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Twilight Twitches

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays was one of the activities that got put on hold with so many other things as a result of COVID-19. Exposition is something we can safely resume. I am putting out sign-up sheets so that I can get some idea of how many people would be willing to help us restore this important prayer ministry to our parish.

We’ll divide the day into half hour slots. We’ll also beef up the prayer aid materials. I made someone mad a few years back by asking that they didn’t have oral prayer with others when they were visiting (e.g. the rosary.) I think we can handle that by designating one of the time slots for the rosary if some wish to join together. I’ll “consult the powers that be.” I just don’t want to begin the practice again without attendance.

Let me reflect a little on why we do it.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Last Tuesday our Pastoral Council had its first face-to-face encounter in many moons. We gathered in the rectory. It was good to have their smiling faces in the living room after so long.

We reviewed many things including bringing them up to date on the plans for the kitchen and the storage room additions. I covered most of that info in last week’s Twitch.

One of the members pointed out something I hadn’t noticed in the April 2022 edition of the Miami edition of The Florida Catholic. It was an edition filled with news of ordinations and anniversaries. It wasn’t until page 20 that there was a great article by Staff writer Ana Rodriguez-Soto, (a great lady.)

msgrfetscherDear Family,
I intended to head this Twitch with “Building the Kitchen” and Kitchen came out Kingdom. I will ponder deeply any possible hidden meaning this may have. One possibility might be that Kitchen building IS Kingdom building.

For sure, I believe that heaven has a fully equipped kitchen. My hope is that we can anticipate the heavenly Kingdom by building an earthy Kitchen. When you think about it, a heavenly meal is what we are all about every time we gather in our worship home to break the Bread and drink the Cup.

...And how long have you been faithfully bringing food to place in our DRIVE OUT HUNGER grocery carts? Hopefully, that food finds its way to kitchens to feed those who are hungering. We have a concern for the hungry.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Why the big “OF”? (in the title of this article) Easter is a humongous feast. It’s so important that we want to keep it around. We have an eight-day period called an octave where each day is called Easter. That’s why today isn’t the second AFTER Easter, but the third Sunday OF Easter. I’m sure you have been awake all week wondering about that, and now you know.

Seriously, think about it. After Easter day we had the octave, or eight day period where the language of the liturgy kept speaking each day as though it were Easter Sunday. Why? The idea behind the octave custom after major feasts is that in a real sense, THE UNIVERSE STOPS. The death and Resurrection of Jesus exploded business as usual. For the disciples, things were radically different. In general people thought that Messiah meant someone that would get rid of the Roman domination.

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