Mass Times Survey

Because of the upcoming change in Mass times, I wanted to post the survey for all of you to see and review. At this time, we’re only making the change of St. Ann moving to 8:00 am on Sunday. St. Mary & St. Columba will continue to rotate every four months with the Saturday 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am Mass times. You will need Adobe Reader or a similar program to view the Mass Times Survey Results.

Mass Times Survey

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.

Day of Penance

Today commemorates a sad day in American history. Decades ago the United States Supreme Court decided to allow abortion to be legally performed throughout the whole country. Millions and millions of lives have been lost to this violence. In these United States, today is a day of penance and prayer, to make reparation for these evils committed in our nation and to beg the Lord to bring about a conversion of hearts in our country to protect all human life.

Below is a prayer that Pope Benedict XVI composed in 2010 for the protect of human life:

Lord Jesus,
You who faithfully visit and fulfill with your Presence
the Church and the history of men;
You who in the miraculous Sacrament of your Body and Blood
render us participants in divine Life
and allow us a foretaste of the joy of eternal Life;
We adore and bless you.

Prostrated before You, source and lover of Life,
truly present and alive among us, we beg you.

Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life,
make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb
the miraculous work of the Creator,
open our hearts to generously welcoming every child
that comes into life.

Bless all families,
sanctify the union of spouses,
render fruitful their love.

Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies
with the light of your Spirit,
so that peoples and nations may recognize and respect
the sacred nature of life, of every human life.

Guide the work of scientists and doctors,
so that all progress contributes to the integral well-being of the person,
and no one endures suppression or injustice.

Give creative charity to administrators and economists,
so they may realize and promote sufficient conditions
so that young families can serenely embrace
the birth of new children.

Console the married couples who suffer
because they are unable to have children
and in Your goodness provide for them.

Teach us all to care for orphaned or abandoned children,
so they may experience the warmth of your Charity,
the consolation of your divine Heart.

Together with Mary, Your Mother, the great believer,
in whose womb you took on our human nature,
we wait to receive from You, our Only True Good and Savior,
the strength to love and serve life,
in anticipation of living forever in You,
in communion with the Blessed Trinity.