Weekend Mass Schedule Change effective July 20th & 21st
After consulting the Parish leadership and after much reflection, I have decided to make a change to the weekend Mass Schedule.
For several years Bishop Zurek has encouraged us to cut back on the number of Masses we celebrate. It prevents us priests from truly being present and prayerfully presiding at each Mass because we can become tired and frustrated trying to fit in too many Masses on a weekend. This especially becomes a burden when priests have additional Masses for weddings, wedding anniversaries, quinceañeras or funerals on a weekend.
I also recognize that I am celebrating too many Masses on the weekend and it is affecting my spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. There is no need for me to continue with so many Masses when we now have a new Church with 500 seating capacity. The largest Mass averages 300 people on a weekend. This reality calls us to continue the process to discern how we can unite the English Masses to fill the Church that is now at almost double the sitting capacity as before.
The next step that we must prayerfully consider is the possibility of having only 1 Mass in English on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. We will be looking at this possibility and plan to decide after 3 months of the new schedule.
The new schedule will enable me as presider and pastor to be more present to the community at Mass and outside of Liturgies.
Bringing the community together for Masses closer to each other enables more interaction between parishioners.
A pastor’s hope is always the wish of a loving Father that all the family can come to know one another, build relationships, and truly become a “united parish family”.
Finally, the new schedule will allow some additional time for parish wide afternoon activities. We hope to bring back periodic parish pot-lucks on Sunday afternoon, possibly Parish picnics during nice weather, and other social and formational events that can unite all the different Mass communities into one.
I will continue with 3 Masses on Sunday Morning for now with the idea that I will not celebrate individual/private weddings, wedding anniversaries, or quinceañeras before the 5:00 pm Mass on Saturday. Those that will be celebrated on Saturday mornings or early afternoon,
will be a Liturgy of the Word celebration presided by a Permanent Deacon.
Beginning the weekend of July 20 and 21, 2019,
the Mass Schedule is as follows:
Saturday 5:00 pm English
(with an occasional wedding, quinceañera, or baptism and at times with Bilingual homilies and blessings)
Sunday 8:00 am English; 10:00 am English; 12:00 pm Spanish.
Fr. Hector J. Madrigal
on Friday, June 28 at 3:45PM