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fetscherThird Sunday of Easter
Dear Family,
I’m sitting at a computer for the first time in seven weeks and I’m seeing it as though I had never been here before. I dictated the Easter letter by voice mail to Annie who made some sense of it.

I wonder if those of you who have gone through various illnesses had the same experience I am having – a sense that your situation is the center of the world and nothing else matters much. From that point of view the sooner I’m back in the trenches the better I’ll feel. I’ll discover that the world didn’t shift off its axis while I was gone – despite the presidential primaries. Actually I am kind of glad for all the foolishness because it was diverting. God help us. He has in the past and I’m confident “under God” means He will still “shed his grace” on us. We just need to remember to ask for it.

Anyway, what I really want to do is underline my deep gratitude to Annie for keeping the parish “gathered” as a mother hen gathers her chicks. Now that I have written that I’m wondering if I need to clarify anything. I’m going to go with the gospels that tell us Jesus used the same analogy about himself wanting to gather Jerusalem and its people. (Mt. 23:37) Unlike the unwilling people of Jerusalem who didn’t want to be cared for by the Lord, I think we have the good sense to be grateful. Cynthia and Patricio completed the team
that made it all work well.

I got into the Main Sanctuary to be delighted by the decorations. Again, how do you say thanks to people who “just make it work” without a lot of fanfare, and do it so well. I’m afraid of leaving names out but I do know that my “Resurrection” groupies played a big part in it. Don’t worry if you don’t know what that means. I think they do.

We also are grateful to Archbishop Keleher who has blessed us ever since I have been here with administering  the Sacrament of Confirmation. I don’t think there is another parish in the Archdiocese that has been so blessed by our “own” visiting bishop.
Thanks to Archbishop Wenski who has always been so gracious about letting us invite Archbishop Keleher. He has been a personal inspiration, and I take him as a model who doesn’t seem to let anything get in the way of faithful service.

I know some of the snow birds are already beginning to return to their temporary summer homes. Of course they will remember their big
family here and return to us again. Our St. Sebastian Aviary of sunbirds, peacocks and emus, would not be complete without the snowbirds.

There were some 740+ messages you sent to me through Caring Bridge. It was pretty humbling, to say nothing of daunting, but I am determined to find a way to download them all and read them through. I think what it will do is just make me grateful for my vocation and all the people who support it. I may never be able to acknowledge all of those people in any way but my ongoing thanks to God for all of you. But know I CAN be faithful to that commitment and I will.

I going to quit a few lines sooner than usual.

Think of it as a slightly shorter homily. Love and Christ’s ongoing Easter peace to you all.
In Him,
sign frjim

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