If you happen to check out our website and take a look at this blog of recent events, then you get this small benefit. I have finished entering the Mass times surveys into the master spreadsheet. I will soon start analyzing all the information. For now, however, a couple things I think can tell you—based only and merely upon my weak memory and on-the-spot analysis as I entered each survey. So, to the best of my recollection:
1) It does not look like the majority of people would prefer to rotate all three parishes’ Mass times; and that includes a majority not only at St. Anne, but also at St. Columba and St. Mary. It might be close at some.
2) I was surprised by how many families with school-aged children at home would prefer the Sunday 8:00 am Mass. (And here I have to admit I made a mistake that was not caught by me or my reviewers: I wanted families that have a child or children at home but are too young to be school-aged to still say Yes, even though the strictly correct answer would be no. One survey answered no, but put “2 year old” next to the no, which made me realize my mistake.)
3) A very small percentage said they would prefer Saturday at 6 or 7 pm.
4) The time most preferred for Mass was Saturday 5 pm. If my estimates are correct, the second most preferred was Sunday at 10 am.
5) Some people suggested 8:30 and 10:30 on Sunday morning, but very few preferred Sunday at 11 am, so I have a feeling not many people would like 10:30 am Mass.
6) There were a few surveys that suggested having 2 Saturday Masses and only 1 Sunday. If it were entirely up to me and my whim, I would say, “Sure! Why not?!” But, I know the Church prefers Mass on Sunday and Saturday is supposed to be more of a thing of necessity for those who must work Sunday morning. There are other factors, too. So, though I don’t entirely mind the idea, it’s just not going to happen.
Well, that’s the best of my recollection for right now. Next week I will really dig into the responses and put together a (hopefully) comprehensive report.