Twilight Twitches

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
You are reading a Twitch provided by one of us (a St. Sebastian parishioner) because our Pastor is completing his well earned vacation. I will try to be relevant as well as inspirational.

Several weeks ago, on Trinity Sunday I heard Monsignor Fetscher say, “if you want to know what you believe, listen to what you pray.” That sentence resonated with me because so often in church we miss the opportunity “to listen to what (we) pray.” Monsignor has tried to increase our awareness (and listening) by slowing down our reciting of the Lord’s Prayer. However, there are some who continue to rush through their recitation to see who can finish fastest. Not only does this prevent listening to what is being prayed but - at best - it disrupts the sense of community that is conveyed by praying together.

teachustoprayIn addition to the speed of praying, the words of the prayers are also important. This past weekend as we saw the devastation of hurricane Harvey in Texas, how many of us silently recited - if not thought of - the prayer we recite at Mass during the hurricane season. We ask God to “protect us and all your people during this season of storms and hurricanes.” Prayer brings us comfort and the words define our communication with God.

We need to remind ourselves about the prayers we know or should know. I am referring specifically to the Mass responses. Sometimes our responses are barely audible. Last week I attended a funeral for a Catholic friend and there were no missalettes in the pews. Consequently, when the priest turned to the people for our responses, there was almost silence. For those of us over 60 (and I know that is most of us), I think it is disconcerting that we can become so remote from our Mass that we cannot recall our responses.
Finally, let’s remember listen to what we pray. Listen for new prayers. In every Mass there is a prayer before the readings called the Collect. I recall Monsignor highlighting this prayer by saying “let us pray with the church worldwide.” The Collect is often repeated during the week. I found last week’s Collect especially profound. “O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire.”

May that be our prayer for each other!
President Pastoral Council

PS: Please consider letting Monsignor know if you would be willing to serve on our Pastoral Council. This is an opportunity to know your Parish and to share your insights to shape our future.

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