PAC Mass a Sacrifice and Loss
In Archbishop’s letter Pentecost Sunday Letter June 5 2022 about the beginning of Beacons of Light, he references “hard decisions involving sacrifice and loss….” Certainly, Mass time changes figure prominently in such decisions. Please see the bulletin insert for the new Mass times (Mass times are below) and for the rationale behind the changed times.
The heaviest dimension of the cross related to Mass time change is that the 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Masses are being eliminated.
The PAC Mass is unique in many ways and to cancel it is certainly as Archbishop says, “is a sacrifice and a loss.” It is unique because of the outstanding and upbeat contemporary music led by the Nearer to God Band. Those who attend the Mass seem to be a bit more patient with and welcoming to families with young children, particularly when children might fuss or have a bad day. There is an atmosphere which is more relaxed and at ease. Such a unique character is something to celebrate and give thanks for…and something to learn from. Let us do that in a special way for the next four weeks and bring that appreciation to its fullness on June 26, the last Sunday for the PAC 9:00 am Mass, where we will have a special celebration afterward.
Another example of the sacrifice of Jesus Cross related to Beacons of Light will be eliminating the 5:00 pm Sunday evening Mass. This Mass was an experimental one from its inception nearly two years ago. It met with wonderful support from a small group of dedicated parishioners who minister at the Mass. Also, the Incarnation School community has been a blessing once a month. Also of note is that the 5:00 pm Sunday Mass was supported by a high percentage of
non-parishioners who needed an evening Mass for an occasionally hectic schedule.
May we give thanks for parishioners who attend the 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Sunday Masses. May we pray for them with a special fervor, for they are leading us in Beacons of Light by bearing a bigger measure of the cross of sacrifice and loss.
Mass Times Evolution
As a new Mass schedule is announced in the bulletin insert (see Mass times below) we are aware of the sacrifice and loss that will likely be experienced by all parishioners. However, another way of looking at the Beacons of Light changes at Incarnation is to see this as a powerful opportunity to be who we are!
Incarnating Jesus who suffers for love of us, we can choose to ”jump in with both feet” with hope into the awkwardness and messiness that will be a part is Beacons of Light. We can choose to “reach out with both hands” to the 9:00 am and 5:00 pm parishioners and all who might be disheartened by changes, but will be present with us at other Masses. We will “Incarnate Jesus” in our community when we lead other parishes in changes that will make the entire Catholic community more vital as the Body of Christ at Sunday Mass.
Sincerely and with Love in Christ,
New Weekend Mass Schedule Beginning the Weekend of July 2, 2022
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New Weekday Mass Schedule Beginning June 27
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