...to Catholic teachers, parish priests, or simply to active lay Catholics, there is unanimity on one particular subject - a great disappointment about the Bishops' current abolition of Holy Days. Moving a feast day to the nearest Sunday just doesn't work. The feast gets effectively lost - it all just feels like a Sunday Mass. .Schools, in particular, now miss out. They have been robbed of opportunities to celebrate together, teach the children about the particular feast, have a glorious Mass with special music prepared by the choir etc, and enjoy some special treat to mark the day. The Bishops' scheme has made it just that bit harder to bring the calendar alive for children - and show us all that being a Catholic isn't "just for Sundays".
Time for a re-think. There is no shame in announcing that an experiment has been tried and a fresh decision made in the light of its experience.