With the last few days being busy I have had little time to post. Some good news though: the new translation of the Missal - the corrected translation, is going down very well in Rathkenny. The daily Mass goers know the new responses off by heart - they are correcting me when I slip. The Sunday Mass goers used the responses for the first time last Sunday and I must say I am impressed - they prayed them with gusto! No complaints there at all. After the Saturday Vigil one parishioner said: "Father, isn't the new translation beautiful?" Overwhelmingly positive. The Congregational Cards are disappearing - I had to put out a new batch this morning - people are taking them home to read and learn.
So things are going well here in Rathkenny. Contrary to the expectations of the critics in the ACP, there is no revolt, just people who are interested in the change, understand why it was necessary and they are just getting on with it. Perhaps it is a case that I am just blessed with great parishioners (and that's true) but I think my experience is being reflected elsewhere. Indeed a brother-priest in a nearby parish has been using bits of the translation for a while and his parishioners love it.