Tonight begins my weekend. It’s a one-day affair, two full nights of sleep on either end of it. I’m looking forward to it. In fact, as soon as I finish this post, I’m heading out to the grocery store to indulge one of my favorite tasks: late night food shopping.
We’ve had an eventful 2007 thus far in the parish. Our newly minted associate pastor was reassigned a week ago Wednesday by Bishop Finn, effective tomorrow. Fr Steven is going to a nearby parish he served as a seminarian intern a few years ago. He’ll be the third new priest assigned there in the past three months. The hope is that he can add a stabilizing presence there after some leadership upheaval. This past Fall, he’s been away finishing his academic degree. And since we also have the Vicar General in residence, it was probably a logical move from many standpoints. Likely more logical than other options. So I’ll be sad to see him go.
Fr Don raises the issue of the number of Sunday Masses in his bulletin column this week. Our current Sunday morning schedule is 7:30, 9:00, 10:30, and noon. His trial balloon is to drop the noon and move the others to 8, 9:30, and 11.
Those four Masses have enough people to fill the church three times comfortably. But those pesky parishioners have their own habits, and they like going to certain Masses when they want to go. Not when we’d like them to distribute themselves.
The liturgy committee discussed it in detail last night. Discussion tabled for more listening to parishioners. Complicating matters is the nearby renovation of St Catherine’s Parish. The plan is for their parishioners to worship Sundays at St Matthew’s, but for many of them, our parish is closer. Starting last weekend, we saw a few of them in the pews. We might not be changing Mass times just yet. But it is a change for our pastor who, in twenty years of service, has most often been the only priest in a parish with only two or three weekend Masses.
Interesting few months ahead of us, eh?