What are your weekend Mass times?

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What are your weekend Mass times?
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Sat, 06-20-2009 - 5:18pm

I ask b/c it was someones brain child to introduce a Sunday 7 pm Mass instead of having two in the mornings. So right now we have Sat @ 5:00pm, Sunday 10 am and 7pm. This won't start until September (phew, b/c they originally wanted to start it in Aug)

My problem is the Music Ministry. My 'partner' has already expressed his concerns making his choir, the Men's/Senior choir, do a 7 pm Mass. Really, he has no choice b/c I am not assigning choirs to certain times... it is a rotation... period. I don't want to do a 7 pm Mass either! My kids bed time is 8 pm and the way our priest babbles... (it is an on going joke between him and I *grin* I am not being disrespectful ;) ) We will not get out of there until 8:10 and unless I bring them to Mass in their PJ's.... This is also saying if my DH is not in town otherwise they would stay home with him.

So my question is, do you have a night Sunday Mass?? How busy is it and do you have the Music Ministry participate.

The argument is that those who are out of town on the weekends would be back in time for a 7 pm Mass. Sure that's great, but are they also the ones who will run all the ministries required?? I just Hate doing anything Sunday night b/c I was brought up that THAT was family time. It has been suggested that it turn in to a mostly Youth Mass in which a Youth choir will do the Music, but still, our musically talented Youth are very active with the High schools Music department and will have no time to do the Masses. Heck, we can hardly get them to come out and help us now!

I am seriously, not happy. This will be a Rant now. Please tell me of another Ministry, other than the Priest, where one person has to participate every weekend?? We only have 3 choirs, so we sing every weekend. We don't have a break. I don't bring my kids to Mass b/c I don't want them with me when I am singing and I am not that good of a Catholic who will go to more than one mass a weekend. ;) It is a lot of work to be in the Music Ministry. Not to mention the other leader in my choir doesn't seem to have any problem with taking off when ever he feels like it! Hello?? Do you not think I would like to take off too some days? So far I have done all the work.

Sorry, I am just frustrated.




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Sat, 06-20-2009 - 8:40pm
Um, maybe the Sunday evening Mass can be without music, and that just might shorten Mass time to equal the morning Mass, given Father's tendency to ramble. Either that or it can be suggested that Sunday evening Mass time be moved back just a bit earlier so that you can get the kids in bed on time. And if you do end up taking the girls with you in their PJs, so be it. They'll just be wearing their pajamas. Perhaps it will remind the parish of other family responsibilities. Quite honestly, Sunday evening Mass times have gone by the wayside in my area. My parish has a Saturday vigil at 5:30, Sunday at 8, 10 & 12, and Spanish Mass at 5:00 on Sunday evenings. Thankfully the noon mass was added a couple years ago because the Masses were getting to be standing room only. Ours is a busy parish with a lot of families. The church itself probably has a capacity of 500 or so people, so we needed to add that extra time slot.
At our parish, our music ministry has a choir for each Mass time, no rotations. I'm still thinking if your parish has a few music-less Masses, it won't kill them. Somebody's bound to step up out of realization that it's lacking song.
~Trish

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May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
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~Trish

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May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
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Sun, 06-21-2009 - 12:18am

Here is where it is really dumb. We don't 'need' another mass due to lack of space. We hardly fill the church we are in now, and we are moving in a few weeks to a much bigger facility! We all though we would be down to two masses. Then this was brought up! Father T point of view is "If I save just one sole...." it doesn't matter how full the church is. I see his point. Really I do, but do we really need Music?? *lol*

I am going to talk to him or at least let him know my concerns with the other choirs.




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Sun, 06-21-2009 - 9:58am

Are there any other churches in your area with a Sunday evening mass?

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Sun, 06-21-2009 - 4:46pm
We are actually the only Catholic Parish in town. There are a few others outside the city, but not within an hours drive.



Marianne, mom to Margaret (01/02), Elizabeth (03/04) and Annabelle (07/07)

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Sun, 06-21-2009 - 5:56pm
It sounds like your pastor is expecting parish growth since there isn't another parish even remotely close to yours. Ask Fr T to give the Sunday evening Mass time a few months to see if it will work with your family needs, and if it doesn't another solution would need to be found. It's entirely possible that there may be people who can't get to Mass at all during the weekend days and that 7 pm time may be a saving grace for them. You never know, you might find that someone would be able to share their musical gift at that hour but not earlier. From your standpoint, it certainly does seem that Fr and the other co-chair are not being considerate of your family needs. Just be very clear that if your husband is not available to keep the girls while you're slated to sing the evening Mass, there stands a strong chance you won't be able to serve and either the co-chair must cover that Mass or that Mass will simply have no music. You can give it a couple tries to bring the kids, dressed in pajamas, and try to do the music. If it isn't going to work out, then address it after a few attempts.
I'd make sure the evening Mass has short selections to stay efficient and so you can get the girls home to bed. And on Sundays, the crock-pot is your bestest friend lol.
~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
--old Irish blessing

Irish siggy courtesy beaches59

~Trish

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your
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Registered: 08-26-2000
Sun, 06-21-2009 - 6:06pm

Our parish has a 4 pm on Saturday and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

 


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Mon, 06-22-2009 - 10:41am

Our parish has 5pm Saturday then 8:30 and 10:30 Sunday mornings - all have music, but it varies as to instruments.

Roz

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Registered: 06-01-2007
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 11:29am

We have Saturday night 5:30.

Sandra (proud mommy to 2 boys !)  

 

 

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Registered: 05-26-2005
Mon, 06-22-2009 - 7:39pm

I just wrote a long reply to this (agreeing with you) and then forgot to hit "post" after I hit "preview" - sigh. I'll try to recreate it again tomorrow ;-)


Ruth

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Mon, 06-22-2009 - 9:27pm
Our Sunday evening Mass does not have music. I like it that way because usually when we wind up at the evening Mass it's because things have gone not exactly according to plan. So, when *I* have a hectic day I like the quieter Mass.







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