Twilight Twitches

msgrfetscherDear Family,
As you might suspect, I just made up that word,Synoding.” Next Sunday afternoon the 14th at 2:00 p.m., we gather some of the most brilliant thinkers in the parish. Before you eliminate yourself as not falling into that category, remember two things: 1) I’m going to be there, and 2) the Holy Spirit will make any of us brilliant if we ask.

Jokes aside, this process of bringing the whole Church into a worldwide dialogue calls to the Holy Spirit in a remarkable way. How important to remem¬ber that it isn’t just a question of sending some ideas up the line to the Holy Father. It’s also a horizontal process that asks each level to work among themselves: people, deanery, diocese, bishops’ conferences, geographic areas and finally the Holy Father’s core counsellors.

As I thought about all those steps, the thought crossed my mind, “What do I expect to learn from all this?” The first fleeting answer was, “Probably nothing that I don’t know already.”

That’s when things came to a screeching halt!

I can’t believe I bordered on the edge of what only can be an attitude of arrogance to think that there would be nothing new to see. Perhaps it may not be something new, but something that looks a whole lot different if I bothered to walk around it a little and see it from different angles. How often to we cut off God’s help simply by forgetting He is there. At least that’s what we say when we shift into our “believing” gear.

So, I just made a personal commitment, (and I guess to you too, now that I’m telling you.) I am going to write down three things that I will have learned from listening to you. I may even post them on the bathroom mirror so I can remember them each day. I will even move them from corner to corner on the mirror each week so that I am less likely to ignore them. Does any of this sound like the Spirit working? I sure hope so.

On Monday, the 15th, the Pastoral Council is having a special short meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall. We hope to plot and plan how we deal with the responses we receive on the 14th as well as those that came by mail. Again, thanks to our Synod parish representatives, Ed and Jill Rebholz and Maryellen Maher for their work now and to come.

It doesn’t seem possible, but we are a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving. We will have our regular Thanksgiving Mass (Nov. 25th) at 10:00 a.m. I decided perhaps it might be wise to skip our pumpkin pastelitos, as much as we love them. I’ll make sure we have double next year. A heartfelt thanks to the Victor and Mari Rodriguez who have brought them up from the Miami baker each year.

As I think about my home and comfort and times like Thanksgiving, I also think about the poor and homeless. You all are generous people. Each week you fill the “Drive Out Hunger” grocery carts. We moved the Poor boxes to be a little more obvious because we can add that money for the poor to our contributions to Hope for South Florida which has done a wonderful job of organizing our area feeding places. It’s a long story but the short version is that Marcia and Barry Hogan think Hope is doing an excellent job. That’s a great recommendation, coming from folk who walk the walk when it comes to food outreach.

Another nice item: I’m writing this Twitch during Friday’s deluge. You will be happy to know that our $7,000 berm has risen to the task of keeping the water out of our neighbors’ yards. Sadly (or NOT) Lake St. Sebastian seems to be a thing of the past as the berm is actually the result of a huge French drain that takes away the water very quickly. Ain’t science grand?

With thanks for you all,
In Jesus,
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