Here is Bulletin_2016-12-25
Huh?!!: My wife will be the first to confirm that I am a bear of little brain. I am easily confused by situations that are unreasonably unreasonable or simply lacking in reason in any form. If you recall, in For the Sheep in Exile – 2016-12-18, we spent some time explaining how the parish was getting the short end of the deal because there was going to be one less Mass for Christmas than in 2014 and on all normal Sundays. We said it was a case of “less than <“.
Well, this week we run into the case of “not equal to ≠“. For Sunday, December 25, Christmas, Father can declare that St. Peter’s will have a Sardine Christmas. Just one weekend later, the world has turned upside down. All the rationale for a “less than <” Sardine Christmas has suddenly vanished. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, St. Peter’s will follow a regular Sunday Schedule.
(By the way, although Father might not remember, the USCCB and the Sheep in Exile certainly can recall that January 1st is “The Octave Day of Christmas, Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God” and not just the secular holiday “New Year’s”.)
So, by our reckoning, the logical (illogical) conclusion is that Christmas, with its Sardine Mass schedule, is “not equal to ≠” to New Year’s. I call upon Aristotle, Euclid, and St. Thomas Aquinas to make sense of our Pastor’s logic.
Fake News and Fact Checking: Since the term “fake news” is now in vogue, it might be worth a moment to reflect on the fake news we receive in our weekly bulletin. My wife and I attended Mass at St. John the Evangelist this morning. And, instead of hearing the Mass of “Our Lady of Guadlupe (sic)” as declared in our bulletin. The Mass we attended was the Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr. Likewise, we suspect that most parishes in the country will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs on Wednesday, rather than St. John of the Cross.
As We Suspected: The people in the pews, the parishioners, the sheep in need of a pastor are answering to the call to provide for their brothers in spiritual need. They have reached into their own pockets to provide spiritual sustenance. They are performing the spiritual works of mercy for their fellow parishioners. We extend to them our thanks and prayers. Thank you!
Dedication: This week, we dedicate the following song to our friends on the Parish Finance Council and the Parish Pastoral Council. Take these words to heart. (Click here.)
Don’t you give me no dirty looks
Your father’s hip; he knows what cooks
Just tell your hoodlum friend outside
You ain’t got time to take a ride
Yakety yak (Don’t talk back)