They are quite serious about puppets at St. Agatha's. They have a "Puppet Ministry History" page on their website and a chance to "meet the cast" (my favorite is Clyde, a "Male camel who thinks he is self-important and superior to the other animals" - like all males, I guess).All links above are from Thomas Peters' original post; I'll warn you that actually visiting this church's so-called "puppet ministry" pages may cause irritation, eye pain, head shaking, involuntary fist-clenching, and sustained daydreaming involving the creation of a puppet known only as "Mr. Lighter Fluid" and his deadly superhero rampage against inappropriate church-ministry puppets.
I sometimes get tempted to get discouraged over what are actually rather minor liturgical matters, or to find the more modern songs we sometimes have to sing almost intolerably insufficient for worship, or to become distracted by things that I really wouldn't even notice if I myself were paying the proper attention to the Mass. Hearing about a parish whose 9 a.m. "Family Mass" is usually invaded by the grave liturgical abuse of puppets in the sanctuary giving a wholly inappropriate performance at some point during the Mass reminds me of just how bad things really can be, and how trivial some of the things I get upset about are--at least, in the grand scheme of things.
This doesn't mean that minor irregularities and unfortunate music shouldn't eventually disappear from our liturgies as well. But it's relatively easy to find the patience to deal with these things when some parishes have apparently abandoned the liturgy altogether, and are happily making up their own "variety-show" Mass, puppet show and all, apparently blind to the hideous and egregious abuse of the Mass such a display really is.
Because minor abuses can arise out of ignorance, inattentiveness, or error. But something like this can only arise when a parish has become convinced that the Mass is some kind of people's plaything, to be constructed or deconstructed by the whim of the "audience." I notice on the parish website that they have a "Traditional Choir" which sings Gregorian Chant along with other classical Mass pieces; they also have a "Contemporary Choir" which provides modern music including modern instruments. It's just a matter of taste, you see; there's no "right" way to "do" Sacred Music, just as there's no "right" way to "do" liturgy.
Except, of course, that there is. And puppets, whatever one thinks of them generally, can only be an unpleasant excrescence upon the Mass.