I went back to work today after a month long summer recess. I should have stayed home.
PROBLEM #1: The first thing I saw was the total destruction of my Good Shepherd Catechesis Atrium due to the archdiocese's program to provide universal pre-K and get state funds for doing so. Even though we no longer have a parish school, a neighboring parish school was planning to use space in our building to participate in this program. The pastor and I were assured by the archdiocesan rep that the room could have a dual use and I would be able to run my religious education program for 4 & 5 year olds in the space I and my staff had designed. While I was gone, the archdiocese moved so much furniture into the room that the teacher hired to set up the program had to move all of my furniture out into the hallway. Needless to say the pastor and I are livid. We are not blaming the poor teacher or even the principal of the neighboring parish's school. We are blaming the wretched, duplicitous archdiocesan staffer who said anything in order to get her way and then presented us with a very different fait accompli when the the pastor and I returned from our respective vacations.
PROBLEM #2: The contractor who was supposed to upgrade our computers, transferring all data to the new machines, while we were on recess didn't quite finish the job. My secretary returned to a new computer but one that was locked down: no internet, no password, no access even to normal databases. I returned to no computer at all. We are under deadline to get the welcome back mailing out by Thursday. Hard to do with no computer access.
PROBLEM #3: During a month of disuse, our photocopier succumbed to the humidity and simply refused to function until a repairman came out and cleaned and coaxed her back into health. Now, if we could only access the welcome back documents on our computers, we could photocopy them for mailing. But, oh yeah, we can't do that because we don't have access to our computers.
My blood pressure and stress levels are surely double pre-vacation levels. I think God is telling me it is time to retire.