Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Welcome to our visitors, most especially the invited neighbors and friends of our parishioners. This weekend, throughout the Archdiocese, parishes are celebrating Welcome Weekend. The idea is to try and let people know something about the Church.

In one sense, I’m wondering why we are doing this because I hope we would always be welcoming. Maybe it’s because I just opened a note I received.

fetscherDear Family,
Happy New Year!

No, I’m not early. Today is the first day of the Church’s Liturgical year. Today we begin to celebrate anew the events that shape our path to heaven. Matthew will be our gospel writer for the year, the “A” cycle. (Mark is “B,” and Luke is “C.” John pops up during special times including Advent, Lent and Eastertime in all three years.)

I’m sure you were laying awake last night wondering about the liturgical cycles, weren’t you? Personally, I’m grateful because there is a certain genius in the organized flow. Despite occasional evidence to the contrary, the Church is nothing if not organized.

fetscherDear Family,
On Thursday we will gather for our Thanksgiving Mass at 10:00. That’s the only Mass that day.

The word “thanks” and all the ways in which we use it... I enjoy going and looking at the source of words. "Thanks" finds roots in old Germanic use with the idea of "remembering fondly, thinking of with gratitude." That works for me.

The history lets us celebrate the idea that thanks has long been a part of our lives and activities. You know that there’s a sermon in here somewhere about how much more grateful we could be in our lives, but I’m going to try and resist that temptation.

fetscherDear Family,
First, my thanks to Msgr. Michael Hippee, Fathers Pedro Lleo, Dennis Rausch, and of course Father Gary Wiesmann for pinch-hitting for me during my recent medical inconvenience. Thanks also to Annie for being the gracious guider who reached out to find and schedule the celebrants.

There is nothing worse than getting caught in a lengthy discussion of someone else’s medical adventures, so I’m not going to sweep you up into mine... (unless, of course, you really want to hear about it...) Suffice it to say, thanks to Dr. M. Angela Madden and the folks into whose orbits she pushed me, especially Dr. Alan Niederman and Dr. Ahmed Osman.

In two short paragraphs I already named eight people who touched my life and for whom I am grateful. As you well know, there are many more people backing them up. For a moment, I am at the center of this whirling care-community, all collaborating to keep me working.

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.)

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.

Dear Family,
Today our parish commemorates Bread for the World Sunday. The following article provides food for thought on the issue of hunger. I offer it for your reflection.

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fetscherDear Family,
Every time I hear the word “Tradition,” I think of Zero Mostel singing the song of the same name from “Fiddler on the Roof.” No one danced Tevye better than he did. Who better than Zero could help us remember one of our best traditions in the parish, Oktoberfest.

This Friday we gather once again to celebrate! Celebrate whatever you like. Fall colors! (In Flori¬da we watch the palm trees turn to a lighter green from the dark greens of summer.) Tapping beer kegs which amazingly appear on time under the careful guidance of our time-tested Brewmeister, Fred Schmid. Grilled sausages of varying types from Grillmeister, Brian McMahon. My personal favorite, a good sauerkraut.

fetscherDear Family,
Pain. Strange word for a Twitch heading.

Ultimately from the Latin poena, the word relates to penalty or punishment, especially as it results from crime. Check out the Thesaurus and you’ll find a plethora of synonyms, I counted 37! Imagine, 37 different ways of describing human discomfort/agony. That’s some testament to the human experience.

There are all kinds of pain; physical, emotional, psychological, etc. You name it and you can usually find it somewhere.

For me, it seems I have experienced a small bushelful in the last couple of weeks.

fetscherDear Family,
As I begin, I haven’t a clue as to where this Twitch is going or where it will end. SO, what else is new?

The process, though, is worth thinking about. I come not knowing what needs to be noticed, or announced, or celebrated, or mourned, but I sit down in front of the keyboard to try and make sense out of a jumble of thoughts.

And there you are! It’s the process of life itself, sorting things out as best you can and trying to deal with them one by one because there are no magic wands that simply let you go “Poof” and it’s all done without any further effort needed.

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