ASK FATHER: Can lay people assist with sprinkling rite and give homily?

Posted May 12, 2019 7:39 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Can lay people assist with sprinkling rite and give homily?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I had to use my territorial novus ordo parish for a valid mass instead of the TLM since I work in emergency medicine and sometimes shift work makes it difficult to get to a TLM or even a moderately well celebrated novus ordo mass.
During mass this evening 5/11/19 Archdiocese of __ the pastor had a lay woman assist with the sprinkling rite (i.e. he did half of the congregation she did the other half).
Additionally after the Gospel he gave a short homily (~3-4 sentences) and then another woman gave a “reflection on the scripture readings”.
Before I get too frustrated,

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