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fetscherDear Family,
“Ordinary???” Here we are. Ordinary time. There is a little Paulist Press book called the Ordo which describes Ordinary Time. “Besides the times of the year that have their own distinctive character, there remains in the yearly cycle thirty-three or thir-ty-four weeks in which no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated (like Advent, Lent or Eastertime), but rather the mystery of Christ itself is honored in its fullness, especially on Sundays. This period is known as "Ordinary Time.”

This year we have five ‘ordinary’ weeks until Ash Wednesday. After Pentecost, on May 24th, we hit ‘ordinary’ again. Then we go all the way to Advent ’21.

fetscherDear Family,
Today is the final day of the Christmas season. We celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river to mark the beginning of his public ministry. We put away the Nativity scene because now Jesus is an adult, but we still want to linger in the lights and warmth of the season. Next week, the wreaths and trees will find their way to careful storage. Thanks to Ann Murry and the Martini’s (Sue and Scott) for all their work It’s hard to believe Ash Wednesday is just five weeks away.

If the arms of Jesus were outstretched (and not swaddled) in the manger, now we see the adult Je-sus embrace His ministry under the full power of God’s Spirit.

fetscherDear Family,
I’m writing this letter on December 29th, the feast of the Holy Innocents, the wordless witnesses. Here are some hopes and dreams I have for 2021. May the coming year bless us, and with God’s help, heal us.

Happy New Year! I found this sort of crazy font called “Curtz” and thought it expressed our discombobulated moments. (I’ve waited years to use ‘discombobulated.’ Now seems the perfect time.)

We are confused, to say nothing of wearied at best. I won’t waste time over what you already know and feel.

fetscherDear Family,
“Family.” What an amazing word. Today we add the adjective “holy.” The Holy Family.

I grew up in Holy Family parish in North Miami. The first Mass in Holy Family was celebrated in 1950 on the same weekend that we moved into our new house. Mom lived in that house for another 42 years.

Holy Family ‘encapsulated’ us. As I look back, in many ways our parish was a special ‘terrarium’ that called our family to grow into ‘holy’. In a house with seven kids, some days holiness seemed a distant hill. Still, we had our parents and a very loving ‘Gram.’ That increased the odds of holiness happening.

fetscherDear Family,
With early bulletin deadlines, and still feeling under the weather, once again I turn to the wonderful resource of Creighton Online Ministries for the following reflection by Steve Scholer.

“Those who will admit to it are dating themselves if they can remember Perry Como’s hit song, "It’s Impossible." The song starts out, “It's impossible, to tell the sun to leave the sky; It's just impossible. It's impossible, to ask a baby not to cry; It's just impossible.”

And for the fans of Lewis Carrol and Winne the Pooh there is always the humorous twist on the word when Pooh says, “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” We could all come up with lots of quotes and phrases about the word impossible, but none could better illustrate its meaning than the famous words with which the angel Gabriel comforted a distraught Mary: “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

advent3Dear Family,
Having a rough week and being unable to provide an original “Twitch” for you, I found the following reflection online at Creighton Online Minis-tries, written by David Crawford. I think it’s well worth reading.

“Rejoice! What wonderful, joyful readings we have today! On the day we light the Joy candle, our first three readings remind us – Paul even commands us – to rejoice. Be filled with joy in our God. So rejoice!

There are elements in the Gospel reading that also point to joy, albeit in less explicit ways. First, the hopeful questions from the priests, Levites, and Pharisees demonstrate their belief that the promised Messiah would come. We can rejoice because our Messiah did come. God kept – and continues to keep – promises. Rejoice!

fetscherDear Family,
The construction company installing the new Harbour Inlet water lines have pipe stored in our lot and are using the site to transfer ripped up pavement to dump trucks. Another company is digging up the green field to keep “Lake Sebastian” from running off into our neighbors’ yards. Some folks whose condo parking is being re-paved are using spaces in between the pipes and the rocks. The new flooring in the rectory kitchen is buckling. Some people are having post-election fidgets, and, oh yes, the pandemic is having a surge on its surge.

Just another quiet day in the neighborhood....

fetscherDear Family,
“...a Coming to...”

That’s what Advent – ad venio - means, ‘coming to.’ Fooling around with the idea I real¬ized it could have a lot of meanings; for example, coming to consciousness after being in a coma, or coming to a new conclusion about something, or coming to the door of someone you visit. (I guess there wouldn’t be much visiting going on right now.)

It could also mean that someone was coming to visit me. With Christmas on the horizon, the season of Advent certainly is inviting us to raise our expectations of the coming of Jesus.

fetscherDear Family,
We made it! We have completed another Church year. Christ the King reigns!

Or does He?... with all that is going on, are you tempted to wonder sometimes where He is? Look at your crucifix. There He is, suffering with us.

Remember Jesus coming to John the Baptist and getting in line with all the penitents that John was baptizing? John said to Jesus (in effect,) “What are you doing here? I should be baptizing you!” And Jesus said, “Do it for the sake of righteousness.” In other words, I choose to be a part of all these people so that when my Father looks at them, He will see me.”

Some King, indeed!

fetscherDear Family,
What a week! Eta “graced” us for three days last weekend and left another version of Lake Sebastian. It struck me how threatening Eta seemed at night but somehow wasn’t quite as bad in the day.

But the flooding problems continued to threat-en even as Eta moved north. “Rain bands” is a loaded phrase. As usual I’m writing on Tuesday morning (the 10th) and a flood watch just came in to last until Wednesday night. It said “rain bands” could come later this afternoon. Shall the bark (barque, boat) of St. Sebastian weather the storm?

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