My other housemate Father William Orbih is also going home for a visit to Nigeria before his return for a full-force semester at Notre Dame as he begins his PhD program. It is our plan, as part of his collaboration with the parish, that he will be providing two extra daily Masses (with Confession time as well) on Monday and Wednesday evenings upon his return. So in a few weeks, starting August 19th, there will be another opportunity for the parish to receive the Sacraments of our daily renewal in the Christian life, at a time when those who work in the mornings are able to attend (probably 7:00pm). I have long wrestled with the problem that regular working hours are prohibited by our morning daily Mass time being so late, but also by the benefit that it is to the wider community (it is one of the latest Mass times). With this priest committing to our parish over the next years, we are able to reach both groups!
We did some work on the rectory to allow for a permanent resident in the basement. There are safety requirements for a second escape route which we have inexpensively accommodated via a larger window and escape ladder at the north end of the rectory. Fr. William is now safe, and I can still use the room upstairs, where he lived the first month, as a guest room.
See you next week for our parish “beach party” picnic (corn & sausage roast). God bless you and yours!