The school year for us is filled with a routine. Ours revolves around school and school activities. Our daughters are involved in a variety of activities ranging from theater to basketball to show choir. Needless to say, most of our weeknights are action-packed and many of the Saturdays are filled as well. During these busy months we try to always keep one constant – our Sunday morning mass at St. Therese Church. It may seem crazy at times, but during those crazy times it’s always nice to have our Sundays set aside for faith and family.
Then comes summer. (Cue Olaf’s In Summer!)
The summer months come along and structure is thrown out the window. There are family vacations, weddings, reunions, camps, etc, etc. Unfortunately during this time it’s easy to fall out of any type of routine.
Maybe you’re camping and are a long ways from a church. Maybe you were out late catching up with your high school classmates you haven’t seen in 20 years, so you miss another service.
Unfortunately, our routine gets broken up and we lose track of our Sundays. One week gets added to another and all of the sudden we’re done with summer and back to school.
We’ve tried to break that trend here. It doesn’t matter if we’re on a family trip or out with our former classmates, we have consciously tried to get to our Sunday Masses. We definitely don’t get to our home church each week, but then we get some variety. We go to our hometown church and then get to find some new churches that we may have never been too when we’re on a trip.
So here’s a few things we do to keep us on track:
- Sign up as a lector, server, usher, cantor etc. This is a time of year when your parish ESPECIALLY needs you. Families are flung to the winds and volunteers are scarce.
- Find a “backup” local Mass time. For us it’s the Sunday evening 6:00 service at another Catholic church a bit down the road.
- Plan for a nap. After a long night out on Saturday, that alarm clock is my worst enemy. It’s painful to wake up after a short night of sleep. However, since I know I have brunch and a nap waiting for me, keeping a date with an early Mass time becomes exponentially easier. Added bonus is that the earlier Masses seem (to me) to be quieter and more reflective than later times.
- Before leaving for vacation, make a list of churches with their addresses and mass times. And do it for multiple churches because plans change. I had a training in Vegas and one session ran late, so my planned Mass time was a no-go. Luckily I had the mass times and addresses for 2 different churches handy.
And finally, don’t stress out if you get a mass time wrong. I once checked Mass times online for the Cathedral in Austin (beautiful, btw). Unfortunately the posted times were wrong or I read them wrong and we walked in right before the Our Father. A priest friend of mine later assured me that one is able to receive communion if they have properly prepared their heart and mind.
What are some of the ways that you make sure you don’t miss a single Sunday in the summer time?
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