Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Before I forget, at the doors of the Church today there is a sign-up sheet for helping at the Fall Festival (nee The Oktoberfest). The worker bees decided that after ten years our steins were getting a little cracked, so they shifted themes. It seems like a great idea and saves us the challenge of traveling north to cooler climes to see color. Of course cool right now seems very inviting.

There is also some word that because there hasn’t been much rain in various parts of the north, the leaves might not even bother turning colors, but just say to themselves, “The heck with it” and drop off. But whatever turns or doesn’t turn, nevertheless we will celebrate Fall with all the color we want. Isn’t Michael’s great?

fetscherDear Family,
Last week, a good friend, Rabbi David Auerbach, died after an illness. He was the rabbi emeritus at Bet Shira (which means House of Song) Congregation. It was four blocks down 120th street from St. Louis parish in Miami.

In the mid-eighties Rabbi Auerbach gathered 200 families and formed the congregation. By May 1988 they had built their synagogue. During the latter part of the construction, four teenagers defaced the building before it was even completed. At first everyone thought it was skinheads or someone else weird. Imagine their surprise when they found out they were teenagers from the neighborhood, good families, etc. etc. etc.

fetscherDear Family,
It’s hard to believe that is has been 15 years since “9/11.” Everyone knows what that means. Perhaps a teenager wouldn’t have the same reaction as we do. For them it becomes an event that’s in the past that people talk about, but for us older than 20 something, it is a real memory of our lives.
I’m writing this last Tuesday but I’m sure that by the time you read this there will be much in the news to bring alive the sorrow and sense of terrible tragedy that made 9/11 a seminal event in our lives. But then I think to last Sunday and the canonization of Mother Teresa. That event celebrated a person who we twenty-something-plus also remember very well. Her canonization even made the news reports.

Guest Twitchers: Little Rock Scripture Study Team
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
At some point in the wee hours of Monday morning, I (Annie) awoke with the thought: “There is no one lined up to write the ‘Twitch’ for the coming Sunday!” The thought of asking someone to write a letter of some 400-500 words at the last minute was not at all appealing, so I felt a “Plan B” was in order. Should this week’s ‘Twitch’ page be blank - affording you the opportunity to write your own reflection?.... Should I find a relevant graphic to fill the page?... The thought finally occurred to me (Thank you, Holy Spirit!) to have some of the members of our Little Rock Scripture Study Team share their thoughts about beginning this program with St. Sebastian Parish Family. So... here they are!

Guest "Twitcher” - Simon Rave
Dear Parish Family,
I would like to start off by thanking everyone who made this once in a lifetime experience possible. Now back from my pilgrimage, I would like to share some of the most memorable experiences I had in Poland. The greatest of them all was the opportunity to meet people from all around the globe, even the countries that seemed to only exist in my geography textbook.

Guest Twitcher: Marcus Mickey

Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Thank you, or as said in Polish: Dziekuje! I had a trip of a lifetime and now that I have returned from World Youth Day, I hope I can regale you with just a few of the memories I made along the way. The beauty of World Youth Day was getting to meet people from six continents and more than 150 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and South Korea.

fetscherDear Family,  
Tomorrow, August 15th, the Feast of the Assumpon of the Blessed Virgin Mary is NOT a holy day of obligation.  Nevertheless, it is a special me to honor Mary.  She was assumed into heaven because she had been preserved from original sin.  That’s what we celebrate on December 8th with the feast of the Immaculate Conception.  

I don’t know how many years it took – and I’m not sure I should admit it, but one day it hit me that the effect of original sin is death of the body.  From the fifth century the Church celebrated the “dormition” of Mary, her “falling asleep.”  That’s why we celebrate her Assumption, precisely because her physical body wasn’t subject to the effects of original sin, the corrupon of her physical body through death of that body. 

fetscherDear Family,
As usual, I’m writing this about a week before you read it, so it’s always an adventure to see how the week will turn out. You hope for good things and you pray for them. Then there are the tragedies that bring sadness and emptiness, and we run out of words.

I think it was on 60 Minutes last Sunday that I saw an interview with a man who had been falsely imprisoned for many years. The interviewer asked him something about how he was reacting to be free. His answer was that he simply was grateful for each day. That’s how he was taking it all in, day by day. On top of that he was not angry because it was a waste of energy. I can’t help but wonder what my reaction would be in his situation.

fetscherDear Family,  
It was nice to be at all the liturgies last Sunday. Thanks to Archbishop Keleher and Father Mike Hippee and Father Gary Wiesmann and Father Ronnie Brohammer and Father Jim Nero who ministered to you over the last weeks and months.  It’s hard to believe this all started on February 17th.  Your response to them was very hospitable and I thank you for that.  That virtue seems to mark us.  I receive so many nice leers from visitors you take to their hotels aer Mass.  Somemes not only are people grateful, but they almost sound surprised.  I’m sure we have our sins but I hope inhospitality will never be one of them.  

fetscherDear Family,  
As you know, I usually write these Twitches early in the week prior to the weekend you read it.  Right now it is (last) Monday, the 18th and the news is filled with the tragic details of the deaths of the Baton Rouge policemen.  That was the latest in the series of assaults on the very fabric of our consciousness.  

This morning, the daily Mass readings included Micah 6:8: You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.   

The question I asked of myself and the folk at Mass was, “How do we make the Gospel work amid this heartbreaking chaos?” 

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