Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

shamrockDear Family,
How strange it feels to be writing this Twitch and wondering how, when and where you are likely to read it, if at all. I‘m writing on Tuesday the 17th. Goodness knows what will be happening by Sunday. At least I can rely on St. Patrick to guide me with some Irish brilliance – or failing brilliance, good old luck. (I’m extremely prejudiced on my mother’s side. County Mayo is sacred ground, even though there was a time when the rest of the Irish would say, “Mayo! God help us! Probably dates back to the hardships of the 19th century potato famine.)

Still, there is this:

fetscherDear Family,
Last Sunday my brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Carolyn came for Mass and lunch and then we sat in the rectory for another hour and talked some more, something we just don’t do often enough. Among other things, we talked about how age is giving us evolving perspectives about things. I’m sure that idea is no revelation to a great majority of you at St. Sebastian.

I mention it here, because as I looked over the scriptures for today’s liturgy - remember I am writing this last Monday the 9th, our conversation came rolling back. For some reason, Romans struck me in what seemed to be new ways. I knew the words, but they meant more...

fetscherDear Family,
Last week I wrote about a lot of things like ash¬es, Lenten books, fasting, reconciliation. I ended the Twitch with, “Keep God’s love simple no matter how many little things you read here. Make that the bottom line.”

Never did I dream that in a week I’d be writing about the effects of a virus, Coronavirus or COVID-19, to be precise. We will join the Archdiocese in following a few simple practices.
I found that going to the World Health Organization’s information page was really excellent. Rather than playing doctor as I Twitch along, I want you to go and check it out:  Link-->  World Health Organization

The following is the MEDIA ALERT that Archbishop Wenski issued on March 3.

fetscherDear Family,
We just put away the Christmas decorations and here we are at Lent. As I write, Patricio and Pat O’Dea are raising the Lenten drapes. Patricio burned last year’s palms yesterday and ashes are in the making. And thanks to Annie and her helpers, the Rice Bowls from Catholic Relief Services and the Lenten daily meditation booklets from Liturgical Press are distributed. Sounds like we’re ready, doesn’t it? Well,...

All those items are but furnishings for a spiritual Easter house we can build. It comes down to what kind of design are we using?

fetscherDear Family,
I hope you had a good time at the Mardi Gras celebration. For us Fat Tuesday came on Fat Saturday, Samedi Gras. Doesn’t sound as good as Mardi. Once again, I’m writing this Twitch before last night’s gastric spectacular. I’m a man of hope, so I expect I will have something of a Cheshire cat smile on my face when you see me next.

Thank you to the women of our Council of Catholic Women (SSCCW), especially Kate Heffner and Kaye Drohan who worked hard to give us a great time together.

Mardi Gras reminds me of being a little like a bear bulking up to get ready for a winter’s hibernation. However, we are preparing, not for hibernation but meditation, contemplation, reflection, introspection. My Thesaurus also gave me other words: thought, consideration, musing, concentration, deliberation.

fetscherDear Family,
ABCD Update!
You are great! As I write (on Feb. 11th) we are at 67% of our goal. That means $33,388 to go. I know we can.

For those of you who are visitors or new to the parish, ABCD (ArchBishop’s Charities and Development) is the appeal the Archdiocese makes each year to help fund outreach work that extends beyond parishes. They are the joint responsibilities of all the parishes. It’s a fixed part of the budget.

So, if we are not able to meet our goal, we will have to fund the difference from our regular parishes revenues. In return for that condition, the Archdiocese will also return to the parish any excess over our goal. Can I call that “we got your back” holiness?” Never mind. I won’t push it.

fetscherDear Family,
As Kansas City basked in the joy and light of Super Bowl victory, I was thinking about our other Archbishop, namely Archbishop Jim Keleher, our good friend and Archbishop Emeritus of Kansas City, Kansas. I called him last Monday morning and he was delighted about the outcome. He said he was getting concerned until “the boys” finally came through in the fourth quarter. He prayed them through right until the end. He hopes perhaps to see us in the not too distant future. Hearing him sound well was a great way to start the week.

Before I even write my next words, I know I am probably going to be in big, serious, hairy eyeball trouble. The words I’m thinking: “Why is it that I’ve never heard one woman’s junk is another woman’s treasure”? The answer: “Because men are from Mars and women are from Venus.”

fetscherDear Family,
Talk about SUPER. We’ve got it all today, and it isn’t just happening in the “Bowl” of the Hard Rock Stadium. (Go Chiefs – waiting 50 years. I know how they feel.)

Groundhog Day finds folk in western Pennsylvania watching for Punxsutawney Phil. If he sees his shadow as he emerges from hibernation, we (they) have six more weeks of winter. No shadow means Spring is coming quicker. Seems like it should be the other way around. Go Figure.

Then there is Candlemas Day. This is when people traditionally bring candles to be blessed. The tradition is that it gives the folk light to face the remaining winter weeks.

fetscherDear Family,
I’m writing last Monday, January 20th, the Feast of Saint Sebastian. There was a good group at 8:00 a.m. morning Mass. In honor of St. Seb, we sang. We were in good voice and good cheer.  I didn’t ask how many had been at our dinner at Tropical Acres on the 17th, but this morning’s cheer was a carryover for me.

The Pastoral Council members pitched in and each had a part in making our dinner a huge success. Judy Fisher sent out 650 invitations. Connie Reed, Liz Calhoun and Annie Gardner were the organizers par excellence. Nancy Adams, Frank Krauser, Rosemary Guerin and Ann Murry went early to set up, labeling tables and making sure each place had a special pen. (Shining the light of Christ! Get it?) Chuck Wobby rounded out the group with handling the seating assignments – no mean feat - and smiling a welcome for folks as he did so.

fetscherDear Family,
Here I am once again, thinking about something that, AS I WRITE, has not happened yet. With God’s help, by the time you read this Twitch, we will have had a wonderful Sixtieth Anniversary Dinner.

Next week I’ll be sure and thank all those who made it happen, but I especially know I will be grateful to Connie Reed and Liz Calhoun for arranging the venue and keeping track of all those names with their filets or salmons.

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