Pastor’s Letter June 25, 2017: Liturgy of the Word with Communion; Priest Shortage
Due to the diminishing number of priests in parishes over the past several decades, many parishes that used to have multiple priests have been reduced to one-priest parishes. Holy Rosary used to be a multiple-priest parish. This shortage of priests has made it more difficult to schedule a daily mass every day of the week. A solution was to have a “communion service”, that is, a Liturgy of the Word with Communion.
After some discussion about these shifting patters and what would be the appropriate response the Committee for Liturgy at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Archdiocese of Seattle some years ago issued norms which state that the use of the Rite of Distributing Holy Communion Outside Mass only be used in rare and exceptional circumstances. Respecting these norms, as of July 1st we will not be having a scheduled “Communion Service” on Saturdays. However it should be noted that there is a regularly scheduled Saturday Mass at a nearby parish, St. Mark in Shoreline, at 9AM, for those who wish to participate in the Eucharist that day. Thank you to all who have assisted in this ministry over the years.
I look forward to the day when we can have two priests assigned again to Holy Rosary. Until then we must pray that God will send us more vocations and support every effort to foster vocations. Four fine young men were ordained to the priesthood on June 3rd; this is not enough to sustain our Archdiocese. I commend and laud the efforts of our own Serra Club in this regard. We are blessed to have one of the most active Serra Clubs in the Archdiocese. The Serrans are committed to praying daily for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.