Saturday, May 02, 2009

Planning for the future

As the Pastor of this "parish" that has eleven weekend Masses, some of which are scheduled at the same time, I tasked SFC McGee to come up with three courses of action to deal with the almost-certain eventuality of having just one priest overseeing the whole operation, now that it's clear that my tour over here will not be extended.

SFC McG is a whiz at plans and operations.

It makes it harder that the other priest who's here has not mastered the art of bilocation (probably because he's not a Jesuit?), which means that we won't be able to maintain the practice of having Sunday Masses occurring simultaneously in different chapels here on post. Unfortunately, then, we'll be moving the day, time, and place of some of these liturgies, but SFC McG has come up with an alternative which ought to work pretty well.

As it stands, it looks as though Fr. J will have eight weekend Masses to cover -- in addition to his regular duties as a Battalion Chaplain. He's going to be very, very busy. In one month he will have preached much more often than many other Chaplains over here who are deployed for fifteen months. He's up to it, certainly, but it will be a rigorous schedule, to be sure!

That such a large post would have only one priest some weekends says a lot about the shortage of priests in the Army. Or something.

Easter blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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