A friend recommended we take a look at the Church Mouse website. We have read the information it presents carefully and thoroughly. We are regrettably left with the conclusion that you are behaving like spoilt little children who aren’t getting their own way.
Where we live our priest, close to retiring age and in average health, is looking after two fairly large parishes singlehandedly. In our diocese one priest is responsible for three parishes. In our country there are people who might get Mass once a month, or even longer. Friends in far west Queensland see their PP once every three months.
And here you are, a small parish community with two priests, a small parish community surrounded by other Catholic parishes and priests. But you don’t have the priest who suits you and the way you like the parish to operate, so you kick up a stink and carry on. Has it ever occurred to you all to stop and think just how blessed you are to have resident clergy, to have daily Mass, to have the sacraments and priestly pastoral care on hand?
Might we suggest the time you spend whingeing, writing to the Cardinal, gossiping and note taking be instead spent praying for two things: (1) a sense of unity and charity within your community (priests and people) and (2) praying for vocations so that a few more of us might have the privilege of resident priests. That would be a far more useful and Christian way of using your time.
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