Light Schedule


One of the points of disconnect for Rome to ordinary parishes is the schedule of the priest. Note Pope Benedict’s Schedule for the Christmas season: four Masses and a solemn Vespers. Many clergy will knock that off in this coming weekend alone. Ponder the busybodies in the CDWDS and ICEL butchering the MR3. Where on the spectrum will they fall? Four Masses and a Vespers? Fifteen Masses and a wedding or two? Which schedule, do you suppose, is more amenable to quiet preparation and study of presidential texts? And which is probably laden with other pastoral concerns?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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6 Responses to Light Schedule

  1. John Drake says:

    Most parish priests I know make time for a holy hour everyday. I imagine prepping the new orations might be a legitimate use of some of that time

  2. CN says:

    Starting at noon today, I will be going out to celebrate Mass nine times in the next 72 hours. Yeah, it’s tough. But come on, you still find a way to throw MR3 and the Roman Curia under the bus? Dude, your attitude is way off and it’s been getting nastier as time goes on. Just do your part and let God work out the rest. (I know… easier said than done… for all of us.) FWIW. Hang in there. Merry Christmas.

  3. FrMichael says:

    Of course, how many parish priests are still in active service at age 83? Around NorCal mandatory retirement is age 75. I haven’t met a parish priest, no matter how progressive, who thinks this pope (or his predecessor) is a slacker.

  4. Fr. Seraphin says:

    After my Midnite Mass I watched the Holy Father’s on TV and marvel at his stamina.
    FWW I was also surpised and felt your comments a bit mean spirited. Hope your day is a bit brighter today. Merry Christmas and God bless!

  5. Todd says:

    My criticism is less focused on the pope’s schedule. Like bishops, he is less involved with actual preparation. And indeed, even those one liturgies per day can be demanding on an octogenarian.

    But let’s embrace the truth here. As either the pope, the head of the CDF, an archbishop of a major German see, or a university professor, Joseph Ratzinger has probably not pulled double duty in many a long year. The priests in their seventies I know not only have up to a half-dozen Masses this weekend, but some also have concerns about finances, altar servers, staff members, turning lights, furnaces, and such on and off, and the like. Few people writing up missals and pointing in books for them.

    The question is a valid one I’ve heard uttered by parish clergy: do bureaucrats who make rules truly understand their impact?

  6. FrMichael says:

    Answer to your question: no.

    As a pastor, my concerns are a lot less important than the Holy Father’s. I worry about evangelization, catechesis, finances, the broken fence, etc. He needs to be concerned about the preservation of the Faith, persecution of Christians throughout the world, and many other mega-issues light years beyond mine. Quality, not quantity, is what we need from him when it comes to pontifical liturgies.

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