Traditional Mass communities are different to standard parishes firstly in typically being non-geographical. But also in that they generally started as groups of laypeople sharing a common view on the liturgy, and then often had to go out themselves and actively find a priest prepared to say the Mass for them.
That history has inherent dangers of course - communities can see priests as little more than providers of the sacraments, there to do their bidding. But managed well, that dynamism can be a healthy thing, spurring both priest and people to do better. And ideally that initial drive can be translated into the impetus to help build up the other dimensions of a genuinely catholic community, such as provision of catechesis, charity, and participation in public life; elements which have been lost in many contemporary parishes.
- offered preparing children for sacraments
- regular catechesis for children
- occasional catechetical sessions for adults
- regular catechesis/ theology/Latin classes for adults
- a school (there are some in the US)
- morning tea after Sunday Mass
- occasional events - dinners/picnics/etc
- Juventutem chapter or other youth group
- Altar servers guild
- Ladies guild/group
- profession based guilds/other types of confraternities
- choir training program
- active religious sisters attached to the community
- Supporting members of the TLM community (have a read of Deus Caritas Est) - meals, visits, financial support to sick/elderly/in trouble
- External to the community (there was a story not long ago about the bureaucratically induced trials of a parish running a soup kitchen, and it occurred to me that not many, if any, TLM - or novus ordo for that matter - communities run specific charitable activities...)
- Pro-life activities
- Recruitment to the TLM....