For all those who may think Saturday is a day off for priests, think again. As it happens, Saturday is the best day for me to meet couples preparing for marriage; I am not free most weeknights, and they can't come during the work day. With confessions in the morning, I can usually meet two couples on a Saturday -- then I have to prepare for the vigil Mass.
This past Saturday followed that pattern, plus I had to wedge in a drive 30 miles north, to a retreat center where our 8th graders were on retreat preparing for confirmation. We had exposition and benediction for them. I got there just barely in time, I quickly briefed the server, and we had a holy hour. Then I had to fly back to the parish for 4 pm Mass.
After that, a baptism (with two parishes, I can only do baptisms on Sunday after the last Mass at St. Mary; so for folks at St. Boniface, we either do it during a Sunday Mass, or after the Saturday evening Mass.
After that, a party for the ushers at St. Mary; it was my idea, but I didn't do very much. Several of the ushers, with their wives, did all the work. My contribution was to bring some pop and beer. The reason for the party? Just to meet and get to know them. That got me back home around 10 pm.
This morning, up for 7 am Mass; then pick up doughnuts on the way to the 9 am Mass at the other parish; I needed doughnuts because I was meeting with some catechists -- again, a "get to know you" event -- after 9 am Mass. After that, I checked in with the parochial vicar, who hasn't been doing well (please pray for him), to see if he would still take Noon Mass; he said he could (and he did).
Back home around 11:30 am; after something to eat, I went out and shoveled my walk and my driveway; then a phone call to a man whose father died Friday; his funeral is Wednesday. I wanted to make sure all was in order; we'll talk Tuesday about the readings.
In a moment, I'm going to get my gear together and head to the airport to fly to D.C. for the March for Life. If the weather cooperates, I'll get into Baltimore around 7, into D.C. around 8. I have no idea where I'll concelebrate Mass tomorrow, but I'm sure I'll find out about something when I get there. After the march, I have a flight back tomorrow evening around 7:30 pm, if memory serves. Then back to the grind here on Tuesday -- although I'll probably take it easy then.