Chevette, Ontario: Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Fr. James McSweeny CC, fresh from the seminary, has some pretty radical ideas when it comes to Sunday worship. After the readings, he invites adult members of the congregation whom his ushers have specially elected, to go downstairs for a ‘special’ homily given by Sr. Janet and her ‘saintly sock puppets.’
“We have found that they come back ten minutes later much more engaged,” said Fran Duplesse, chairperson of St. Martin’s liturgy committee.
When asked which adults are selected for this special homily, Fr. McSweeny said it was those who fidget, those who clear their throats a lot, and those who keep looking at the girl with the low top and the tight jeans out of the corners of their eyes.
“It’s just a new take on catechesis.”
Fr. McSweeny said the idea came to him one Sunday out of frustration with those who just can’t to remember the ‘and with your spirit.’
“I mean it’s been a few years now! But then I thought, you can get angry or you can think proactively,” he wrote in an email interview with SCCB.
Parishioner Craig Wingel said he often has the opportunity to attend the “fun downstairs,” and said that the highlight for him is getting to show the crafts he makes to his own children whom, he says, “have to stay upstairs,” over Sunday brunch.