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fetscherDear Family,
Last week, some of our parishioners received a bogus message/email supposedly from me. It asked the recipient to go and get some gift cards for a family in need.
Last Monday we emailed all the parishioners for whom we have addresses to tell you it was a scam.

The folks who got the fake message figured out it was probably a fraud and called in to check. That’s the best way. Check with us.

This is not the first time this has happened. Our St Vincent de Paul society also got hit with an attempt that didn’t work. Jim Guerin caught it.

Just know: I WILL NEVER ASK FOR YOUR HELP LIKE THAT.

I guess I must be more naïve than I thought. I know there is plenty of evil floating around. It saddens me to think that someone would use another person’s need to try and pull off the fraud.

When something like this happens, it’s too easy to become cynical. Given a choice between naïve and cynical, give me naivete every time.

After all, we are all going to a BANQUET. Isaiah says it’s on a mountain top where God is laying out all kinds of rich foods. The Gospel tells us that everyone is invited – and I’m pretty sure that includes the schmucks that mess around with our hearts, our heads, and our credit cards.

If we go, we need to put on special party clothes. The special garments are “the new commitments we will make to repentance, a change of heart and mind; they are the conditions for entrance into the kingdom and must be continued in a life of good deeds.” (NABRE note on Mt 22:11)

I remember thinking how unfair it seemed to throw someone out who has no wedding garment if all the guests just came off the street.

Then you realize that Jesus is talking about coming in with good attitudes inside your heart, not special outfits over your body. You can do that pretty quickly, - if you want to.

As the Chinese curse goes, “May you live in interesting times.” These are surely interesting times to say the least. It’s hard to keep up with everything. Between the challenges to the First Family and to all the people with the virus and even more challenging to all those who lose friends and family, you don’t know which way to turn.

For me, it is FOCUS I want. Fraud will pull me away from what is important at the drop of a hat. Fraud comes in all sizes and shapes. Sometimes those sizes and shapes become so ‘alluring’ that nothing seems more important.

I ask the Lord to bless all of us in such a way that we don’t lose track of what’s really important, namely our walk to and with the Lord.

I want to add a special word of congratulations to Bill Fuccillo who hits 97 tomorrow. He still lovingly cares for Joanie and they will be 68 years married in February. Makes me feel like a kid. Now if I just had his energy, to say nothing of his attitude.

With prayers for us all,
In Jesus,
sign frjim

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