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fetscherDear Family,
So, tell me. Is any time really ordinary? Today is the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Did you miss the first nine? We had six of them before Lent way back in January and February. Lent and Easter came and weeks seven through nine just happened, hiding under Pentecost, Trinity and Corpus Christi Sundays. Finally, today the tenth Sunday emerges proudly in its own right!

You must think that either I’m desperate for subject material or I’m nuts if you have read this far. My point in bringing this stuff up is that the cycle of events that we celebrate throughout the year are at the core of the rhythm of our Christian life.

fetscherDear Family,
Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! Thank you!

I could continue those words over and over – in fact 348 times on this page, but there would simply not be enough room to cover the gratitude I feel.

I hope that these words will do for the moment for all those near and far, my family, old parishioners, faithful St. Sebites (new word), and especially the folk who worked so hard to pull off the greatest anniversary bash anyone could hope for.

I spent Memorial Day reading each and every card, often twice. You said a lot of nice things, but for me it was proof positive that the Holy Spirit can use anything to accomplish the Father’s will for us. I told some of you my ongoing prayer is, “Jesus, just don’t let me get in the way.” Sounds like He has been hearing my prayer... and I’m glad I didn’t realize it fully, or I could become insufferable, thinking that it was me instead of him.

fetscherDear Family,
Tomorrow we honor all those who have died while they served us in the military. (Veteran’s Day - Nov. 11 - is for all those who served, living and de¬ceased.) In the past this special day was also known as Decoration Day when the graves were decorated with flags. Check out Wikipedia for a very nice his¬torical summary. More to the point, especially to¬day, we honor and remember those deceased veter¬ans with our prayers.

As you read this, many of you will have been a part of the celebration of my 50th anniversary of ordi¬nation. As I write this, it hasn’t happened yet.

Maybe by the time the celebration comes I will be able to better explain why I have been a little reti-cent about making a big deal out of it. But I also need to say, from the depths of my heart, God for¬bid that the reticence ever be seen as ingratitude. Far from it. All the work that folk have done moves me to deeper sense of gratitude.

fetscherDear Family,
“Dunamis!” - the Greek word for power. Dynamism, dynamic, dynamite...
BOOM!
Remember last week, Ascension Day, we heard from the Acts of the Apostles? Early on, in verse 7 to be exact, Luke quoted Jesus as saying to his disciples, “You will receive power from the Holy Spirit.”
Ever since, I’ve been thinking about the word and what it means.
BOOM!
Unconsciously, at least ‘til now, I think I’ve tended to look on Pentecost as the feast that winds up the Lent-Passion-Death-Rising-Eastertide cycle. Next week we add Holy Trinity and then Corpus Christi, but I thought of those feasts as sort of add-ons. Pentecost really closed out the cycle, I thought...
Now, I’ve been contending with... you guessed it:
BOOM!

fetscherDear Family,
How many wonderful events can you cram into one Sunday? Well, we’re trying our best. And mine actually begins with the memory of two weeks ago when we blessed our new shrine in honor of Our Lady, Star of the Sea. This is the first Twitch since Archbishop Keleher blessed the new space. I’ve heard nothing but great feed-back since. Once again, thanks to Chris O’Connor for providing the garden in honor of his parents. (I’ve been searching the archives of Holy Mother Church to see if anyone ever wrote an anti-iguana prayer. So far, all I get are vague references to St. Francis of Assisi...)

fetscherDear Family,
What a word: Remain! Jesus tell his disciples to remain. The dictionary says, "to remain means to stay behind; be left behind; endure, abide, last."

Fr. Donagh O’Shea OP, remarked, “A favorite word in John's gospel and letters is 'abide' (or the rather colorless translation 'remain'): abiding in God, abiding in Christ, abiding in his word.... I counted thirty-seven. To abide is not to be a visitor, it is even more than being a friend, it is to be at home.”

In other words, Jesus told his disciples, ‘be at home in me. Be so comfortable with the idea of me being around that I become a part of the very air you breathe.’

fetscherDear Family,
Today is special because...

CONFIRMATION

Our good friend and periodic parishioner, Archbishop James P. Keleher, is confirming three of our young members. Yanelis Gacita, Ariana Guerin and Eavan Murphy will hear him say simply, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Then he will mark their foreheads with Chrism, the perfumed oil that symbolizes a new strength God gives them. Ariana and Eavan have been faithful altar servers for many years and we rejoice with them as they continue their faith-walks.

msgrjim1968 - May 25th - 2018
With Praise and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Ordination of Monsignor James F. Fetscher to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ on Friday, May 25th, 2018
5:00 pm Mass - Reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
R.S.V.P. by May 4th to :
Judy Fisher at 954.565.1625 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Annie via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please, no gifts. Your presence is present enough!

emmaus
Dear Family,

Father Larry Gillick, S.J. has written many reflections for the Creighton University Online Ministry. They publish meditations based on the daily scripture readings. I was really touched by this one and hope you like it as much as I did. – Fr. Jim

fetscherDear Family,
As the saying goes, man proposes, and God disposes. My hope and expectation was to celebrate The Sacred Three Days with all of you. I did, sort of, from afar.

Before anything else, from the depth of my heart, I want to thank Father Gary Wiesmann, Monsignor Mike Hippee and Father Antony Vayalikarottu for coming to celebrate the Holy Week liturgies. How blessed and fortunate we were to get men like these to fill in at the last minute in the most demanding celebrations of our whole liturgy.

Each of those men will probably tell you that the main reason it worked was because Annie Gardner made it work. If it wasn’t for Annie, I have no idea what we would have done. For me personally, maybe Annie was God’s way of showing me his mercy, and His timing couldn’t have been better.

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