I am a little stuck, and I would appreciate counsel from any of my 3 1/2, or 4 readers, most of whom, I imagine, are church musicians like myself.
I am not on salary, am paid per service, but am full time, for all intents and purposes.
I need to speak to my boss/pastor about a situation that has come up.
Feel free to criticize, or suggest better wording, or whatever, but this is more or less what I intend to call him and say tomorrow:
I received a call from [the school music teacher] yesterday looking for information about our copyright license and she mentioned to me that she didn't think she was going to be able to play for any of the 1st Communion Masses, but she didn't know yet about 1st Reconciliation.
I didn't really know what she was talking about but that evening when I went over to get ready for cantor rehearsal I found a note from [the Director of Religious Ed] in my mailbox, telling me when various rites and sacraments were occurring and who would be playing for the weekend Masses in which they were administered.
The note also said that [the music teacher] was going on vacation or something one weekend, so that I WOULD be needed for those Masses...
I didn't realize that my work schedule and therefore my income was at the [DRE's] discretion, or that my services might only be required at some of my regular Masses if the school music teacher wasn't available to take them.
Is that they way it is?
Whddya think? to the point enough without being too snarky?
I figure I WON'T go into this song-and-dance, though it's fun to imagine it:
I have had a sub in for exactly three Masses in the past 2 years, not three weekends, but three Masses.
If I go on a vacation should I tell the DRE so she can find someone to program and prepare and play the Masses?
Or should I wait to hear from her specifically if my services are needed, and assume I'm at leisure if I don't hear from her?