Today’s Question: Christmas Flowers Donations
How does your parish or community handle donations for flowers to decorate the church at Christmas? Many places acknowledge donations in the bulletin, and these may be given in honor of or in remembrance of a loved one. What do you do with excessive donations, an undue display with too many flowers, and lack of simplicity ? Is there is a sensitive way to limit or refuse donations?
Moderator’s note: “Non solum” is a feature at Pray Tell for our readership community to discuss practical liturgical issues. The title comes from article 11 of the Vatican II liturgy constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium: “Therefore there is to be vigilance among holy pastors that in liturgical action not only are laws for valid and licit celebration to be observed, but that the faithful should participate knowingly, actively, and fruitfully.” (Ideo sacris pastoribus advigilandum est ut in actione liturgica non solum observentur leges ad validam et licitam celebrationem, sed ut fideles scienter, actuose et fructuose eandem participent.) May the series contribute to good liturgical practice – not only following the law, but especially grasping the spirit of the liturgy!