Today we had to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. But the message got a bit lost: this is a wonderful Feast and it just melted away as it all just felt like an ordinary Sunday.
It just isn't working out. The idea of "moving a feast-day to the nearest Sunday" has muddled everyone. It means that Catholic schools miss out: they can't celebrate the feast with the children. And it's no use saying that the children will celebrate on the Sunday because in too many cases THEIR PARENTS DON'T TAKE THEM TO MASS ON SUNDAYS. So a Catholic school must evangelise them. Why rob the school of this task?
And how do you teach about what a "Novena" is? It's all based on the Scriptural account of the days between the Ascension and Pentecost - and we've been robbed of those days.
Please, dear Bishops of England and Wales: GIVE US BACK OUR FEAST-DAYS.