Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
 
We have just celebrated the Liturgy of Christian Burial for Cynthia Alonzi, pictured above with best friend, Diana Borg. Cynthia was the office assistant and between Annie and Cynthia everything moved along. As luck would have it, for the first time since I have been at St. Sebastian, Annie actually took time off for illness with a flu that was a killer. As I said at Cynthia’s Mass, this place was scary without them. Cliché or no, you don’t appreciate what you have until you don’t have it.

Over the years, you get to know people you work with and you share some of the stories, happy and sad, that mark people’s lives. We shared our stories. (Relatives don’t have to worry. It was all good!)

Dear Family,
Here you’ll find the letter of Pope Francis which he wrote in response to the issue of clerical abuse.
I know when you see a lot of words on a page you tend to put it down.
Please don’t.
The Holy Spirit is there to help each of us discover to what we are being called in the days to come.
In Jesus,
sign frjim

fetscherDear Family,
Today we heard the third part of John 6, the Bread of Life Discourse, verses 51-58. Maybe it’s the image of food that is floating through all readings, but as I reflect on that passage along today’s other two scriptures, I feel filled to the brim. I was going to day something like having a large “The Works” pizza. But that wouldn’t do it, because it’s sweeter, more like a Dairy Queen Blizzard. That was the killer treat of my youth, - which may explain a lot of things about my weight now.

fetscherDear Family,
This Wednesday, August 15th, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother. We will have ONE MASS OF CELEBRATION at 6:00 P.M. After Mass we will have our Special Super Sunbird Summer Supper.

I sure hope you signed up. This get-together is a way to thank you all for the wonderful celebration we had on my 50th anniversary. One good party deserves another, and what better time than on a feast which gathers us, the Assumption of Mary.

fetscherDear Family,
Tomorrow is the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, and it got me thinking about the Luminous mysteries of the rosary that Saint Pope John Paul II introduced in 2002. I highly recommend the Wikipedia article titled simply, ‘Rosary.” It’s a very interesting brief history of our devotion.

When Bubba and I walk (well, he walks and sometimes I ride) around the parking lot at night we say the rosary. The Luminous mysteries were really a great addition because they added events from the public ministry of Jesus.

fetscherDear Family,
It must be the heat. My slate is blank, or almost... Maybe this is a moment to talk a bit about something that has been at the back of my “heat-oppressed mind.” (That’s a line from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Unfortunately, what is in Macbeth’s vision is a dagger which he can’t touch but only see. It’s pretty black as visions go, but you’ll have to read the play. What I want to talk about isn’t that bleak, much less black.) It’s about weddings.

The folk who I would like to read this are not likely to see it, but maybe if their parents or grandparents do, it might get through. Not necessarily in order of importance, I’ll call these ponderings...

fetscherDear Family,
Well, here I am again, writing on (last) Tuesday, wondering what the world will look like tomorrow as a result of what happened to it yesterday. I don’t think there is a whole lot of ‘ordinary’ to be found, unless perhaps it’s ordinary dumbness.

I feel a spell of analysis coming on I probably should resist. I want whatever I say, here or from the pulpit or anywhere to make sense and to be an accurate understanding of the Gospel. As usual, my question is how does the gospel help us live through the issues that face us as Church, as country, as individuals? As I’ve said before, I think writing these thoughts really is for me more than for you. Puffing scrambled thoughts and feelings into subject, object and verb, lets them make more sense – at least sometimes.

fetscherDear Family,
Last Sunday, I floated the idea of having one weekend where we would have just one Mass so that all the sunbirds (year-rounders) could have a chance to meet. We get pretty rut-bound and never shall the five o’clockers meet the 11 folk, much less 8:30. The idea actually got a round of applause. The more I thought about it, however, the more I worried that a lot of the peacocks (weekend folk who are passing through and took the time to find Mass on their way coming or going) would get messed up. SOOOO... (and here comes the reason why I get the big bucks):

THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE  BLESSED MOTHER is WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15th!
This year the feast is a Holy Day of Obligation.

fetscherDear Family,
For almost 40 years, every week I have been writing a letter to my parishioners. When I was in Miami, I called it Midnight Musings. Midnight was usually the time when I was able to get to writing in peace and quiet. When I came to St Sebastian I realized I didn’t have to be up so much at midnight and called them Twilight Twitches.

The idea behind the letters was to try and give my parishioners, then, a sense of what I was thinking. In Miami we had eight masses on a weekend in two languages and it would take me a month just to go through the cycle. I’d only get to speak to my parishioners once a month. I guess I hoped the letters that I wrote each week in the bulletins would fill in.

fetscherDear Family,
Independence Day! A time of appreciation for our country and the freedoms we share! An occasion of stopping and asking ourselves how we can best honor as well as ‘preserve, protect, and defend’ this special environment.

As a faith family we see these freedoms through the prism of the Gospel. These are the freedoms that help us answer our calls to serve: “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

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