Twilight Twitches

msgrfetscherDear Family,
TOMORROW IS THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY BUT IT IS NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION, because it falls on Monday. We’ll celebrate the feast in the main sanctuary at 8:30 a.m.

This week we will resume Friday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel after 8:30 a.m. Mass and end at 5:00 p.m. We still have a few openings but I’m hoping more folk will get on board.

Someone coming forth from the community to pray for the community in this more public way is a blessing. We need each other’s prayers. Where better to offer those prayers than before Jesus Himself in the Blessed Sacrament?

We will keep a sign-up sheet in the chapel so you can be included in the group that will embark on this great ministry. The slots are 30 minutes for your convenience but there is nothing preventing you from taking two in a row. For myself, when I think about “doing an hour,” I pause and start planning like I was going to Madagascar or something. In reality when I get in there, I find the time zooms. I’m not ‘serving time.’ I’m bumping eternity.

Today, the 14th is the 18th anniversary of the death of Father Wally McGowan. I shared a rectory with Wally and Father Mike Kish for nearly thirty years. It was very unusual for three priests to be stationed together for such a long period. Often a fourth, usually a newly ordained priest would also join us. I hope we gave good example. Between Mike’s very special succession of dogs, and Wally’s very large collection of stuff, perhaps no one else could have lived together than long.

Recently, my sister Pat sent me a reprint from her local paper of a column that Norman Lear wrote for the NY Times on the occasion of his 100th birthday. I want to pass along a couple of lines that Patty highlighted.

He said (some courageous politicians) “gave me hope that Americans can find common ground with friends and family whose politics differ but who are not willing to sacri¬fice core democratic principles.”

He also said, “Innovative technologies create new ways for us to express ourselves, and, I hope, will allow humanity to learn more about itself and better understand one an-other’s ideas, failures and achievements.”

The headline on the article is, “What would Archie Bunker say about today’s world?” Thinking back, I realized how much Archie did offer us, or me anyway, in trying to figure out how to deal with the prejudices and the idiosyncrasies that we experience. Meathead and Edith and “Little Girl” sure helped us. My only fear is that today there is less room for laughter... and less chances for learning. BUT, if Lear can hope at 100, so can I at 81.

And speaking of 81, last Tuesday, the Parish Pastoral Council took me out to dinner at Rossini’s Italian Bistro. Normally, I wouldn’t do advertising here, but the food was wonderful. It wasn’t cheap, but it is one of those restaurants you occasionally experience where you don’t mind the cost because the food is that good. The owner and chef is Albanian Valentino Mitaj who came to welcome us.

When Mom’s birthday would come, we’d ask her what she would like for her birthday, and the answer was inevitably “good children.” Now if people ask me what I’d like, I have an answer: ”Rossini.” And for my birthday present to me, I’m going to find a few more flowering trees.

My heartfelt thanks for your cards and good wishes. I couldn’t be happier with my “family.”

Looking forward to 82, I’m yours
In Jesus,
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