MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY,
Since I was able to get away last week for a short break, I thought it would be good to repeat the following note from my desk. The changes are going to be in effect THIS WEDNESDAY, so here it is again -
One thing that I have been asked is, "Are there going to be any changes?" Normally, changes from a new pastor come slowly, after observing what is going on and hopefully any changes made will be for the betterment of the community of the faithful. With that said, the first change will be with the school Masses celebrated on Fridays. Beginning with the first school Mass on August 28th, the Masses will be celebrated on WEDNESDAYS. I feel that spiritually, the children will benefit more by having the Mass mid-week, hopefully centering their school week around the sacrifice of the Mass. Then when attending weekend Mass, they will continue to be spiritually enriched, ready to start out their school week. Because of the move of the school Masses to Wednesdays, their WILL BE A WEDNESDAY MORNING MASS AT 7:00AM. We will keep the 7:00PM Mass in the evening. There will no longer be a 12:05 Mass on Fridays. Therefore in summary, the weekday Mass schedule is as follows: Monday through Friday: 7:00 and 9:00AM, with an additional Mass on Wednesday evening at 7:00PM. Hopefully, that will be very easy to remember.
Also, CONFESSIONS on Thursday evening will be moved to WEDNESDAY EVENING, CELEBRATED FROM 6:00 - 6:30. I am moving it for two reasons. First, I am very uncomfortable having confessions while Eucharistic Adoration is going on. The opening and closing of doors, people standing and waiting, people going in and out of the church makes for a little confusion. All attention should be on Our Eucharistic Lord during those times. Second, many people find it very useful to come to confession and then stay right after for Mass. ALL THE ABOVE CHANGES WILL BEGIN THE WEEK OF AUGUST 25.
It is my hope that with the changes, more people will find our weekday liturgical celebrations more convenient for attending. I feel the children will benefit by the move and I feel parishioners will experience the Lord's presence in our worshipping community.
Again, thanks for all the help in making my transition run smoothly. God bless.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A priest was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to, at the end of the worship service, ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was out and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play. "Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances." During the service, the minister paused and said, "Brothers and sisters, we are in great difficulty. The roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up." At that moment, the substitute organist played "The Star-Spangled Banner." And that is how the substitute became the regular.