Message from the Pastor
- We have 8 weekend Masses and 11 weekday Masses as well as two Senior Home Masses per week.
- This is 21 Masses per week, which does not include Funeral Masses, Memorial Masses, Holy Day of Obligation Masses and Nuptial Masses.
- For a more reasonable and more sustainable future, in our two-church parish of 2,700 families, the number of Masses provided needs to be amended.
- A priest, assigned or retired, according to to Canon Law, may not offer more than two Masses on weekdays and may not offer more than three Masses on Sundays and other solemnities.
- We do not have enough retired priests to help with current number of Masses to be celebrated.
- All three priests assigned to the parish are finding it very difficult to cover all the Masses. As a rule, one of our priests does not drive at night. The priests, of course, do sick calls, Masses, Confessions, but they also are chaplains of our various organizations. They need to be freed up to be more present in the community.
- The heart of our mission as a Catholic parish is evangelization; however, we must realistically see that our society is rapidly becoming more secular, like Europe before us.
- Today, 70% of millennials do not belong to any religion. We have an opportunity to invite people back to the practice of the Faith, but we need to be realistic that this trend affects and will affect our parish size and future Mass attendance.
- Despite constant pleading for new volunteers, we are having enormous difficulty covering all weekend Masses and weekday Masses with the appropriate number of liturgical ministers.
- The liturgical law of the Church states music is mandatory for all Sundays and other Solemnities, which is difficult to maintain and very expensive.
- Safety concern: The current Sunday 7 a.m. Mass at Prince of Peace Church begins when it is still dark outside for at least three months of the year. This is an issue that can be avoided by a Mass that is a half hour or an hour later.
- The current attendance for any weekend Mass, even in the busy month of December, is far from filled or crowded. The weekday Masses are less attended than in previous years.
- The capacity at Prince of Peace Church is 1,900. During the month of the December, the Sunday Masses at Prince of Peace had an average attendance of:
- 4 p.m. - 597 (31.4% capacity)
- 7 a.m. - 258 (13.6% capacity)
- 9 a.m. - 435 (22.9% capacity)
- 11 a.m. - 321 (16.9% capacity)
- The capacity at Our Lady of Lourdes Church is 980. During the month of the December, the Sunday Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes had an average attendance of:
- 4 p.m. - 382 (39% capacity)
- 8 a.m. - 286 (29.2% capacity)
- 10 a.m. - 369 (38% capacity)
- 12 p.m. - 181 (18.4% capacity)
This decision was one that took months to finalize and was a decision where the input of the leadership staff, Pastoral and Finance Councils, and Parish Leadership was sought. The goal for the new liturgy schedule was to provide diversity for the parishioners and to have a schedule that is realistic for the size of the parish. Highlights from the new liturgy schedule:
Weekday Mass Schedule (Changes effective Monday, April 2nd)
Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 8 a.m.
Prince of Peace Church - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8 a.m.
Confession Schedule (Changes effective Thursday, April 5th)
Our Lady of Lourdes Church - Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Prince of Peace Church - Monday and Wednesday: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Weekend Mass Schedule (Changes effective Saturday, April 7th)
Our Lady of Lourdes Church - 4 p.m. Anticipated Mass, 9 a.m. Choir Mass (alternating with Prince of Peace), 11 a.m. Family Mass
Prince of Peace Church - 4 p.m. Anticipated Mass, 8 a.m. Traditional Mass in English, 10 a.m. Choir Mass (alternating with Our Lady of Lourdes)
Please see below for documents pertaining to the New Liturgy Schedule: