Q: At a past parish, we invited the HS Seniors to join together for a Parish Mass and Reception. The HS Seniors wore their caps and gowns or a nice outfit. They processed in, removed their caps and worshiped with the community. Some participated in the Mass as ministers. At a neighboring parish, the pastor will not allow caps/gowns or their specific recognition. In which document(s) could I find some reference? Are there any liturgical laws being “broken” with the seniors and their graduation celebration?
A: As far as I know, you’re not breaking any laws. I can’t think of any document forbidding it.
We had a graduates’ mass similar to what you describe at one of my former parishes. It was inspiring to see the kids there, and it gave the community a way to affirm their hard work and education.