Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherThirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Family,
This week is the first time in months that I went outside my house and thought, “This feels pretty good.” Slightly less humidity
and a little cooler. As I write it is day 17 of the AC in the rectory being on the fritz (well, half of it, anyway...) That’s why a pleasant outdoors is nicely timed. God provides when the permit office of the city of Fort Lauderdale does not.

fetscherTwenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Family,
Last week I said I would try and reflect on why I write these Twitches every week. Before I do I want to “announce” that we will have an Adult Confirmation Class beginning on Monday, January31st, at 7:00 p.m. Our parish celebration of Confirmation will be on April 3, 2016 with our good friend, Archbishop James Keleher. That’s Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter.

fetscherTwenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Family,
Someone remarked not too long ago that they didn’t read these Twitches. I suppose I can’t blame them. This isn’t really deathless prose. But I went back to see what I said in last week’s Twitch, and found myself saying, “Damn, that was good.” Now someone will finally read this letter and then go nuts because I wrote ‘Damn.” Ah well. Annie’s in Ireland so I might be able to get away with it.

fetscherTwenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Family,
Friday was the fifth anniversary of my installation at St. Sebastian as pastor. It hardly seems possible that five years have passed. But then I realized that last Monday was Annie’s 20th anniversary of coming to work at St. Sebastian. That plus the time she worked at St. Clement’s gives her 37 years in the Lord’s service. Of course we all know that the reason she worked all those years for all of us was because of the incredible salary.

What does time mean to any of us? I keep chuckling when I recall a comment someonemade last week about Pope Francis. He had already submitted his resignation (mandatory at 75, like pastors) as Archbishop of Buenos Aires in December of 2011. He was waiting for Rome to appoint a successor. So what do you do when you retire as being the Archbishop of a huge Archdiocese? You become Pope.

fetscherTwenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Family,
Last week I started the Twitch with, “What a week we have in store!” I think that’s the way it turned out. Although I’m writing this letter on Sept 22, I know already how much excitement and enthusiasm Pope Francis is generating.

Last Sunday, after hearing the Mission Appeal request for Amor en Acciónfrom Tery Gonzales and Monica Lauzurique, you contributed $2722 and we are still counting. There were 310 souls in our holy house last weekend and I’m just very proud of you. I can’t help but wonder if Pope Francis and his
sense of mission wasn’t inhabiting our air. Did his dedication to mission and the poor influence your wonderful and generous response?

fetscherTwenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
What a week we have in store! On Tuesday Pope Francis comes from Cuba. How fitting that the two countries he was instrumental in bringing together after 55 years are joined by his visit.

Dear Family,
On Thursday at 5:45 p.m. we will gather at St. Sebastian to celebrate A Mass for Peace. There will NOT be an 8:00 a.m. Mass in the Morning on Thursday so that as many of us as possible can gather Thursday Evening. After Mass, with a little luck, we will move to the Parish Center and celebrate Evening Prayer with Pope Francis in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York. We will be praying not only for peace, but for the Holy Father himself, that the Lord will give him strength and wisdom to continue his mission as peace-maker.

fetscherTwenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Dear Family, 
Last Sunday’s “Parish Picnic” blessed us.  Conceived and produced by the members of our Pastoral Council we just had a good time. 
Originally planned for the 30th the possibility of Erika forced a change to Labor Day weekend.  You know, I think we ought to keep it there.  We forgot to count the plates so we’re not quite sure how many of us were there, but I think it pushed 100. 

fetscherTwenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Dear Family, 
So why is it we all take off on Labor Day?  It’s supposed to be the day when we honor people who labor hard for a living.  After a lot of hard work a day off, with pay, doesn’t seem too big a deal, does it.  The history of the labor movement in this country says otherwise, and a lot of folk my age  can remember the many labor-management  battles over the years.  As I was still chewing on the “Do justice” theme of last week’s readings, I thought about how long justice was coming for many workers.  Fifty-five years ago, my dad worked for Rodi Boat Company here in Lauderdale for a fraction of the salaries that John Rodi was paying  his workers in his Chicago boat yard.  The  difference was a union.  Union was a dirty word in Flor- ida in those days. 

fetscherTwenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Dear Family,
I must apologize to “Tennessee” our service dog -in-training. I referred to ‘her’ as ‘him’ in my letter two weeks ago. As befitting her great disposition, she never said a word. Don’t forget, we’re having a party when we can all pet her once the training is over. Until then, whenever she has her training vest on, we resist petting her.

As usual, I’m writing this Twitch about five days before you read it. As I looked at today’s Scriptures, the refrain for our Psalm response caught my eye. “One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.”

fetscherTwenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time 
Dear Family,

Are you praying about the kitchen? Did you get around to reading Chapter Six of John’s gospel? … not necessarily in that order!

Marius considering kitchen options.

Marius has definitely considered the first question, judging by his affinity for icing. I’m not sure what being covered in icing means, however, so you probably need to keep up your prayers.

As for John’s Gospel, boy, what a powerful five Sundays we have had. We pictured in our minds the phenomena of mass feeding, commanding nature to become still, walking on water. Then Jesus pushes us to the incredible: to challenge us to believe that we must “eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood.”

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