Growth Locally, Trouble Nationally
We jumped by 79 people this weekend over last weekend inside our church. Only on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday did we have more people.
Mass Inside Outside
4 PM 140 6
6 PM 51 0
8 AM 83 5
10 AM 130 7
12 PM 91 0
2 PM 72 6
Total 567 24
4 PM Mass Near Capacity
We're nearing capacity at the 4 PM Mass. We could probably seat 165 comfortably. The bigger problem is that we ran out of handicapped seating again. I urge the handicapped to consider attending a different Mass where we have plenty of handicapped seating. I invite the healthier 4 o'clockers to also consider attending a different Mass. It seems that many new people attend the 4 PM Mass for the first time without realizing that all the other Masses are easier to navigate. Your sacrifice in attending a different Mass will make it easier for us to welcome the newcomers.
10 AM Mass Growing
You might think that the 10 AM Mass is almost as crowded. It isn't. We could probably fit 185+ comfortably and 200+ creatively because of families of three or more attending. There's also plenty of handicapped seating. Even so, I offer the numbers so that you can strategically choose which Mass to attend.
For both the 4 PM and 10 AM Masses, we're going to try to have three extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
I forgot to ask Tom to move the Blessed Mother statue from the Parish Center to the church. He has done so today. Unless a better idea is presented to me, we'll do the May crowning at the 10 AM Mass on Mother's Day.
I also forgot about the Mother's Day cards. We didn't have time to figure out how to do it without transmitting germs. We can give things to you. It's the giving something that you return to us in the office that seemed problematic. If we had thought about it a month ago, we might have been able to find a solution. I decided to skip it this year again for safety and simplicity.
Lately, I've been thinking about all the things we haven't done that I hope we can start-up once again. Please be patient as we joyfully do more and more.
Besides the return of more or more people to Mass, we're seeing an increase in activity among our groups as well as new groups. And funerals and anointing requests have increased too. Our parish is becoming livelier. I can hardly wait for many of the restrictions to be lifted. Once they are, I'll let you know.
Our parish can be a beacon of hope, light, and truth to our neighbors and beyond. We've got serious trouble in our nation and society. I offer links to two articles. The authors use strong language and cogent arguments. Robert Royal is one of the people whose opinion I very much respect. I don't know the other author at all, but his arguments seem important.
"Joe Biden and the Bishops after 100 Days"
by Robert Royal
"Let’s Not Be Reasonable"
by Robert B. Greving
I have been and will continue to emphasize our need to stick close to Jesus. I expect that I will need to address the hot topics in our culture with greater clarity. Providing these two links is one way I'm trying to do that. The goal is not just to get ourselves to more faithfully follow Jesus but to bring as many people as we can with us.
God love you,
Fr. Jim O'Neill
on Monday, May 3 at 12:06PM