Why not just call and ask? Call before hand next time to be sure a priest will be there for confessions.
Because if it is printed on their weekly bulletins, then I or anyone else shouldn't have to call. We trust that they will stick to their word (and their work).
That's quite true, but things happen, schedules can get mixed up, people get called away. Why look for some thing sinister behind this mix-up when it could be something quite innocent? A simple phone call will ensure that you are not inconvenienced again.
Before presuming that it could be "something quite innocent," it might be
good to know, what was the content of the "printed message
in the vestibule, posted up behind the glass?"
About 10am, a woman came in and went to a few others and whispered something, which then filtered back my way. The message was that confession was cancelled - something about scheduling conflicts - and that there was even a printed message in the vestibule. Now I can't excuse my ignorance for not scanning every little thing posted up behind the glass, but I really can't find any excuse for 'cancelling.' I recall that the announcement that the Third Secret of Fatima would
not be released, not now, and probably not ever, was made by way
of a printed message, a short one of about 30 words, that appeared
in January of 1960 in a small Italian secular newspaper as an
advertisement or a Public Service Announcement, without any author
or source noted, and the newspaper had no answer regarding from
whom it came.
Also, the fact that they're cutting back on Confessions at St. Dominic's
raises more eyebrows:
My family and I (and others) were told that there would also be no confessions heard at St. Dominic's on the Sundays when Masses were held. What is going on here? Is it because no one is sinning anymore and they've got to economize? Is ICC and St Dominic's taking a page from the Novus Ordo business plan and offering confessions once-a-week-every-week-for-a-half-hour? Are parishioners being punished because we're getting in the way of priestly 'me time?' Sorry to interrupt the snooker game in the rectory, gentlemen, but come on! Our bulletin has a quarter page dedicated to the sick; am I to assume that sacraments, the elderly, or the infirm are now inconveniences?
You know, a half hour is pretty thin. To be real, sometimes one
penitent can take a half hour -- are you going to have some kind
of blanket policy that pushes them to hurry through it, thereby
trivializing their delicate or pivotal situation? If the salvation of
souls is the highest law of the Church, giving the requisite time for
each penitent in Confession ought to be a high priority, like one of
the highest of all priorities across the board!
With 6 priests on hand, there really should be time for Confessions.
I would hold the rectory to providing some explanation for this policy
change. They can't expect to pull this off without anyone asking
So, it's not going to be via an honest announcement for all to hear,
but whatever the "newpolicy" is, will be given out (if at all!) by way
of individual phone calls.
Okay, then, everyone who was turned away, basically, should be
calling the rectory asking questions. If they can't find time to make
an honest announcement for everyone, then they must be planning
on having a ready answer at hand for dozens of phone calls. And
don't fall for them saying "to spread the word" or whatever. It's their
job to let everyone know what's going on.