Christmas comes early for campus ministers. We had big crowds at our first two Masses this weekend. But 10:30 was huge–bigger than Easter. We had to bring up three racks of chairs from the basement and a few stacks from the student lounge to accommodate our overflow people in the narthex. Someone commented that a lot of parents were in attendance, which was true. We won’t be as crowded next weekend, I think. Hopefully we’ll be only slightly less crowded. But if the parents want to come back, I won’t stop them.
One of my hospitality people mentioned that she hoped we could keep the Mass under sixty minutes; otherwise, the students would be discouraged from returning next weekend. It was seventy-one. We had two young women received into full communion, plus so many people we needed fourteen verses of three Communion songs. Our preacher tackled the long version of the second reading in his homily, and the pastor, when announcing the 10PM Thursday Night Mass, mentioned that 43% of St Thomas students meet their future spouse at that liturgy.
It’s already been a busy time for us in the parish office. 53 incoming students expressed an interest in scheduled liturgical ministry. Three in hospitality, 18 for Communion ministry, but what are we going to do with 32 new lectors?
Tonight we have the new student cookout. Free food for undergrads, then 7PM Mass. Looking forward to meeting more Ames newcomers, spending a little quality time with my family, then getting a good night’s sleep.