So, I often talk about travelling and I figured I would give you a small idea on how big this archdiocese actually is. This year we have hit rock bottom and are using every single penny… wait a minute… pennies don’t exist anymore…. we are using every single nickel to survive and to serve our different communities. Even though we are going through this, we are receiving many graces. Graces that we wouldn’t receive if we weren’t so deep in the hole money wise. We are finding much joy with the little we have. We are finding new ways to work with the communities.
There are 46 communities and only 14 priests (and apparently two more on the way). That being said we are having more and more lay services. At first I wasn’t too keen on attending lay services but the more I went to them the more I saw the beauty in them. A lay service isn’t a mass but it’s gathering as a community to pray.
How often do we go to mass and not pray? It’s too easy to get into the motions and say the prayers that we just learned by heart. I’m guilty of that and I would think that many of are as well. But having a lay service breaks that routine because I’ll admit, it’s very different. But different in a good way because it really encourages the parishioners to get involved. Lay services can’t happen if people don’t volunteer their time. This is important because it gets people involved and the more people who are involved the better is goes.
I would imagine that most people reading this have never been to a lay service and that’s ok but just don’t makes the same mistake as I did. Please don’t condemn them, this is a necessity in some communities.
We live in a world of first impressions. Don’t let that get in the way of living a holy life. When is the last time you condemned something without getting to know about it?
-My Catholic Living