Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Time seems to rush by. That means we are having fun, right? Well, if Oktoberfest is any measure, the word ‘fun’ is just right.

Saying thanks to all who made it possible isn’t something that’s obligatory. “Thanks” seems overwhelmingly inadequate, especially when little glitches raise their heads.

Our Brewmeister, the Keeper of the Kegs, Fred Schmid, had one of the challenges when he went to a lot of trouble to get an authentic Oktoberfest beer, only to discover it came with some mold. SO... necessity is the mother of invention and he quickly found another brew, which I thought was really good.

We needed a new brautwurst provider and the crew came up with a solution for Grillmeister Brian McMahon. The brauts got good reviews. Everyone at my table liked them including me.

Liz Calhoun was in San Diego on Thursday the night before the Fest, and Elli Hurst our Gesell-schaftmeisterin, (which means the lady who chairs the whole show), was in Bangalore on the prior Wednesday. Talk about coming from the four corners to our party. Liz did publicity and ran tickets along with Connie Reed, the mistress of the split strips.

The place looked great because Judy Fisher and Dottie Nolen plied their decorative skills. The newly painted hall (by our Patricio Diaz-Pizzaro and his friend Amilio Nieves) enhanced the whole environment.

You know that underlying it all is Annie Gardner. When Elli got in from India, she glowed about everything going well because of Annie. Brian, Elli and Annie were in the kitchen Thursday night slicing cucumbers, and along with them, Linda Gnable was making friends with potatoes for the great salad. What a team.

So many things people don’t see conspire to throw a good party. I just say, “Thank you, God, for our great people who do it.”

My special congrats to Emmanuel Falaguerra, an honest-to-goodness registered parishioner, who won the 50/50 drawing.

Here’s to the Fish Fry in the Spring. (March 27) Let me shift subjects a little.

One of our good parishioners shared an idea about preparing for Christmas by starting a little box in your home at the beginning of Advent. Each day during Advent you add a food item. You bring the boxes here on Christmas Eve and we make sure it gets to the poor.

We are so blessed to be able to work with the St. Vincent de Paul ministry at Blessed Sacrament under the guidance of Steve Flood. No one more than Steve earns a special, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” We’ll publish a list of suggested stuff in the bulletin to help you assemble the basket.

Maybe that list will give you more ideas for our regular shopping carts at the doors of the church year-round.

Thanks to the many of you who were so kind in remembering Bubba. Like many a good friend that you lose, I still turn around looking for him to want to go for a walk.

I hope the Great Pumpkin made an appearance in your pumpkin patch, but if he didn’t then maybe all the trick-or-treaters turned out to be welcome visitors instead. Like Linus, we will wait for next year.

In Jesus,
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