My wife, my daughter, my cousin and me started a church choir and we’ve been singing since September (I play the guitar in the choir, they sing). Well, several weeks ago I asked my priest if any celebration was going to be conducted for our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th. I live in a Mexican community and it is a tradition to sing songs dedicated to our Lady of Guadalupe right after mass, kind of a serenade. I play the accordion so I told my priest I wanted to play. The priest said that other choir was going to be in charge of that mass and that he was going to tell the person in charge of that choir that I wanted to play the accordion on that day. That person is supposed to be the coordinator of all the choirs in the church.
Well, I thought the priest had forgotten about it and suddenly on Saturday (December 6th) I was asked by several people if it was true that I was going to play the accordion at our Lady of Guadalupe mass on Thursday. It turns out that the priest told everyone at Mass on Saturday that I was going to be playing the accordion. After mass I told the priest that I thought he had forgotten about it and that I hadn’t had a chance to practice with the choir. He said that he had already told the choir coordinator and that he was supposed to call me to get organized. This was Saturday night. I then went home, started practicing by myself and writing down the lyrics to the songs that we could play.
On Sunday afternoon I called the choir coordinator (he plays in the choir at 11am mass) but got no answer. I then called his wife’s number and got no answer. During the day I called him several times but the phone would go straight into the voice message. At about 10pm I wrote him a friendly text message and in the message I told him that the priest had told me to get together with him to practice and that I needed to practice because sometimes I can be a little bit sloppy. I also told him about my attempts to reach him on the phone. I then gave him a smiley face and said good night and to call me so that we could get together. I read it several times before sending it to make sure it was a friendly text.
No answer. I then copied the message and text it to his wife. I then received a text saying “I never received any of your messages.” No greeting, not even a plan to practice. I’m assuming (maybe I’m wrong) that maybe he is not into the idea of me playing in his choir. Everybody has this idea that I’m going to be playing, even the priest asked me during mass, in front of everybody, if I was going to play and I said yes. But how can I do this if the choir playing in mass will not let me play. If I play without practicing with the choir, then I’m sure it will create a mess and our Lady of Guadalupe does not deserve that. But, she also does not deserve of me to just not play.
What’s going on? Is this one choir being envious of another choir belonging to the same church??? I wouldn’t mind having someone over in my choir if they wanted to play? Sorry for the long message, I just wanted to vent my frustration because I don’t plan on telling nobody about this, I will only tell the priest but I will ask him to keep it between us.
Please pray for me so that I don’t feel any anger or have bad feelings and also help me pray so that our Catholic communities are always together avoiding this kind of situations.