Saturday, September 08, 2007

Give Fr. a break

On another blog, sorry I can't remeber which-- someone remarked that it's a shame that parishes were closed on Labor Day and glumly noted that the priesthood has become too much like a regular job. Well, in defense of priests everywhere I have to say that it's not Father's fault. Unless he's a tough old dude who's been there for 20 years or a bright, young fearless lad most parishes are run by grisled, bitter lesbians or grouchy church ladies in polyesther stretch pants. They run the office. They decide if your issue is worth calling Father. They make bad enemies. They write long letters to the bishop and get answered. They would be as fierce as harpies if Fr. dared to suggest that they work on a holiday. It's a rare man who wants to face down angry women.


My parish is blessed with high testosterone and no nonsense young priests so the church was open on Labor Day and Mass went on as usual but again, my pastor is a saint and the parochial vicar is as brave as Aragorn. How many parishes have that?

4 comments:

PandaBean said...

Our priest always takes Mondays off, unless something comes up. Instead of a Mass, there is a simple communion service. He is also getting on in age and needs a little downtime to be able to keep up.

I personally think these wonderful, hard working men need to take some time off every now and then. They are "on call" for everything 24 hours a day. Our priest happily gives out his home phone number to anyone who asks for it, in fact I think he's listed in the phone book as well. If he's is always willing to give so much to us, why is it so hard to give him a little time to himself?

I do agree about not getting on the bad side of the church office ladies, that's one way to find your usual pew mysteriously "reserved" for a few weeks. :D

God Bless!

paramedicgirl said...

most parishes are run by grisled, bitter lesbians or grouchy church ladies in polyesther stretch pants. They run the office. They decide if your issue is worth calling Father.

Oh, this is so true! Sad, but true.

charlemagne said...

Of all the crazy things I have read on the internet THIS takes the cake! Say what you will about priests. We are use to the abuse and have developed thick skin. But to dare to suggest that parish staff should be treated as slaves, not even deserving of a holiday off to spend with family/friends takes the total lack of Christian charity displayed by so many out there in cyberspace to a new level.

How dare the holier-than-thou set complain because a priest doesn't force a poor secretary to be there to wait on their every whim at their convenience! I guess a truly good priest, with "high testosterone," would even make the staff work on Christmas Day. Why should such people, who are so obviously "grisled, bitter lesbians or grouchy church ladies in polyesther stretch pants" be given the slightest bit of consideration.

Am I the only one able who can see the total self-centeredness in such an unchristian attitude? The last time I looked the Gospel of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ stressed service to others. These people seem concerned only with having others wait on them. What a disgrace!!!!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"the parochial vicar is as brave as Aragorn."

I take it the parochial vicar is the one you call Father Aragorn?