Q — I attended a Mass where after Father gave his sermon, he invited a parish speaker talk to us about supporting a fund raiser for the parish. I don’t know why they interrupted the flow of the Mass for this but I found it very disturbing. Could I have your input on this? I know other people commented on this also.

A — The General Instruction of the Roman Missal governs the celebration of Mass. It lays out the principles and practice that direct the celebration of the Eucharist throughout the universal church, and thus it may be said to be a dimension of the catholicity of the church. The Instruction when describing the “Concluding Rites” of the Mass says that brief announcements should be made before the priest’s blessing and the dismissal by the deacon or priest.

Support for a fund-raiser should occur briefly at this point, and not after the homily.