Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we continue to consider changes to Sunday Mass times for September in light of Fr. Leo’s departure in August, there are a few things that need to be worked out still. One of these things is the handling of Mass Intentions, especially the ones already in place for the Fall. While there may not be a perfect solution to this particular issue, I hope and I believe that we’ve figured out something that works.

You may recall, early in my time at St. Charles that I addressed Mass Intentions and tried to institute a change that reflected more closely what the Church envisioned regarding them. Foolishly, I limited Sunday intentions to one per Mass. It did not work. There was clearly a higher demand for having Masses said for particular
intentions than there were available Masses at the time. As the proverb goes, “Once bitten, twice shy.”

I do not want to make another fiasco, large or small, over something as important as having Masses said for our loved ones. Unfortunately, going from three Masses to two Masses on Sunday morning presents a unique situation in which a ready fix is not at hand. And s o, I went to big guns. I wrote to the Bishop about a possible solution to this temporary quagmire.

With the approval of the Bishop, here is the proposed way that Mass Intentions will be handled as we transition from 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM Masses on Sunday to 8:30 and 10:30 Masses on Sunday morning. As it stands, currently each Mass has 2 intentions. Moving forward in September through January, each 8:30 and 10:30
Mass will have 3 intentions. The two 8AM Mass intentions will go to the 8:30 Mass. The two 11AM Mass intentions will go to the 10:30 Mass. The complication comes will be with the 9:30 Mass. For ease and consistency, the first listed intention of 9:30 will go to the 8:30 Mass. The second listed intention of the 9:30 will go to the 10:30 Mass. If you’re not sure if your particular Mass is listed first or second, you can always call the parish office to find out. Once we get through January, the Mass intentions will go back down to 2 since we will have satisfied all of the intentions that have been currently taken.

Is this ideal? No. But after weighing things, this seemed to be the best option. I ask for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate these ins and outs of changes to the liturgical life here at St. Charles.

Peace and Goodness,
Fr. Dan