I just found out our little church does a children's Christmas pageant at the one Christmas Mass. We're in the choir, of course, and had planned to attend that Mass--but now I find out that the pageant takes place during the Gospel reading. It goes something like this: priest reads a little of the Gospel. Pauses. Children act out part he just read. A Christmas carol is sung. Priest reads the next part of the Gospel. Children act out, carol is sung, etc. This happens a total of six times.
Not only that, but the Gospel is a mishmash of two Christmas Gospels, one from Saint Luke and the other from Saint Matthew.
Now, I am almost 100% sure this is not even remotely allowed to happen during the Mass. It would be fine if they wanted to do it before the Mass, or afterward in the parish hall, but interrupting the Gospel reading for a show seems to be the height of liturgical abuse. But I can't find anything official that says so, and instead seem to be finding evidence that other parishes do the same thing.
Please, please, please, if you know or can find something definitive from the Church's rubrics that will make it clear this is not even remotely permitted, send it to me at once, or post it in the comment boxes! As it is, my family, who makes up roughly 1/3 of the choir, is going to have to tell the rest of the choir that we won't be attending Christmas Mass at our parish if this goes forward, but will celebrate Christmas Mass elsewhere--but it would be a lot easier if I had some way to prove that this kind of disrespect for the Gospel and for the integrity of the Holy Mass was not allowed by the Church.
Anything you can discover will be most helpful; thank you in advance!