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fetscherSecond Sunday of Lent
Dear Family,
Well, its Tuesday the 16th as I write. We just had the storm that uprooted one of our tabebuia argentas. Leo the tree man is coming and today - Sunday the 21st -you’ll see if he had any success. I’m hopeful because he planted our 18 Geiger trees and they all came through.

What a week! We started Lent with our parish retreat. Father Tom Boyer was surely a gift of the Holy Spirit. He’s been “retired” for more than three years and spends time between Naples where is sister and brother-in-law live, and Oklahoma City, his home diocese. He’s been giving missions to both priests and people and is enjoying his ministry a lot.

fetscherDear Family,
On top of all the other things we celebrate today, Happy Valentine’s Day. There’s all kinds of history about the day, but I think I just want to think about people willing to offer their love to one another. Hopefully we don’t limit it to one day, but maybe one day will help us sharpen our skills on all the other days.

Today we are welcoming Father Tom Boyer for our Lenten parish retreat. For those of you who are reading this Twitch early online before the weekend, stop this minute and say a prayer for Tom and for all of us who come to be refreshed.

As I’ve said before, I’m so happy I finally was able to get a parish retreat at the very beginning of Lent. Hopefully this can be a year where we really can focus on the Lord’s gift of hisdeath for us, and His Resurrection that restores us to eternal life.

fetscherASH WEDNESDAY
Dear Family,
This week we begin Lent with Ash Wednesday. Before I go farther, I want to recommend you check out
<http://www.catholic.org/clife/lent/ashwed.php> That’s the site for Catholic Online. I thought their treatment of Ash Wednesday was great and worth your time.

Basically we enter into a period of prayer and reflection to ready ourselves once again for the celebration of the great Easter feast, the feast of our Redemption from the effects of sin. We had been cut off and through His loving sacrifice of life, Jesus restored our access to the Father and eternal life. That surely is worth our time and prayer and reflection.

If you don’t count the Sundays of Lent, which is a breathing time each week, we have 40 days in Lent that remind us of the time Jesus himself spent in the desert getting ready for his mission.

fetscherDear Family,
Today you received a little packet of “kindness” cards. I’m hoping we explained the idea behind them during the homily. Basically, you do some kind act for someone and then give them the card and ask them to do something for someone else and pass along the card.

We picked today to launch the idea because today’s readings seemed very well-suited to illustrate the idea, especially Corinthians. Brides and grooms have been picking this passage for their weddings because it talks all about love, 15 things, in fact, that love either is or isn’t.

fetscherArchBishop’s Charities and Development
Keep up your great generosity. The rest of the Church needs us!
Dear Family,
Each day and each week seems fuller than the last one. That’s life at St. Sebastian’s, especially between Thanksgiving and Easter. All our birds are coming home to nest; sunbirds maintaining the nest yearround, snowbirds helping with redecoration, visiting and cruising peacocks adding color to the aviary, and then of course, the rarely sighted but always appreciated emus who pop in at Christmas and
Easter.

fetscherJamuary...

Dear Family,
No, that’s not a typo. It really does say Jamuary, because we are – jammed!  Fortunately, we have a crackerjack staff who find toast on which to spread the mixture. Don’t count me in among the quick-to-respond; I just get to bask in the glow of the results.

I suppose it works that way in many places… people doing things behind the scenes that few know about, but still everyone expects results without knowing much about how the results result. I know there is a homily in here somewhere, but I have to figure it for myself before I can pass it along. My immediate personal bottom line is to spend a bit more than a little time in prayer today thanking God for the people with whom I work. You are especially grateful when for one reason or another they might not be here.

fetscherLet's Hear it for Ordinary
Dear Family,
Welcome to the wonderful world of Ordinary Time. It begins tomorrow as Christmas time ends today. That’s why the decorations are still up. If we seem to be the last ones to take the stuff down, it’s probably because no one has yet figured out how to make the Baptism of Jesus a commercial enterprise.

Between Advent/Christmas and Lent/Eastertime, the Church uses 18 or 19 weeks to call attention to those special saving events in the life of Christ that define who we are. The rest of the year we refer to as “ordinary.” In reality, I don’t think there is anything very ordinary about the stories of how Jesus interacted with his times and the people who surrounded him: family, disciples, friends and enemies, the curious, the deeply touched.

fetscherLet Him Shine
Dear Family,
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” I’ve been humming that song to myself ever since I started writing this Twitch. Of course the light I hope I have is the light of Jesus, so when I sing about shining, it’s not an “it” I’m singing about; it’s a “Him.” Today’s scriptures are literally exploding with images of light.

First Isaiah:Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. …upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance.

fetscherWith Thanks
Dear Family,
I barely get used to typing 2015 and it’s already 2016. The gift of time… time for what? Time for who? Can the time we have received so far cast any light on what we might expect in our futures?

I was having a wonderful conversation with a nonagenarian the other day who remarked that her life certainly was nothing like she would have planned. But at 90+ she surely seemed to have developed the living skills that brought her to 90 with a great deal of grace, living each moment as it comes.

Sometimes I think the events of the past and/or the preoccupations with the future, tend to keep me from paying attention to the most important moment, this moment, now.

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.

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