Fr. Scott's Thoughts:
A brief word about how I am setting my weekend schedule...
In a two-parish collaborative with only one assigned priest, seven Masses between Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening can be daunting. Add to that any Saturday morning funerals, weddings, whether with Mass or without Mass, and baptisms and it can be overwhelming. These parishes (and I!) are blessed to have some priests like Fr. George Carlson and Fr. Jack Predmore SJ to assist with the sacramental ministry in the parishes. These priests who assist us are not assigned to the parishes and are under no obligation to assist the parishes, but do so with generosity of spirit and a servant's heart. They assist us when they are available based on their other commitments and plans. Even though we are blessed by their ministry, it would be difficult, if not impossible, for the parishes to create a schedule assuming their weekly availability.
I am planning to focus my attention on one of the parishes each weekend and doing what is necessary to cover Masses that cannot be covered by our assisting priests in the other parish. For example, February 29/March 1 was a Cohasset weekend for me. I led the four Masses in Cohasset plus the Saturday 4:00 p.m. Mass in Hull. This weekend, March 7/8, is a Hull weekend. I am leading all of the Masses in Hull plus the Sunday 6:00 p.m. Mass in Cohasset. Next weekend, March 14/15 will be a Cohasset weekend for me. I will be leading all of the Masses in Cohasset. Benefits of this scheduling system include a regular rhythm and reasonable expectation for when parishioners will see me and allowing me to spend some time in the parish community before and after Masses without needing to race back and forth between Masses. There will be times when I will need to be flexible with this schedule based on the needs of each parish. Let's see how this works out over the next few months. Then we can reassess and adjust if necessary.