If Weather Nixes Election

… does your diocese have a plan in place? We have four catechumens heading to the Rite of Election. (Note: it has been our long practice not to send candidates who are already baptized, but some parishes in our archdiocese do.)

We received this note from the office of worship/RCIA today:

In the event of poor weather conditions on February 21, and you are concerned about the Rite of Election being canceled, you may call the host coordinator listed on your instruction sheet.

If the Rite of Election is canceled due to the weather, Archbishop Hanus automatically delegates the local pastor to celebrate the Rite of Election in the parish. It is important to note that for any reason, other than the weather, individual delegation must be requested in writing from Archbishop Hanus to celebrate this rite in the parish.

The long-term weather forecast has some snow flurries on the way for this weekend, but nothing alarming as far as I can tell. Anything in your neighborhood?

Obviously, a parish-based Rite of Election can be celebrated later (but not too much later) if true necessity hits. What would you do if Ash Wednesday were snowed out in your parish? It’s not an obligatory holy day by any means, but many Catholics are used to a familiar beginning for the season of Lent. Do you think it’s important enough to impose ashes on Thursday, Friday, or even the weekend? I’m not aware of anything in the Missal that outright forbids it. Are you?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to If Weather Nixes Election

  1. Liam says:

    I remember the Blizzard of ’78; the 30+ hours of snow ended on Mardi Gras. Ash Wednesday did not happen because it took a few days for plows from upstate NY to get down to LI: it then took my brother and me a couple of days to hack through the 8 foot high wall of ice the plows left in front of our driveway. The bishop dispensed with Ash Wednesday precepts entirely (we heard this by battery-powered radio); people were without power for many days. No effort was made to “make up” for Ash Wednesday.

  2. Thom says:

    I would say that if Ash Wednesday were to be “made up,” the best practice would probably be to offer the imposition of ashes after the weekend Masses on the first Sunday of Lent.

  3. Peter says:

    Usually I just skim through these blogs and only read ones that -jump- out at me and yours did. Thanks for it – it is actually a real good read! Do you have a subcribe area so I can link to it to read again another day? Let me know – thanks.


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