My hobby is trying out a new church every Sunday; I've been to over 700 over the last 14 years or so. Last week was a rare occasion where a gentleman actually did ask me if I was new there after Mass; that is very unusual. (I have actually hoped that I might find a nice unmarried lady who would ask me to lunch after Mass, but I have not had any luck at all in that department.)
On the other hand, I found this in the 4/14 bulletin yesterday at a parish I was considering for this morning:
Looking for huggers!
Some people really enjoyed hugging after mass last week and think we should do it all the time.
This is a great way for us to grow in our love for one another as the body of Christ and to get to know
each other as well. So if you are interested in being a hugger after mass, go to one of the doors and open your arms! Some people might think you are odd, but they thought that about Jesus, too! But others will embrace the chance to embrace!
I decided not to attend Mass there this morning; I would find such a thing extremely awkward. I would be tempted to tell the hugger, "Find me a wife first and I'll be eternally indebted to you and I will come back here on a regular basis to hug you all you want."
As for the Mass seeming rehearsed, there really should be no improvisation; that's why we have liturgical books. I have sensed a certain woodenness on occasion, though, and I guess the line between woodenness and wackiness can be a fine one to walk at times.
I am actually still in search of a good "fit" for me. I would like to see something along the lines of a Novus Ordo Mass in Latin with readings in English, but that is rare. If such a thing were available near me, I might consider not wandering from parish to parish any more, but the sides in the Church are too well drawn for that to happen.