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msgrfetscherDear Family,
As I write, (last Wednesday), I’m still floating in the wake of pulling together your synod responses.

When I say floating, I’m thinking I might have used “fogging” instead. But the product of your work – those of you who participated at the tables, or in written responses (12), - was really good.

Maryellen Maher, Ed and Jill Rebholz (our Synod representatives) as well as Annie Gardner and I each made a summary of your table responses.

We will meet to merge our five summaries. Our report and those of the other parishes and diocesan ministries will come together and be given to Archbishop Wenski who in turn gives it to the other U.S. bishops, who then combine and finally send it to Pope Francis. (Gasp and pant.)

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Wednesday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What does that mean? It means that when Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother Ann, unlike every one of us, she was without the mark of original sin that we inherited from Adam and Eve. Why? Her womb would become the sacred place where Mary would conceive Jesus under the power of the Holy Spirit.

“The person of Mary, (because) of her origin from Adam, should have been subject to sin, but, being the new Eve who was to be the mother of the new Adam, she was, by the eternal counsel of God and by the merits of Christ, withdrawn from the general law of original sin.” - NewAdvent.org

God made Mary the perfection of humanity in order that she might receive the perfection of divinity. I just made that line up, and I hope it will withstand the scrutiny of any good theologian.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
The Discalced Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Homestead is coming to completion and now the building needs furnishing. My former cardiologist from Miami, Dr. Armando Garcia, has been a big supporter of the cloistered nuns and he asked me for help in the project. You always do what your cardiologist (past or present) says.

The nuns have been in the Archdiocese for nearly 20 years. They have been living in the former convent of Immaculate Conception parish in Hialeah. After saving for many years, they were finally able to build a monastery in Homestead, saving over the years and finally pulling it off with the help of the people of south Florida as well as the Archdiocese.

Since the Lord has blessed us with extra funds as a result of the sale of the house on Barbara Drive, - now sadly demolished - in all our names I made a parish gift of $10,000 for the furnishings. I also sent some personal funds.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
I am so happy about our Synod 2021-23 gathering last Sunday. It went so well. There was a dynamic that a number of people felt: one of hope, and “we ought to do this more often.” Well, the question is, “Do what?” What was it we did?

Sure, a group coming to do anything in these days is special. But it was more than a social get-together. I think the dynamic of really listening AND the dynamic of being listened to, both played an important role in trying to come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be Church. For myself, I fully understand how someone can feel the Church is too clerical. I think part of that flows from the simple fact that at least in our big gatherings, (Mass), I’m always speaking and you’re always listening.

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