No doubt the prospect of a new weekend Mass Schedule has generated some discussion and I can presume no lack of consternation among a few of our parishioners! In any case, I am very grateful for your response to the "ballot process" we utilized to come to a final choice in our schedule. It was truly amazing when one considers that we received 1158 responses when our average weekly attendance (children and infants included) is 1844. The result of this "opinion poll" reveals that "Schedule A" was by far the preferred schedule.
At last week's Masses and in the bulletin I mentioned that adjusting a Mass schedule is one of the most stressful actions that can affect a parish. This is why I wanted to offer an opportunity for you to "weigh in" on the decision. Obviously, everyone has his or her own preferences or opinions, and much preliminary work—which took into account many factors (having two churches, only two priests, church size, trends in attendance, and compliance with Canon Law)—went into the formulation of the options presented. Both schedules presented would have been viable and acceptable. We are pleased to abide with the majority opinion.
I can appreciate the comments on a number of "ballots." However, a few harken back to a time when parishes had one church with four resident priests. How I pray that we might return to such a time but this is not our current reality. I rely on your good spirit of cooperation, loyalty, and support as we move forward. Let us keep our one parish strong and our two churches filled with faith filled and loving people!
With affection and gratitude,