I've been told by our priest and the liturgy committee that variations in the liturgy are permitted – is that right?

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I belong to a parish that regularly skips various parts of the Mass, depending on the liturgical season. The parish priest and the liturgy committee says that the rubrics allow for these variations. Is that really so?


You are being sold a bill of goods. The Church does not allow such latitude regarding the liturgy. Ask them to show you documentation. They won’t be able to. I suggest that you read Mass Confusion by Jimmy Akin.
Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P.

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  1. Too much innovation. I once lived in a parish where the pastor routinely skipped the penitential prayer, and would cancel confessions, saying that the Sacrament of Penance is a “minor sacrament”. Do the red, pray the black.

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