Sunday, June 3, 2012

Weekly Schedule

Orientation is finished. We are no longer on a special schedule. The weekly schedule has begun. Here it is in its basic framework:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
7:00 Meditation
7:15 Morning Prayer
7:30 Eucharist
8:00 Breakfast
9:30 Class
11:45 Midday Prayer
12:00 Lunch
Free Afternoon 
5:15 Meditation
5:30 Evening Prayer
6:00 Dinner
7:30 Night Prayer
7:45 Fraternal Discussions
Monday, Wednesday: Vocation Stories
Tuesday: Small Group Faith Sharing (from 7:30 to 8:15, followed immediately by Night Prayer)
9:00 Recreation

Thursday, Friday
7:00 Eucharist With Morning Prayer
7:45 Breakfast
9:00-4:00 Ministry
5:30 Evening Prayer
6:00 Dinner
7:30 Night Prayer
7:45 Fraternal Discussions
Thursday: Ministry Reflection
Friday: Community Review
9:00 Recreation

8:00 Meditation
8:15 Eucharist With Morning Prayer
9:00 Breakfast
10:00 House Chores
12:00 Lunch
Free Afternoon
5:00 Meditation
5:15 Evening Prayer
5:30 Off-Site Group Recreation

9:15 Morning Prayer (optional)
Eucharist (at any local parish)
Free Afternoon
4:30 Holy Hour
Exposition of Blessed Sacrament; Evening Prayer; Adoration; Benediction
5:30 Social
6:15 Dinner
7:30 Night Prayer
Free Evening On-Site

In addition to the weekly program schedule, brothers follow a liturgical schedule with rotating daily and weekly assignments; a fraternal service schedule with permanent teams and rotating chores; and a kitchen schedule with weekly assignments for cooking teams and setup/cleanup teams. This week, according to the liturgical schedule, I will read the antiphons for the psalms and canticles every day; according to the fraternal service schedule, my team will clean sinks, showers, and toilets on part of the second floor, with daily spot cleaning and weekend deep cleaning; and according to the kitchen schedule, I will work every day on the setup/cleanup team before and after every meal. (In fact, I've been appointed setup/cleanup team leader -- lucky me.)

A lot to remember? You bet. Welcome to fraternal life in a large friary.

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