A Day Of Opportunity

Assumption by RubensI was pleased to discover some weeks ago my parish is offering the same holy day schedule this coming Monday as it does for when such observances are obligatory. Compared to Sundays, the numbers will be small. I suppose that will be true in many parishes, if not most.

I think some group is offering a coffee hour after the morning Mass. I don’t seriously think these are true carrots for parish Catholics. But they do provide an appropriate degree of gladness to match the observance.

From the point of view of the person in the pew … If I’m going to commit forty to sixty minutes for Mass, can I expect others will commit their time to offer a worthy homily, good music, a hospitable welcome, and maybe a bit of festivity for the feast. Or is it more about the obligation than the celebration? And if so, and if you wonder about few numbers–maybe look in the mirror, Church.

What’s your parish doing on Monday?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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7 Responses to A Day Of Opportunity

  1. Devin Rice says:

    My local parish is having the typical weekday scheduled, noon mass. The local cathedral is having the normal noon mass and an additional 7PM additional mass. No idea what the music scene will be like. The Byzantine Catholic Parish will have series also at 7pm. The local Orthodox congregation will have vespers tomorrow evening followed by Divine Liturgy early morning.

  2. Mary says:

    At my parish, neither the Sunday or the weekday schedule would allow a person with a full time job to attend. As someone whose regular day involves leaving home at 8am and returning at 6pm (provided there are no traffic jams etc), there are only one or two Masses in the entire city which I could possibly attend. Getting to one depends on traffic. Sometimes I think that church types have no idea what a full time job really means.

  3. Liam says:

    The parish I attend regularly in the city doesn’t have Mass on Mondays or Tuesdays. My local parishes will only have their weekday midmorning Masses. My daily schedule is such (rising at 4AM, swimming at 5AM, getting to work by 6:30AM, leaving work between 5-6PM) that daily Mass is not feasible.

    • Liam says:

      That is, weekday Mass schedules around here are generally geared towards retirees, parish staff and, if applicable, parochial school students.

  4. Melody says:

    Our parish is having an 8:15 Mass, and then a funeral later in the morning. I can’t attend the 8:15 one, so I’m going to hit the 6:30 am at the other parish. Ordinarily I’d hope they have music, etc., but this is the pre-work Mass for most people, including me. If it was a day of obligation, all three parishes would have an evening Mass, this time none of them do.

  5. FrMichael says:

    Just kept the daily Mass at its normal time.

  6. Melody says:

    That 6:30 am Mass was actually pretty well attended. Of course that is their daily Mass so a lot of the crowd were regulars. But did see quite a few from my parish.

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