Members of the church staff typically get extra time off at Easter. In our diocese we had a half day on Holy Thursday, and then we were off on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. As a member of the clergy I obviously do not get to have all those days off. That is okay. I enjoy these days and I am very happy to come in for rehearsals to prepare for these celebrations. If we each know our roles well, we can help create an environment conducive for prayer. We want people to truly encounter God in a profound way at these liturgies.
In some of the down time that I did have, I was reading a consultant's report about St. Albert Catholic Schools. I studied statistical data regarding test scores in religion, test scores for other academic subjects, demographic trends, and challenges to be met in regard to facility upkeep and other areas of concern. Excitement builds as I prepare for this transition. While we certainly face some obstacles at St. Albert, I am confident we can overcome them and thrive as an institution and a community of faith.
My new role officially begins on June 23. That is exactly two months from today. Please continue to pray for all those impacted by these changes.