Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Thank you for your first responses to ABCD. We are already at 28% or $32,970 of our goal of $119,234.63. This number does not include amounts that you sent to the Archdiocese directly. So, we are off to another great year. I hope that doesn’t sound too presumptuous.

For those of you who are visitors, I’m talking about the annual ArchBishop’s Charities and Development appeal. Along with the other 100+ parishes, we pool our resources through ABCD to reach out to do things that individual parishes don’t handle. Again, I’m trying very hard not to presume anything, But,... Thank You!!!

By the way, I’m having many happy chuckles about the 4 of you who added the 63 cents to your pledge. That is a weird goal: $119,234.63

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Our Twitching begins with a pragmatic issue, namely the revelation of termites in our parish center. We will tent the entire complex this week. The tents come on Tuesday morning, February 1, and come off by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 3.

It will take $13,000+ to remove our little friends from our midst. Who knew termites could be so expensive? I suppose that is better than having the roof collapse on our heads or some more expensive fate. Once the bugs are thoroughly removed, we will be able to patch up the areas they have already affected and you won’t even see a trace of their presence. Of course, there will always be a “warm” memory in my financial heart. I make it sound like it’s my money. Only in part. I know it’s also yours.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
That might seem to be an odd heading for a Twitch but I’m hoping it got your attention. It all comes down to the second scripture we heard this weekend: I Corinthians 12 “You are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.”

Today’s reading is a lead-in to next Sunday when Paul continues describing that most important aspect of the body, namely the love that binds it together.

This week, I find myself thinking about just what does being a part of the body that we call Church really mean. Over the years I have remarked that I loved my previous parish very much. I was there for more than 30 years, but it was (and still is) very large. I would need to go through the cycle of the eight Masses we had on a weekend just to see folk once a month.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Last Sunday in the homily, I referred to Pope St. John Paul II’s gift of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, the first of which was last Sunday’s feast, the Baptism of Jesus. Today, we hear John’s gospel recounting the second Luminous Mystery, the wedding Feast at Cana. We hear from John because although it is Luke’s year, Luke doesn’t tell the story of the wedding feast at Cana.

As I said last Sunday, leave it to St. John Paul to fill in the blanks between the Joyful and the Sorrowful mysteries. In the public adult life of Jesus, we see the examples of how we are called to live God’s love, with grace and charity - the way Jesus did.

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