Catholic-priest

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Lucifer + his Priestly gestures (x

Headcanon: Before McCree was an outlaw, he studied in a Catholic seminary. While he often got in trouble for carousing, troublemaking, and numerous mean-spirited pranks on classmates and staff, he managed to skirt by enough to graduate. To this day, regardless of his crimes, Jesse McCree, outlaw, gunslinger, Blackwatch agent, is still, technically, an ordained Catholic priest.

- Submmitted by thewordywarlock.

anonymous asked:

Probably a bit of a change of pace from questions relating to sin and despair: what's the daily life of a priest like (or at least that of a parish priest)?

Hello anon:

Well, as you might imagine, we don’t get holidays off, like Christmas and Easter. And the weekends are *not* days of rest, but the hardest work days of the week. The priest’s Saturday is like your Monday. We never say “Thank God it’s Friday” but “Oh sheit!” hahaha. Saturdays have baptisms, weddings, quinceañeras, and Sunday vigil Masses, in California at least, and many of these ceremonies are all done by one priest. It’s more stressful than Sunday, because you deal with more unchurched people and with relatives who are tense that everything go just right for their baptism, wedding, etc. 

Sunday evening, after the last Mass, is “omg, I can’t believe I made it through the weekend. Just shoot me already.” If a priest has the energy, he might catch a movie of a relaxing dinner. Monday comes along and some priests get up and go into the office to oversee the banking, deposits, and repairs and business decisions. Me, I sleep in. I don’t want to see the money or the checkbook and just want to hear the messages that came in over the weekend. 

Yes, I know the toilet in the women’s bathroom is acting up. Yes, I know that the kids were running and climbing in the garden next to the church building. Yes, I know we need to order more votive candles. Yes, I know that they are starting the kitchen repairs for the hall today. After 20 years of pastoring, I just want my Monday to be peaceful. And if I’m in a mood, I disconnect the phone in my rectory bedroom and turn off the cell, because I just need to rest and catch up on email and personal messages. If a priest is visiting from somewhere, that’s it. I’m dropping everything because welcoming and entertaining a brother priest is numero uno first priority and only a gasping, dying person needing last rites can interrupt me.

Monday thru Friday.
This is totally different for every priest. I never go to the gym. Instead, I take my German Shepherd for walks around the park and the parish grounds, which lasts around 45 minutes. But in the morning, the priest’s day usually starts with getting up early, doing his routine of grooming, which usually means showering, although some priests prefer to shower later in the day. The coffee or tea pot goes on and if there is time for a little breakfast, that will be had but if it will interfere with the one hour fast, it will have to wait till after morning Mass. Between Mass and heading into the office, the priest has a little free time. He may run off pick up something at the drug store or call people or write an email. Then in the morning there are appointments, counseling, or funerals. Late morning may involve a meeting or luncheon with a group like the ministerial association of ministers in town, or being at a diocesan conference with the bishop, or a priest’s luncheon, or visiting people at the hospital or in their homes.

After lunch, a priest may take a nap or have a break in his day to prepare for late afternoon and evening work. Some guys go right back to the office for appointments, or head to their chapel for prayer and spiritual reading. Then there is parish business: reading mounds of correspondence, like the bills that come in, the letters from people, the diocesan correspondence on upcoming events, and messages from phone calls that have to be returned. There will also be meeting with contractors to settle on repairs and improvements, meeting with custodial people to deal with cleaning and maintaining parish grounds, and dealing with restocking the parish hall, office, CCD center, and rectory. In large cities, priests have staffs to handle the business of being a plant manager, but in smaller parishes the pastor does all of that business himself, even grocery shopping.

Under appointments, there are affairs of outreach to be dealt with: social service and outreach, like a food pantry, or supporting a parish group that is going to a rally or meeting about pro-life, gang violence, religious freedom rally, etc. 

There are also appointments for personal issues regarding marriage crisis, divorce, separation, abortion, sexual molestation, domestic violence, alcohol, substance, and sex addictions, depression and anxiety attacks, youth in crisis and delinquency, financial problems, job loss, dark nights of the soul and loss of faith issues. These come out of nowhere and sometimes there is a crisis which requires the priest to leave the office immediately, such as when a parishioner has been found dead in their home or a person who was sick has taken a turn and is now in their “last agony” (dying at any moment).

Business in the office revolves around the bulletin getting written and printed up, the financial accounts that have to be supervised dealing with the parish, building fund, savings, and parish group accounts, and all the “propaganda” that involves getting the word out on parish programs and retreats, etc. Priests spend time writing up proposals for their parish groups, writing spiritual and doctrinal pamphlets, and ordering and putting away all types of religious supplies connected to ministry. Finally, a priest has to look over the readings for Masses he will preach at so he can prepare some kind of outline or homily for those Masses.

The later afternoon might involve a trip to the gym, or a trip into town for shopping, or previewing materials for religious education, such as watching part of a DVD that they want to show in confirmation or RCIA. I try to catch up on some reading, spiritual booklet, or email correspondence. Later afternoon is also a time when I supervise volunteers who come to give service hours to the parish and I take them through the part of the parish grounds that need attention and get them going on their project. On the rare occasion, the later afternoon will deal with meetings with some group connected to ministry, although most groups prefer evening meetings.

The evening is a time for dinner and then some ministry of presence. Priests stop in and visit Legion of Mary, or Charismatics, or youth group, or religious education, or RCIA, or Knights of Columbus, or groups related to school, fundraising, and parish council or finance council. There are also confession hours, Holy Hours, novenas, and religious services of one kind or another. Evening is a popular time for marriage prep courses as well or one on one meeting with engaged and married couples, or families that are planning an upcoming funeral that you are going to offer for their deceased. After all ministry is finished, the priest has private time for prayer, spiritual reading, and watching a favorite TV program, before retiring to bed.

On occasion priests step into the community social events and sports games, so in the evening you might see the priest at the high school football game or the dinner of the Lion’s Club. Friday rolls around and eventually you wind the week down with wedding practices and getting the church ready for the weekend. My Friday evening is when I hear confessions, which can be from one hour to two and a half hours, depending. One day a week, the priest has a day off, during which he can do whatever he wants to relax. Then it is Saturday and Sunday.

I hope this gives you a little idea of some of the things that occupy the priest’s time. This is only a partial list, as there are other things a parish priest must do but I didn’t want this post to go on too long. God bless and take care! Fr. Angel