Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
“Dunamis!” - the Greek word for power. Dynamism, dynamic, dynamite...
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.
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:

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...


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!

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.

fetscherDear Family,
“Jesus Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!”

That’s what it’s been about. That’s what it is about. That’s what it will be about.

One of the nicest experiences I have had in a long time was the time I spent with Molly Cowart, as she prepared to become our newest member. We baptized her (last night) at this year’s Easter Vigil celebration.

Among other resources, we went through a book called “Christ Among Us.” I still think it’s one of the best presentations of the Catholic Faith. It’s been around for fifty years, but went through numerous revisions and updates, so it has a very relevant freshness. But in my years, I’ve never had the pleasure of someone delving so thoroughly into the theology and history of the church as Molly did.

fetscherDear Family,
Hosanna to the Son of David.” What would it have been like to be one of the crowd crammed into the streets of Jerusalem seeing this guy everyone is talking about?

I could only answer that question if I had been one of those people with all their hopes, expectations, disappointments, and fears of one who belonged to a subjugated nation.

Who will deliver us from the Romans? Who will restore our nation to its freedom and independence? As Mark tells it, the crowd cried out, “Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!” There it is. The Kingdom. Jesus was a means to an end, not the end itself. Freedom from foreign domination! That’s the headline.

fetscherDear Family,
So, are we on “Retreat” this week or are we on a “Mission?” The words seem almost opposed. When I was a kid “mission” was the big word; the men’s mission, then the women’s mission – each lasting a full week. During those two weeks the kids in school got a mission during the day, too. We loved it. Anything to get out of class, even if it was a pretty strong-voiced (usually Redemptorist) preacher who we called the “missioner.”

Merriam-Webster says retreat means withdrawing from the unpleasant or ceasing warfare and only then speaks of retreat as a spiritual exercise.

When it comes to mission, the dictionary offers a religious meaning as its first billing, “a course of sermons and services given to convert the unchurched or quicken Christian faith, e.g. a preaching mission.

So, in the next three days, Monday through Wednesday, are we to be converted or quickened? I suspect it’s a little of both. That’s my prayer.

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