Thursday, April 28, 2016

Catholic or Pentecostal?

I stumbled onto this ad via a couple of Boston area organist friends from Facebook a while back.  I've been meaning to post on it.

Unfortunately, this is a real ad from the website of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Obviously, this is a "collaborative" of two Catholic parishes ("Collaboratives" seem to be big in the Boston archdiocese these days).  But seriously?  A "worship team"?  Are the powers to be at this "collaborative" seeking for said "collaborative" to remain Catholic, or are they turning Pentecostal on us?  (Nothing against the Pentecostals as people, but they have their way of worship, we Catholics have ours, which is totally different.)

"...working together to reinvigorate our Church and faith community by reaching out to those who have become disconnected from the Church..."

Really?  So you have to resort to a "worship team" and so-called "praise and worship music" to reconnect the disconnected?  Sounds so much like a Pentecostal church I used to make deliveries to in my FedEx Ground days.  For awhile, the Pentecostal church in question described themselves as "A church for those who don't do church!"

It's been proven time and time again that you don't need sacro-pop, worship rock, or hootenanny music to bring the kids into the Church.  Living proof: St. Paul's (Cambridge), St. Adelaide's (Peabody), and St. Brendan's (Bellingham) (all three from the same archdiocese, mind you).  We can even include St. Clement's Eucharistic Shrine (in the city of Boston, right near Berklee and Boston Conservatory). Same goes for trying to bring back those who have strayed.  You don't need Pentecostal styles of worship in Catholic liturgy to find the lost.  You just need to teach them how to "do Church" according to the Church.  This includes how to worship, and how to actually practice the Faith.

Let me close this by directing you to this article by Jason Pennington (which later was published in CanticaNOVA's website), reminding the powers that be that "pastoral" isn't giving people what they want, but giving them what they need.  The article is a decade old now, but still stands true today!

We're always saying that if a Catholic college or university wants to maintain a Catholic identity, it should actually act Catholic.  If a parish or "collaborative" wishes to identify as Catholic, they should act Catholic, not Pentecostal.

Save the liturgy, save the world!

Quod scripsi, scripsi!

Post-scriptum: No, I am not looking to make a move.  My feet remain firmly planted at Sacred Heart!

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