The Headcount Saturday Roller Coaster

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It has been a tense week around here as people discuss whether or not our parish will remain open.  There was good news that although attendance was low last week (perhaps due to the Fall Festival and a terrible storm), contributions were the same as previous weeks.  This week attendance was fairly high, and we are hopeful the collection was good as well.  Dare we to hope?

Then came the news that the neighboring diocese is moving from 108 parishes to 57.  Yikes.  I don’t know how they can afford to do that.  If you close too many churches, people aren’t going to drive several hours to attend a mega church and deal with the parking nightmares that come with it.  I can’t picture the frail seniors of our parish making lengthy trips.  They will simply choose to stay home and worship in their own way.  This will lead to less money coming in which will lead to even more closures.

In the sad event this parish closes, I guess my puppies and I will have to go to the Methodist church for our quiet time.  They have a lovely, peaceful corner for reflection…but it just isn’t the same.

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Things We Take for Granted

Cairn terrier sitting with marigolds.

Toby visiting the new statue and enjoying the marigolds.

At mass this weekend, the topic of parish closings came up.  It seems that with all of the scandal in the Catholic church, attendance is dangerously low (as is financial support), and there is a very real chance that we could lose our church.  For some reason I had never considered this as a possibility.

Our church isn’t one of the oldest, but it has been around for 50 years.  A lot of work has been done with building maintenance, improvements to the grounds and even adding a statue of the patron saint.  Not only is it a big part of the community, but it is where dog people in the area meet to talk and exercise their pups.  My boys grew up there and are known by everyone.

Since I have MCS, being in buildings with a lot of people wearing perfume and having cigarette smoke on their clothes is more than I can bear, so I haven’t attended mass in a good while.  I still participate in as many other aspects of the community as I can, however.

I didn’t realize until today just how much I would miss it if our church weren’t here.  I know a lot of other people are going through the same thing.  October is the month when then count attendance in order to determine which churches are closed and which kept open.  I am hoping to struggle through as many services as I can to do my part to keep this one open.  I hope that most churches are able to weather this storm and continue to provide good things for their communities for years to come.

Good luck with yours!

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