Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy. On the contrary, you will become what the Father had in mind when he created you, and you will be faithful to your deepest self. Grace is multiplied among people. (Pope Francis Gaudete et Exsultatae 1:32)

Those words appear on the top of the certificates that each of the honorees received last Sunday as representatives from 110 parishes gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our Archdiocese.

It was an impressive gathering. Bill Fuccillo and Judy Fisher were our representatives. Joan, Bill's wife, Annie Gardner and I motored down to the Cathedral together. The Archbishop greeted each of the 220+ honorees with their pastors, and even got a picture in. Annie waited after the 90-minute Vespers ceremony to get copies for Bill and Judy. We share it with you below, once again thanks to Annie. No one seemed to mind as each parish went forward because I think everyone was happy for everyone.

It really picked up Pope Francis's theme, "grace is multiplied among people." At the bottom of the certificate the theme continued: (The Archdiocese) celebrates in thanksgiving your gifts as you " the parish community to become a family where the rich and complex reality of the Church is found."

Nothing could make me happier than being the pastor of a bunch of great people who understand what community really means. Some few might be slow learners, but they'll get it. In the meantime, I'm yours

In Jesus,
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