Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

msgrfetscherDear Family,
It’s hard to know where to begin. All I could think of was how we recovered after Hurricane Andrew in August 1992. The southern half of my parish was wickedly devastated and the northern half limped. But the saving grace about Andrew – if there could be one – was that it moved through quickly. For me personally, our power was off and so I could not watch any television coverage. Ian surely has been different.

Now we come to the part, as I said last week, when we look into the ways we can help. I also admit to being glad I have a cache of Star Trek Reruns. I’ve watched a few in the last week. It was a brief relief from looking at piles of wreckage. You can do that for just so long.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Happy Birthday! On Friday October 7th, the feast of the Holy Rosary you (we) will be 64 years old. (We don’t look a day over 39.) On October 7, 1958, Pope Pius XII established the diocese of Miami. Actually, it was a cou¬ple of months earlier but the official date was October 7th. Only two days after that, on October 9th, the Lord took him home.

Archbishop Joseph Hurley was the bishop of St. Augustine, which then included the whole state of Florida except for a few counties in the panhandle. He was an Archbishop because he had been a Vatican diplomat. I never tire of telling the story that he attended the trial of Cardinal Stepinac in Tito’s Yugoslavia after WWII. When the judges entered all rose except Hurley. When they brought in Cardinal Stepinac, only Hurley stood.

As a kid, I knew Archbishop Hurley.  I was a server for Archbishop Hurley when he would say Mass in the convent at Holy Family in North Miami. Nothing like getting out of class!

msgrfetscherDear Family,
On his 25th anniversary as a bishop, I (we) sent Archbishop Wenski congratulations from “the priest and people of St. Sebastian” tucked into some orchid plants. He responded:

Dear Jim and Parishioners of Saint Sebastian:

Thank you for the orchids you sent to my home for my 25th Anniversary of episcopal ordination.

I am grateful for your thoughtfulness and kindness. +Thomas Wenski.

Considering all he has on his plate, I was grateful for his note. More important than orchids, we must offer our prayers for him. Think of the challenge of walking the very fine line between the demands of the gospel and the tragedies that surround us. It takes huge doses of the Holy Spirit, especially when some subjects come up that have meant a great deal to you over the years.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Last week exploded with one momentous event after another. I won’t list them because you were there, too. Sometimes, I wanted to turn everything off or shut everything down. The only trouble is, you can do that for a while, but eventually you have to deal with all the ‘stuff.’

Annie will be taking a well-deserved break soon in a month or so. (Don’t ask for details. We get too nosy. Just pray she has a good time and a safe return.)

Annie came to mind because as I was writing about shutting things down, I remembered something! While Annie is away, I volunteered to invite “Honey” into the rectory. (Just in case someone needs clarity about it, Honey is Annie’s dog.)

I also remembered that when Honey is running in tight little circles and refuses a treat it means only one thing. Whether I want to hide or shut down, it won’t make a whisker of a difference. HONEY NEEDS SOME GRASS! AND IT’S NOT THE KIND YOU SMOKE! NOW!!!

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