One may plan all one wants to but in the end what will happen will happen. Don't get me wrong, Christmas at St. Sebastian went well and I think most of the catastrophes were somewhat unnoticeable. Well - almost . . .
Yeah, so we forgot to turn on the Christmas trees at the first Mass - that's one of the things you notice as your are processing down the aisle and the then wondering how it might be corrected without making a big fuss and calling everybody's attention to it.
Other things are a little more difficult to cover quietly.
Yes, this did happen and the reason for it is a little embarrassing so I will keep it to myself.
There were a few other glitches but the biggest of which must have been at the Midnight Mass. When I went down to get the gifts it was at this point that I noticed that no collection had been taken up! This is huge! A parish relies heavily on its Christmas collection. What happened??? And more importantly, what was there to be done about it???
What does one do? Do you stop the choir and make an announcement for SOMEONE to get a basket and start collecting money? Do you interrupt prayer? How is this fiasco fixed without ruining the flow and reverence of the Mass.