Dominus Vobiscum: Notes from a massgoer's underground
A TIME TO PRAY . . .
In the spring of 2006, our parish collapsed the Sunday mass schedule from 8:30 and 10:30 to only 9:30, for reasons evident to anyone familiar with our shortage of priests and reduced mass attendance.
“Some of us will groan” at this, our pastor said in the bulletin, making the best of it: “Some have been going to [one
or other of these masses] for years and don’t know the parishioners at the other masses!” The change provides a chance for us “to see each other and know each other.”
There’s merit to that. The change would be an exercise in habit-changing for the sake of “unity.” The one-mass celebration will be “joyful,” he predicted, and will “remind us of our oneness in Christ.” A stick drawing had a crew in rowing shell and the words “Pull together.”
Prudent parish management for logistical reasons…
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