Now I suggest some immediate actions that can - should be taken by serious Catholics.
- No chit-chat in the nave of the church, either before or after Mass. If someone comes up to you and starts talking, politely insist that you move the conversation into the lobby.
- Dress as though you are going to meet someone vitally important, for that is indeed what you're doing. That means no jeans, shorts, sneakers, sandals, tee-shirts, polo shirts. Women should dress modestly: skirt or dress no higher than knee, blouses should have sleeves, nothing see-through, nothing clingy. Men should be in jacket and tie, dress shirt/shoes/slacks, nothing baggy. Got the picture?
- Father, please don't crack jokes in the homily or at the altar. We came to Mass, not the Jay Leno Comedy Hour. The words you say during your homily might well be the difference between salvation and damnation for someone in your congregation; that is a matter of the utmost gravity and should be regarded as such.
- Liturgical committees and other planners, please take the concept of "inculturation" and put it in the trash where it belongs. Mass is about Christ's Paschal Sacrifice and our worship of Him. That's it and nothing else.
- No applause whatsoever. The Holy Father has made quite plain his displeasure at this unfortunate practice. There should be no distraction from God in favor of some person - not even "for a minute".
- Additional suggestions are welcome via the comment box.