I live in a small town and our Parish Priest refuses to give weekday Mass. I understand our Priest has had some medical problems and he says that he has permission from the Diocese Bishop, but he refuses to have someone else come and assist him. Not even a Deacon. November 1st, a Holy Day of Obligation, he even locked the gates to the Parish so that no one would enter and be outside of Church. Today he went on vacation to Tucson, where the Diocese is and it turns out that there is a priest from Tucson that lives here. They had arranged that our Priest was going to celebrate Mass in Tucson and that the Tucson priest was going to celebrate mass here, but then he changed his mind. Our Priest is still going to celebrate Mass in Tucson for Thanksgiving but he will have our Parish closed. I don’t know what’s going on. He also dislikes all the Church groups like the charismatic / renovation group, Cursillo Group, etc. The Bishop has been informed about this and the only thing he said was that he understood that this was a big parish in need of assistance. Our Parish only has a Deacon but his is in his 70s and has problems of his own and in the city, 30 minutes from here, the bulleting has a long list of Deacons and Priests for each of the parishes there. Why does the Bishop not want to send some of those here? Our Parish Priest claims that he does not let no other priest come celebrate Mass here when he is not here because then he has to pay them money to come here!
Please pray for my parish. I feel that our community is dying and parishoners are starting to form groups at their homes doing weird things. There’s a lady who claims that the Virgin Mary appeared to her and that the Virgin Mary gave her a rock, and she brings the rock with her and everyone kisses the rock!!! It’s been reported but nothing has changed!!! Others have joined protestant churches.