Our parish is still feeling its way around a new Mass schedule. 11:30 liturgy was unpredictable as usual. The old noon Mass would get three-hundred-plus and today’s thirty-minute-earlier time slot nearly doubled that. There was a lot of concern a month ago that 11:30 was too late for the people who liked to go to 10:30. But a lot of people are enjoying sleeping in, I think.
The pastor preached and offered a timely message to parishioners. He quoted a previous bishop in stating the pastor’s role to lead and challenge the parish, urging them forward. He also suggested that the people who are trying to sway his opinions and activities might think twice. He said that once people accept him as he is we can roll up our sleeves and get to work together. My wife nodded affirmatively on that one.
A few relatively new servers went into deer-in-headlights mode. I find it’s needful to strike a balance between impressing a certain gravity on the kids and their duties and being easy on the nervous types, encouraging them.
What makes this difficult is a “concerned” parishioner who has taken to calling my server scheduler and a few other people, stirring up some activity. I got back to the e-mail yesterday to discover an all-server meeting was called and server leaders lined up to meet with the pastor. Then it turned out it was a huge misunderstanding, that the pastor didn’t want to meet, the scheduler had to call the kids again cancelling a meeting the pastor didn’t want in the first place. We can question the hope of gathering all 102 altar servers four weeks into summer vacation. My wife asked if my “busy bees” waited till I was on vacation to get their meeting pulled together.
Usually I find I can work with industrious people, and steer them into productive tasks. This one is a bit baffling.
I’m heading back to Mass tonight. The pastor suggested a once-a-month “band” to assist the cantor. One “bandmate” will be home with a sick wife and infant. I’m hoping my violinist (who was a no-show last weekend) will be there to liven up the music. I’m feeling rather low energy at this point–it must be partly the five days of clouds and rain. Not that that should remind me in any way of the parish.