Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
We met the woman at the well, and we saw the amazing change that let her drop her burden of being ostracized. She who was shunned became the way in which her townspeople met Jesus, and even kept him around. I wondered if I would be able to experience anything to the depth that she did that would cause me to radically change the way I act.

Today we meet the man born blind, a guy who got caught in the middle of a religious-political tension that nevertheless brought him more sight than simply his eyes could have ever given him. For us the question might be, ‘What are our blind spots?’

fetscherDear Family,
Today we would normally celebrate St. Joseph’s Day, a solemnity in the church. (That means it is a very important feast.) We celebrate St. Joseph tomorrow. The transfer makes the point that these Sundays of Lent are super-important. They are telling us an important story.  We began with the temptations of Jesus. Last week we heard about the Transfiguration. Every year those two events begin Lent no matter whose gospel we are reading. This year we are in cycle A with Matthew.

fetscherDear Family,
Who Do We Say He Is?
The question Father Bill Mason, OMI, brings us this week, ought to keep us busy for a while. I hope so, because the answer(s) we come up with have a lot to do with how we live our parish life. I’m musing on whether we want to come up with a single vision around which we can unite, or do we work along the lines of a stew to which everyone contributes. Both have their merits.

fetscherDear Family,
Prayer... Fasting... Almsgiving...
The words of Lent. What do they mean to you? I asked myself the question and the first thing that came to my mind was, “Boy, you better have an answer or you might get chopped!” (For those of you who watch the Food Channel, explain to those who don’t.) So rather than a detailed theological explanation of these powerful words, I’ll try and share some insights the words evoke for me.

fetscherDear Family,
ASH WEDNESDAY! Lent is here! Are you still opening Christmas cards? I’ve opened mine, and I’m deciding to reread one each day and pray for the person who sent it. It will be a little extra effort for Lent. Speaking of which...

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

fetscherDear Family,
The first thought that hits me this morning is to thank Sue and Scott Martinez (the Martinis) for their dispositions. There is no doubt that I like their pancake breakfasts, but I also like the way they do it. One of the warming ovens in the present serving area seems to be inhabited by gremlins who must live up north and just pop in occasionally. It just quits. Then Scott talks to it in gentle tones (ok, maybe not so gentle,) and it works again. And they just get on with it.

They are always here the Saturday morning before pancakes to get things ready and begin cooking sausages and such. And they gather like-minded people around them to serve. They make ministry look easy.

fetscherDear Family,
Well, Andy Cooney didn’t disappoint. We hope to have him back next year and I would love to see some more folks help organize the program.

Deep thanks to Bill Loughlin for supplying the decorations, to the crew who put them around, Judy Fisher, Linda Hatlan, Joan Pruzinsky, Marilyn Sims and Sandy Keyser (who turns out to be a great dancer), Frank Krauser and Bob Romano for supplying the potables with the underwriting of the Men’s Club, The SSCCW for all the paper goods, Al Ferzacca for manning the bar, Nancy Adams, Amy Carroll and Judy once again for making the Irish coffees, Jackie Schoettle, Sue Blanchette for serving, Tom Gleason, Dottie Nolen (who was there at the beginning and as well,) and their friends for picking up after the meal. I’m sure there were others I didn’t see and I assure you that you’ll get double indulgences!

fetscherDear Family,
Is anyone else wondering where January went? I’m sure we had a good time last night at the Andy Cooney Show. I’m writing my reaction before the show so it’s an act of faith. Nevertheless, I doubt I’ll be disappointed recalling past history.

Waxy O’Connor’s on 17th Street brings us the true Irish food. Our thanks to Mark and Noreen Roehleder who own the pub. Monsignor Pat and Annie attended their wedding in Northern Ireland many moons ago. Now they grace our lives here. They both have a lilt to their voices so you might be tempted to ask where “Roehleder” came from. You can ask them the history when you drop in on Waxy’s. This is an unabashed plug if you haven’t been there yet.

fetscherDear Family,
We are on our way with ABCD. In our first week you have pledged $48,246. This year, as you heard last Sunday, our goal for 2017 is $101,948. The amount is based on our past contributions. I am hopeful that we will be as generous as we have been in the past. We will be missing one anonymous gift this year because the giver is now with the Lord, hopefully enjoying the life of heaven in peace. That gift determined our success in reaching our goal. So maybe all of us must stretch a little more to cover that. I’m just hopeful that the needs will dictate our contributions.

fetscherDear Family,
I said last week that I wanted to perhaps expand a little on the thoughts about our parish finances. I’ll be darned if I can remember what I wanted to say. Would $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ cover it?  I suspect Mary Wood (thanking her for the great job she always does – with pictures this year no less thanks to Ron Picur) would like a little more from me, so let me ruminate.

I hate talking about money. Doesn’t that sound “detached” and maybe “spiritual?” The truth is that I’m copping out on a responsibility that belongs to all of us. Hating it doesn’t relieve me (or you) from the responsibility of puffing my money where my mouth is; namely, what does it take to spread the gospel?

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