Another priest put his sleepless night to work (I've been working on a redesigning the format for the parishes bulletins) and put together a list of things on his Facebook page people may not know about priests [with my comments]:
- The absolute worst time to tell us anything important is in the receiving line after Mass. Don't expect us to remember... [He's right, you know]
- We are very flattered that people think of us when they go to Mass on their vacation, but we don't collect bulletins from other parishes.
- We don't have anyone cook for us. Most of us tend for ourselves [and most of us don't mind this].
- We aren't offended when people swear in front of us. "I'm sorry, Father," isn't necessary [or if it is, it ought to be necessary in front of anyone].
- Celebrating all the sacraments is a joy but, given a chance, 9 out of 10 priests would rather do a funeral than a wedding [there's a lot less paperwork involved].
- We go to confession to other priests, usually outside of the Diocese or to a spiritual director. We can't go to ourselves.
- We have one weekday that is our day off. The most popular day off is Monday [I prefer Friday because the parish does not have a Saturday morning Mass]. Obviously, we're busy on weekends.
- We don't sleep in clerical garb [and we often wear "normal people clothes" around the house]. Nor do we bathe in holy water.
- Words of support and encouragement are much appreciated. So is honest feedback. "I didn't understand your homily" would be a most welcome critique [along with an idea of where we lost you, otherwise the critique isn't of much use].
- We like other people saying a meal prayer from time to time.
- We don't remember most of everything that's said in the confessional because we hear so many [and we don't want to remember]. They all sort of run together...
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