If your parish is like mine, your staff (and maybe you!) are already planning for the coming liturgical year. A late Easter (April 24!) means that Good Friday is the last day of classes here at the university. Lent begins the week before Spring Break. How’s that for the journey with Jesus into the desert?
We’ve slotted in Confirmation (pending our archbishop’s approval) for Second Sunday of Easter, mid-afternoon. (They aim for a Sunday whenever possible.) First Communion will be celebrated on its usual Saturday night–it’s our least-attended Mass–on May 14th. Anybody going with the secular calendar to schedule those sacraments during Lent (the usual April)? Personally, I’d prefer to use February rather than Lent for either, but I’m sure that would drive the DRE and YM batty. My DRE colleague Kathy and I decided to shift First Reconciliation out of Advent to mid-November. That’s a happy move, uncluttering the season before Christmas. We looked at doing a family reconciliation during Advent, but with the holy day coming on our religious ed night, we didn’t have the extra available Wednesday night. We have to balance the need for class nights with the student schedule. (They’re in finals by December 15th, and we don’t have classes for the little kids when about half our catechists have their own academic demands.
Anything strange you liturgists out there see on the horizon with this coming Easter?