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6:30 AM Mass...what do you think

Nov 11

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11/11/2018 12:15 AM  RssIcon

Sometimes, the Lord puts things on my heart in a way that, despite my reluctance, I can’t seem to let go. This time, it has to do with the weekly Mass schedule and the Mass schedule on Holy Days of Obligation. Quite simply, I am feeling the call to add a 6:30 AM Mass on Fridays during Advent and Lent, and if they are successful, to add them throughout the year. I would also like to add a 6:30 AM Mass on Holy Days of Obligation, as well.

That is the ‘What,’ now for the ‘why?’

Growing up, my parents were often at work by 7:30 AM; in fact, my father was often at work before I even got up for school. (They did work across the street from the house, and just a block up from the Church.) My home parish has Mass at 7:30 AM every morning, so while mom could make it when she felt she needed to do so, my dad could never make it to morning Mass. In fact, many who worked could never make it, so the Morning Mass crowd tended to be retirees, as they were able to make that time schedule work. As an aside, it was always nice to serve Morning Mass and see my grandparents, who were daily Mass attendees!

When I was first ordained, my teaching schedule prevented me from having the 8:30 Mass at Our Lady of the Visitation, so I covered the 6:30 AM Mass every morning prior to heading to school to teach. What I found was a completely different Daily Mass crowd than what I was used to seeing from growing up or from other parish assignments in the seminary. There were more husbands and dads; there were more who would make the time prior to heading to work; there were more who wanted to start the day with a quiet and prayerful experience at Daily Mass.

Because I had to get to work as well, that early Mass was a ‘quiet’ one: no singing, just a simple thought from the readings, and off we all went to our daily adventures.

As we celebrated the Holy Day of Obligation on All Saints’ Day recently, this idea came back to me. I realized that if parishioners work, especially if they work in another part of town, the possibility of attending the Holy Day Mass at either 8:30 or Noon was slim to none. From there, knowing families are crazy busy in the evenings, even the 7:00 pm Mass may not be in the realm of possibility, either. But perhaps that early shift is, I wondered…

Here is where you can help: If Mass were offered at 6:30 AM on Fridays during Advent, would you be interested in attending? The second question is like unto the first: Would a 6:30 AM Mass on Holy Days of Obligation make it easier for you to attend Mass? If the answer to either of these questions is ‘Yes,’ please email me: frschnippel@corpuschristicommunity.org or frschnippel@sjnews.org and I will gladly begin those Masses during the first week of Advent on Friday, December 7, in Our Lady’s Chapel (the Daily Mass Chapel) at St. John Neumann, continuing every Friday during Advent. If the attendance is good and grows, I will certainly look to add an early Mass at Corpus Christi as well, maybe on Tuesdays? If that is something you would like to see, email me!

A hidden benefit to this additional Mass would also be the possibility of adding an hour or so of confession time on Friday mornings between Masses, as well.

I look forward to your responses and interest, and stay tuned to this space for further details!

God Bless,
Fr. Kyle Schnippel


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