This makes me think of my parish. The people crow about how beautiful the church building is and how great the music is and how welcoming the people are. While all of this is true, at least to an extent, it is very rare to see anyone doing something like praying before Mass because everyone is too busy socializing. While the music is entertaining, it is often exactly that, entertaining, and it distracts from the Mass. During the announcements at the end of Mass, people are often introduced and applauded as though you are at a show. And a fairly high percentage of people leave before the priest and before the final hymn is complete. Of course, even if you wait till the final hymn is complete, the band waits a few seconds and then starts playing music again so that they are playing music as you leave the church. Today, my friend and I stopped to pray before we left after morning Mass. I noticed that we were the only ones...in a church that holds nearly 2000 people.
This is not the Mass as I know it. Not only do people not participate, but there is a lack of reverence and understanding as to what is going on. It's kind of sad, but I'm not sure what to do about it.
I don't remember which saint but one wrote that the 20 minutes after receiving Holy Communion are the most precious moments of our life. We should be focused only on Our Lord. Twenty minutes is about the time it takes for the Sacred Host to be assimilated into our system. We are as a paten, carrying Him during that time.