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msgrfetscherDear Family,
Our hearts continue to ache with gnawing feelings of helplessness as we ponder and pray about the crises in Ukraine. We pray that the Lord will bind up and cast out the spirits of evil that chain hearts. We ask in our best sense of Catholic tradition that St. Michael the Archangel defend the good and just. How many pictures of children freezing in shelters will it take?

On this First Sunday of Lent, we bring out our banners with the special letters. PFA means we begin a time of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. These are the special challenges we accept as we journey through Lent.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
There are probably a few among us who remember the aftermath of WW II. I was four years old, standing on the front lawn of my grandmother’s house in Staten Island, overlooking the Kill Van Kull. It was V-J day. The waterway separated Staten Island and New Jersey where all the oil refineries in Bayonne were blowing their whistles. The boats were tooting their horns, the train that ran along the river whistled loudly, and every car running below me on Richmond Terrace was blowing its horn. I’ve told you this before, but it is a powerful memory for a four-year-old child.

So now, when I think of the current heart-wrenching issue of the Ukraine invasion, I mentally make a connection with the huge European/Asian war memory of my childhood.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
We are growing closer to our ABCD goal. As of my writing, we have heard from 86 households and have a pledge of $71, 556.78. That’s 60% of the goal. We are getting there. PUUULLLEEESE, if you haven’t filled out a pledge yet, your aging pastor would be very relieved if you did so.

Speaking of aging – or NOT aging as the case may be, one highlight of my past week was renewing the wedding vows of Bill and Joan Fuccillo who celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. I checked to see if there is a special name for the 69th. That has to wait until next year when Bill and Joan will celebrate 70 years of marriage. I fully expect they will. Then they shall officially be PLATINUM!

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Happy Valentine’s Day!
It took me a minute to find that heart symbol because I’m working on my home computer. A little health hiccup brought me here. Thank God it was nothing more. Thanks also to Msgr. Mike Hippee, and Father Gary as usual, for celebrating Mass.

Maybe having a little more time to think brought me to this next item that troubled me, more than a little. Last Sunday, someone was asked to go the Parish Center because the main sanctuary was full. The gentlemen (?) was heard to say to his companion, “We’re going home. Enough of this bull****.” That’s an odd way to refer to the celebration of the Eucharist. Hopefully, at least that is not what he meant.

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