The pandemic has called us to adapt in many ways. Almost no area of our lives has not been affected in one way or another. We first became accustomed to 'virtual Masses' when the 'stay in place' orders went into effect on March 17. School classes, baptismal preparation classes, marriage preparation programs and Vacation Bible School have all been offered online. As restrictions began to be lifted and we were allowed to hold public Masses again, we introduced BYOP (Bring Your Own Pew) Masses in the parish parking lot. The weekday and the Sunday morning 8:00 am BYOP Masses are currently the most attended Masses. These Masses will continue at least through the month of July.
With the beginning of the new school year early in August, we will make some adaptations to the daily Mass schedule and to the daily Communion Services. The changes will hopefully make it possible for more people to participate in daily Masses. The changes will also give a little more flexibility to my schedule, reducing the normal workday from twelve to ten hours and making it possible to make up for frequently missed days off when funerals or other parish activities require my presence at the parish. After so many weeks away from our previous schedule, now seems like the opportune time to make some adjustments. I know that change is never easy, and I ask for your patience and understanding as we introduce changes to our daily Mass schedule.
The new schedule foresees one Communion Service, Monday through Friday at 7:00 am. There will be no Mass on Monday. The Tuesday afternoon Mass will remain at 5:30 pm and Masses will be offered, Wednesday through Saturday, at 8:30 am. We will continue the Saturday morning Mass until the end of December of this year. That Mass will, unfortunately, be discontinued in January of 2021.
The new schedule will also allow the children of the school to be divided into smaller groups and participate in at least one daily Mass each week, while respecting social distancing. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will now be my favorite days of the week!
Our earlier schedule still had happy vestiges of a time when there were two full time priests assigned to Christ the King. The new schedule better respects the reality of one priest assigned to the parish.
In a year of adaptations, this will be one more.
See you at Mass!