That's how I felt today at Mass. We've been there 16 years and weathered 11 different priests. We have a new pastor who started in the spring and immediately made changes that were distressing, but we've been getting used to him and his style. Now, however, our beloved Choir director has moved on to a better situation, and while we wish him well, he was evidently doing more to maintain the status quo than any of us expected!
There's no word on a new music director yet, but the Lifeteen guy is in charge of making sure the Masses have cantors during August, or until a new director starts. I have not been contacted about cantoring at all. Eh, I can deal with that; I'm just waiting to see what happens.
So today, instead of checking out another parish, (I hate the thought of "parish shopping") we went to our usual Mass where there were complete strangers singing and playing the piano. They sang a song before Mass, and then they sang another song after the recessional hymn, giving the whole thing the air of a concert. I found it not only disturbing, but also quite strange considering the pastor's words about being "quiet" in the presence of our God before Mass. He even made us close our eyes before Mass!
Whoever the musicians were, they sang a completely different Mass setting from what we're used to. Is that because they didn't know ours? Is the pastor changing to this one for good? (Or until the Mass changes take effect at Advent?) But they didn't even stick with that setting for the whole Mass. The Gloria and the Alleluia were one Mass, and the Sanctus and Agnus Dei were from another.
I'm terrible about accepting change of any kind, especially when it isn't my idea! I'll admit that. I'm doing a lot of praying these days for my parish, the pastor, and for my family. We're struggling with what to do. Stick it out? He won't be there more than 6 years. (yikes.) Move on? The kids are already ready to go somewhere else. They hate the changes, too.
What would you do? If you don't have any suggestions, at least offer up a prayer for us! Thanks!