next? How will we celebrate?
Now is the time to begin thinking about our plan. While we don’t have a date yet for this gathering, we can make a plan. So here are some ideas:
- Plan an after Mass gathering for all Masses with something as simple as punch and cookies or coffee and doughnuts.
- Have a Parish Potluck on Sunday afternoon following the final Mass in your schedule.
- Pull out all the stops for the first Liturgy back with music, incense, greeters, homily, etc. Make it a celebrate akin to Easter or Christmas to celebrate your community. Hopefully this reunion will happen during the Easter season so a plan for Pentecost or Corpus Christi (or both) would be great!
- Have a Eucharistic Procession around the parish grounds and neighborhood.
- Host a 40-hours Devotion (or 24 hours) in Thanksgiving for an end to the crisis!
- Plan a big youth ministry event to celebrate being together again! Bring the whole family in to celebrate!
Got other ideas? What’s your parish planning to do to celebrate?