November 15th message from Father Bob

Dear Parishioners, Near and Far,

I pray that you are staying healthy and safe and happy and personally distant.    What beautiful weather we have experienced these first two weeks of November!  On my walks the leaves have been spectacular. These past days we have lost a couple iconic celebrities. Sean Connery was 90 years old and most noted for his role as James Bond. He would always introduce himself as, “I am Bond…James Bond. To many including me, he was considered the best Bond and he was great in movies like “Goldfinger“. Many of us have watched “Jeopardy” for many years on television; now Alex Trebek is gone. Mr. Trebek was 80 years old and died from pancreatic cancer. In 1987, I was in New York City on vacation and one day sat in the audience of “Jeopardy”. I didn’t meet Alex but saw him on the stage. What a gentleman! Thanks to TV we will continue to see these celebrities with many fond memories.

As we approach Thanksgiving and the Feast of Christ the King we are reminded that ordinary time is ending and Advent will begin soon. These quick weeks before Christmas are so special to the church. It is the time to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child.

Thanks to all who handled the registration process and to you for making your reservations for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I am sure with the pandemic this will be a unique Christmas and one to remember.

Here is a quick summary of our readings for the weekend: the book of Proverbs gives us a snapshot of the ideal woman and man. Saint Paul’s letter soothes us with the fact that we are children of the light. There is no reason to fear the dark. The Gospel of Matthew presents us with the parable of the five talents. It is a tough story to interpret and apply to our own lives. Experts tell us that a talent was worth about $6000 in modern calculations. The characters are dishonest except for the one who chose not to feed into the dishonesty of the landlord. His courage is admirable; he is the “winner of the story”.

A little weekend humor:

Talking with his priest an elderly gentleman with serious hearing problems learned about a new medical procedure that would improve his hearing to almost 100% for the first time in many years. After the surgery, the man’s priest said, “Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.” The man replied, “Oh, I haven’t told my family yet, Father. I just sit around and listen to the family conversations. I’ve already changed my Will three times!”

Go Browns!!

With Him and His Mom,
Fr. Bob