Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Last week I wrote about the Synod which Pope Francis has called. Like many other synods he has called, the synod is a gathering of many bishops who come from around the world representing their own bishops’ conferences. However, as I mentioned last week, this Synod is unusual because the subject matter is the process of a synod itself.

In each diocese Pope Francis asked that there be a diocesan synod that begins on the grass roots level, namely us, the parish.

The idea is that what is generated at the parish and diocesan levels ultimately makes its way to the “Synod on Synodality.” In other words, the ultimate question that gets asked is what’s happening with God’s people all over the world and do we have the best means available of hearing their needs and then meeting those needs.

fetscherDear Family,
Let’s celebrate St. Francis of Assisi by blessing the animals. Right. That was the intent for last Monday, and we pulled it off... pretty much. The animals showed up, mostly great dogs and a couple of cats who doubtless were wondering what on earth they had gotten into. All went well.

Even Honey, the office ruler, was a perfect hostess. Sadly, the pizza folk, who shall remain nameless, turned out to be the only glitch and we went pizza-less. I may never know why. That probably worked for my waistline, but I hope our kids and parents weren’t too disappointed.

Having that special little gathering meant a lot since we have been devoid of moments like that for so long. Speaking of gathering...

There is an unfamiliar word working its way into our vocabulary, and its going to be there for the next couple of years. The word is “Synod.”

fetscherDear Family,
Tomorrow, on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we will gather in the little parking area behind the chapel at 6:00 p.m. to bless the animals. I’m hoping that the iguanas who sometimes inhabit the java plum trees over the area will feel free to drop in and not on.

We will also have some Shaq-a-ronis to continue the fun. I like the idea that one of the first “meals” we will have in our recovery time is a decent pizza. Pease make sure your pets are leashed or carried.

One of my most fun memories of this day, was when J. T. Cowgill brought a bearded dragon. Whatever attributes the dragon had, beauty was not one of them. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. J. T. has long since graduated college. Wonder if the dragon went with him. If I get any dragon news, I’ll let you know.

fetscherDear Family,
On Monday, October 4th, at 6:00 p.m. we will bless the animals. It’s the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. It’s something we can do outside, and we’ll get some pizza to eat after we’ve drenched all the pets with holy water. (I’ll avoid the cats.) Ask the Lord for some good weather. I’m looking forward to that little glimmer of normality.

Thanks to Msgr. Mike Hippee who helped with a couple of the weekday Masses while I recovered from an unfortunate accident that I had... with my power chair. Last Sunday I hit a curb in the little lot behind the chapel which someone had built overnight. OK, it was always there. Somehow the chair flipped and there I am on my whatever, kind of stunned and wondering what had just happened. Fortunately, Jose Gomez and his daughter Lina were just coming in, and Jose managed to leverage me off the lot. The power chair was no worse for wear, but your humble servant got a few scratches and dents. Jose alerted the bandage brigade and Lina carefully shepherded me into the Church.

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