[quote="Phemie, post:1, topic:316096"]
Just got a call from the chair of the Liturgy Committee:
"When do we remove the Holy Water from the stoups during Lent?"
"Holy Thursday, after the Mass of the Lord's Supper."
"That's what I thought. Fr. just emptied them tonight."
Here we go again. Why can't we just get a Pastor who says the black and does the red??
We were thrilled when he came because he genuflects at the appropriate time, he receives Communion before distributing it to the EMHCs and altar servers and he reinstated regular confession -- all things his predecessors didn't do.
But two weeks ago he informed me that there will be no baptisms during Lent and now, obviously, there will be no Holy Water available for anyone either. Tonight at Mass he also invited men, women and children to sign up to have their feet washed on Holy Thursday, although he had been informed that in our parish only men had their feet washed. He doesn't agree with that.
It's almost time for the annual slew of threads about Paschales Solemnitatis, isn't it? :rolleyes:
I used to be very serious about the drained fonts you describe. Someone wrote a piece about absurdity of depriving Catholics of an important sacramental like holy water during a season like Lent and it really resonated with me.
Successive pastors didn't care (whatever made life easiest for them) but members of the liturgical committee drained them each year throughout Lent. Finally one year I had a priest from outside the parish bless 10 gallons of holy water for me. (I had saved and very thoroughly washed 10 one gallon milk jugs.) Every Sunday morning I would fill the fonts (it took two gallons per week). All heck would break loose during the week between the pastor and the liturgy committee. Each knew I was doing it and both knew I was simply following the Church's directions. Finally the pastor had reached his limit. He said we were going to follow the Church's instruction on the matter and that was that. It has not been an issue since but there are people still very bitter about the matter.
Today I would simply provide the information to the pastor and pray. I still want the wrongs righted, but I also don't want to let the process consume me as it does so many others. It would be fair to say that the liturgy committee at my parish today spends more than 50% of its time fighting about such things. I find that to be terribly sad.
I also have to roll my eyes when people read a document and then get upset when their interpretation of it is not followed. I get a chuckle when someone claims their interpretation of a Church document is THE correct one.
Make the pastor fully aware and then pray. Unless it's a grave matter, getting all bent out of shape is sure to do even greater harm.