Well, a day late.
Midnight Mass on New Year's Eve was a success, about 40 or so showed for the Mass, singing was all unaccompanied, with the priest and two seminarians present chanting the Salve Regina as a post Communion reflection.
New Year's Day was a quiet start. We only had one Mass at the Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop Pilarczyk, using the option of the World Day of Peace. (Shhh.... I skipped out!) Instead, we had a priestly formation group gathering which normally takes place on the last Wednesday of the Month on New Year's Day instead. Since we're spread through the diocese, we met this week in Sidney, up north. Seven of us gathered, as a number of the brothers had other obligations, family and stuff, but we had a grand time in their absence.
Since I had a quiet morning, I showed up wearing jeans and fleece pullover and was met at the door by the parochial vicar wearing his cassock! Boy, did I feel underdressed! Next two guys show up in clerics, hmmm..... priest number 5? Cassock! RATS! #6 had civies on as well, WHEW!!!
The tie was broken by priest #7 who had clerics on, but the collar unbuttoned. Alas.
Anyway, a good day of conversation, prayer and formation, a nice start to the year.