Dear Parishioners and Friends Near and Far,
I began thinking about this letter while sitting comfortably outside. However, it didn’t take long for me to move into an air-conditioned room because it was 93° with no breeze. It is important to stay hydrated and cooler.
I am so proud of all of you! Parishioners are following the directives of 6 feet apart, wearing masks, putting kneelers down in their pews, and following the directions of the ushers at Communion time. Thank you to all our volunteers at each Mass.
It was with sadness when I made the decision to cancel our picnic this year because of the coronavirus. I think it is the first time we ever had to cancel. Our picnic next year should be a real blast and fun and also a healthy one. Many years ago I celebrated an outdoor Mass at Hinckley reservation. There were over 200 people dressed casually with picnic baskets and outdoor games. For the Mass, which had the same Gospel as today, we had an “action” homily. I had four people of the congregation hiding behind trees at the beginning of the Mass. From the parable, for the seed that fell just on the path, I had a 6’8″ man come to the altar holding just a walnut in his huge hands. For the seed that fell on rocky ground, a teenager approached the altar holding a lemon. For the seed that fell among thorns, a young girl about 10 years old approached the altar holding a cantaloupe. And finally, I had a really cute three-year-old girl approaching the altar with a huge watermelon. I wasn’t worried as she struggled with the very heavy fruit because if she dropped it, we were going to eat it anyway. She made it to the altar. We then spoke of Jesus’ words, “The seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields 100 or 60 or 30 fold.” We ate all four items during the picnic and I hope the flock got the message.
After Sunday I will be retreating and taking a few days away as I usually do in July. The Masses the next two weeks are covered by visiting priests and I’m sure our staff can handle things.
What name should replace the name of the Cleveland Indians??? I think it should be something cool that would look great on baseball caps and shirts. We need a good logo to replace the Wahoo and/or the boxed C.
A little humor:
Where do you take someone who has been injured in a Peek-a-Boo accident?
To the I. C. U.
A woman said, “Yesterday my husband thought he saw a cockroach in the kitchen. He sprayed everything down and cleaned thoroughly. Today I am putting the cockroach in the bathroom.”
With Him and His Mom,