Can you believe that summer is almost over? Our students in Bourne and in Catholic schools all returned to school this past week, as have many of our college students. Everyone else begins this week. It is also a time when parish programs traditionally start up again. We have had a very busy summer here at St. John’s. Even for Cape parishes, summer time marks a slowdown. The staff have been hard at work all summer and I appreciate all they have accomplished .
Certainly the most important thing that we do as a parish family is gather at the altar for the celebration of the Eucharist. Over the summer months I have met with those involved with all aspects of the celebration of the Mass to discuss ways we can improve our liturgy. There have been some minor procedural changes that have occurred. A request that came from each group I met with was some type of formation for those involved in the liturgy. On Saturday September 28 there will be a day of reflection offered for those who serve the community as lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, ushers or musicians. It will take place in the Parish Hall from 9AM to 1PM. Lunch will be provided. There will be information soon on how to register.
I also met with the musicians from the parish. They have been involved in the music ministry here to over 40 years and I want to publically thank them for their service. They brought to my attention a number of concerns that we are working on addressing. There are a couple of things though that I wanted to bring to your attention concerning the music ministry here at St. John’s. First, we are a pretty diverse parish community. This is reflected in the “personality” of each of the masses celebrated. One of the greatest challenges in a parish is providing a worthy and reverent celebration that feeds the people of all spiritual preferences. To better help meet this challenge, the music at the 11AM Mass will be changing. Brian Sardinha, a young man who lives here in Pocasset and is one of the music ministers at UMass Dartmouth Catholic Campus Ministry will begin playing the 11AM Mass starting September 8. We are looking for others instrumentalists to join him (as well as singers!).
Second, to help provide the ongoing formation needed to be an effective ministry and to help integrate music into other prayers and services offered in the parish, we are beginning the process of hiring a music director. There are a number of things that have to be done before we can post the position and it may take a while to get to that point.
I will be sure to keep you in the loop as things continue to develop.