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Jesus, Who?

fetscherDear Family,
I think maybe you have caught me in a bad moment. Perhaps, sad moment would be better. A charity to which I contribute, like many thers, sent me some Christmas cards I could use. I noticed that some spoke of the birth of the Savior at the heart of Christmas. Other cards said, Happy Holidays. These cards were from the same charity, ironically Christian in its origin and outlook. No Jesus, No nativity. I realize there are other holidays being celebrated around this time by others, but I have no doubt that those holidays would not be nearly as important in their own cultures and customs if they didn’t have to sort of compete with Christmas.

fetscherRejoice!
Dear Family,
We are ten days away. We pray, “Come, Lord Jesus.” No wonder the Liturgy today says, “Rejoice.”

The color even changes and a rose color emerges from the bluish-purple that has been trying to invite us into a little introspection. (It is rose, not p--k. I don’t wear p--k.)

The new color seems as though it is responding to St. Paul’s call to the Philippians: “Rejoice” “Again, I say rejoice!” As he is finishing his letter to them, Paul tells the Philippians, “Have no anxiety!” If Paul had ever made a Marriage Encounter, maybe he would have heard the guideline that ‘You can’t tell someone how to feel.’ Maybe Paul was expressing his own attitude and state of mind. When he says, “Have no anxiety” was he really saying, “I feel no anxiety”?

fetscher"Watch the Road"
Dear Family,
That was the advice of the Oklahoma bus driver who drove 900,000 over 23 years without an accident. When asked how he did it, he replied, “Watch the Road.” Ever since I used that last week in the homily I’ve been thinking about roads, my road in particular. Stay with me now because I think it might get bumpy.

fetscherHAPPY NEW YEAR OF MERCY
Dear Family,
No, I didn’t flip December along with November on my calendar. Today is the Church’s “New Year.” With the First Sunday of Advent, today we begin our new cycle of retelling and reliving the saving story of Jesus. This year, for the most part, our story teller be Luke the Evangelist.

Of course we have heard these readings before, (some of us many times.) Yet the question remains, are we hearing anything different today? If the word of God is living and active, as Hebrews 4:12 tells us, then God’s word addresses the new situations in which we find ourselves.

fetscherSolemnity of Christ the King
A SOLEMN DAY OF THANKS - Msgr. Jim Fetscher
Dear Family,
Please come on Thursday to give Thanks with your parish family. We will celebrate the Eucharist, THE act of Thanksgiving, at 10:00 a.m. Then we will have some pumpkin pastelitos and a few other snacks that won’t ruin your dinner …too much.

As I write on the 16th- early deadlines - we are in the first days of the aftermath of the tragedy in Paris. Words do not come easily although many will be spoken...

fetscher33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Family,
It’s very touching to come across something and realize someone did something that blesses us without a lot of fanfare. Case in point: although Holland Nursery has been closed, and in fact the buildings have been taken down for some kind of development, nevertheless the spirit of Holland Nursery lives. All the flower baskets in the courtyard have been replaced. Holland’s owner, Matt Keyser, came with Charlie Patel who worked with Holland for a long time. Charlie has his own landscaping business now, but was not too busy to come and help, like old times. Thanks to the Keysers (Sandy comes with Matt) and Charlie.

fetscher32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Family,
It was Halloween. At my front door I put a candle-lit pumpkin and a bowl of candy. I was going out to get dinner and I didn’t want to miss any kids.

When I returned all the candy was gone. Just as I was checking, a little group of kids came up and one no-more-than-four-year-old made a beeline for the bowl. When she saw it was empty, she “humphed” and stormed passed me muttering, “I walked all the way up here for NOTHING.” She left with entourage in tow. I felt badly that I had run out and also badly that at four, maybe younger, we already had a drama queen climbing the stairway of major pain-in-the-buttness. Alas, how early they learn.

fetscherFeast of All Saints
Dear Family,
“Saint” (from Dictionary.com) noun
1. any of certain persons of exceptional holiness of life, formally recognized as such by the Christian Church, especially by canonization.
2. a person of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence.
3. a founder, sponsor, or patron, as of a movement or organization.
4. (in certain religious groups) a designation applied by the members to them selves.
 
So… where do you fit? Maybe the better questions might be, “Where do you hope to wind up?” Another question might be, “How do you propose to get there?”

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.

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