Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Liturgy Files: When to do Announcements

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Part of my job is to answer email (I receive and send at least 50 emails a day....sheesh!). Some of these emails are simple Q&A. In these Liturgy Files, I'll share some of the most helpful Q&As.

Q: During Mass, when is the most appropriate time to give announcements?

A: The most appropriate time for announcements during the Mass would be after the Prayer After Communion and before the final blessing of the Mass. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, #90 indicates that the Concluding Rites of the Mass include brief announcements if necessary.

Announcements may also be given before Mass begins, that is, before the opening song. Some places make brief announcements before the Preparation of Gifts, but I find that this is not appropriate. Whenever announcements are made, they should always be brief. They never work no matter when in the Mass if they are too long or too many.

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