This week Monsignor Manners is stumped. Mrs. Fenner is of no help, I cannot find anything in my books, and I've even written to Miss Manners who no longer personally responds to letters because of the high volume of requests she receives and so suggests that we keep an eye out in the paper should she be able to respond. So I though I would turn to you and see if you have any idea on this fine point of invitations.
When it comes to invitations it seems that no matter how much my resources may vary on details, they all agree on one thing: Someone must do the inviting. But what if that person is a juridical person such as a parish? For example, "we" will soon be having the dedicatory blessing and concert of our organ and wish to specifically invite certain persons who have given to the project. So who invites them? Does, "The Parish of Saint Sebastian" invite the persons who make up the Parish of Saint Sebastian to St. Sebastian Parish? (This is why I do not like people standing up at the beginning of Mass and saying "Welcome to St. Sebastian" or "Please join us for . . ." who is welcoming whom? Is this not their home just as much as it is yours? Who is saying "Please join us?" Who is the "us"? A privileged inner circle?)
Perhaps I am too sensitive on this matter. Perhaps it is de rigueur for a juridical person to invite the people it represents to an affair that the juridical person is hosting. Anyway, I am waisting too much time on this. What is your thoughts on the matter? You input would be helpful.