The Epiphany of the Lord, January 5, 2020

During the period from the first full week of January (Jan 6-10, 2020) and the following week (Jan 13-17, 2020) we will only have one priest at the Cathedral. Consequently, during that time we will need to reduce the number of weekday  Masses to make it manageable for one priest.

The Saturday and Sunday Mass schedule will not be affected. On the weekdays, Monday through Friday we will continue to have Mass at 6:30 a.m. each day, but the 8:00 a.m. Mass will only be offered on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday. In other words, there will not be an 8:00 a.m. Mass on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday.

In the course of a typical week as you know, we have been celebrating Mass fourteen (14) times at the Cathedral and offering Confessions for seven hours. We also have Mass at Sacred Heart School and scarcely a week goes by without one or more funerals. After discussing this with the other parishes it became apparent that within a 3-mile radius, Mass is being offered every day at least four (4) times!

We are very edified that so many people who make the effort to attend weekday Mass to give God glory and to grow in their spiritual lives. We do, however, have to face the fact that in just the recent months the number of priests in our three parishes in the city of Gallup has been reduced by three! This makes us realize how fervently we need to be asking the “Master of the harvest to send out laborers” by praying for vocations to the priesthood.

We choose to reduce the 8 a.m. Masses because the 6:30 a.m. Mass is more likely to be attended by parishioners who cannot attend an alternative Mass time because of work. We will list all the available weekday Masses in the city of Gallup during the period. I will say that there is a strong likelihood that this pattern will continue even after we return to two priests for the above mentioned reasons. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause some faithful Mass goers, but we pray that you will understand our situation.

Monday: 6:30 a.m. Cathedral

    7:15 a.m. St. John Vianney

            11:00 a.m. LSOP           

     5:15 p.m. Communion Service St Francis

Tuesday: 6:30 a.m. Cathedral

    8:00 a.m. Cathedral

           11:00 a.m. LSOP

      5:15 p.m. St. Francis

      5:30 p.m. SJV

Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. Cathedral

           7:15 a.m. SJV

          11:00 a.m. LSOP

5:15 p.m. St. Francis

Thursday: 6:30 a.m. Cathedral

      9:00 a.m. St. Francis

           11:00 a.m. LSOP

          5:15 p.m. St. Francis

5:30 p.m. SJV

Friday: 6:30 a.m. Cathedral

8:00 a.m. Cathedral

11:00 a.m. LSOP

5:15 p.m. St. Francis

5:30 p.m. SJV

Fr. Keller  

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