Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
On the weekend of DECEMBER 6-8, throughout the Archdiocese of Miami will have our second WELCOME WEEKEND. Archbishop Wenski has challenged us to invite another person to come to our parish and parishes throughout the Archdiocese.

The intent of Welcome Weekend is simply to open the doors of the parish wide and encourage parishioners to personally invite others they know to “come and see” the Catholic Church for themselves, as their guest. These guests may be family members, extended family, friends, neighbors, or those “the world may consider ‘the least, the last, and the lost’.” They may be Catholics, drifted away Catholics, members of another church, or the rapidly increasing “nones.” (“Nones” are none-of-the-above.)

It’s a month away but time sure does fly. I’ve been thinking about a couple of things we might consider, including perhaps a Friday evening (the 6th) gathering we could call “Everything-you-wanted-to-know-about-the-Catholic-Church-and-were-afraid-to-ask” session.

The Pastoral Council is having a special meeting at the rectory this Thursday, November 14th, to do a little plotting and planning.

Considering all the stuff we’ve been through as a church in recent years, this could be a good time to let people know who we really are, and who we really hope to be. All we need to do is give the Holy Spirit a little space to move around, and some willing hearts and hands to work with. Stay tuned.

And speaking of the rectory, some of you may know that the place has been fairly well torn up to remove some ancient carpeting that many felt smelled very bad to be blunt. I couldn’t notice it, but I guess you can get used to anything.

So... except for the two back rooms where I live which were tiled, every piece of carpet was torn out. We thought we could refinish the terrazzo which would have suited the style of the house, but by the time all the carpet-nail holes got patched (which might or might not match the existing terrazzo) we realized cost-wise, it was a break-even deal. The furniture shifted from one place to another to allow the new flooring to be put down.

And as usual, Annie and Patricio were in the middle of it trying to make sense out of piles of things. You’ve heard me say often how blessed we are in the both of them, but this has been (and continues to be) one of those above and beyond the call of duty moments. I’ve had to do a little doctoring and it just makes me that much more grateful to them (and not a little guilty watching and not lifting...)

As usual, Annie is patiently waiting for me to finish this Twitch to send off the bulletin. So, if you have a few less words to read, would you speak a few good words of thanks to the Lord, not only for Annie and Patricio but also the volunteers like Carol and Judy and the party throwers like Sue and Scott, and a saintly housekeeper, Miriam, who sweeps as I write... No them... no us.

In Jesus,
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