December 9, 2018

December 4, 2018

From Father Jordan, O.P.

 

My Dear Ones,

 

May the grace of Our Lord remain always with us!

 

Please join me in thanking Karin Schrott and the members of her awesome committee for all of their hard work, dedication, and self-sacrifice that made the Saint Sebastian Inaugural Christmas Bazaar such a great success! Last Saturday was a truly great day in the life of our Parish: there was a great spirit of friendship and joy; and a spirit of great charity! Praise God! I cannot thank Karin enough; nor am I able to adequately express my deep and genuine appreciation for all the committee did to bring this day to reality! Thank you to all of you who volunteered time to help at one of the stations, or worked in the kitchen, or to greet people as they arrived. And, thank you to all of you who came and shopped and spent your treasure to help keep people warm! I know that God shines His mercy and love upon us for all you did to cloth the naked, and in this case, to keep the poor warm! Thank you, Lord, for a truly great day.

 

Each day a pastor is greeted with many different surprises: some happy, some not so happy. On Monday of this week I had one of those not so happy surprises. Ms. Marie and I were having one of our usual Monday meeting. I knew something was not right, and I asked Marie if she was all right. Marie quietly stated that she wants to retire. I am very sad to share this news with you. Both Ms. Marie and I sat in silence for a moment; and we each had tears in our eyes. Ms. Marie’s last day will be on Monday, December 17. First, I thank Ms. Marie for 19 years of service to our community: 12 as the Coordinator of Religious Education and 7 as a catechist in the Religious Education Program. Secondly, I am most grateful for the selfless dedication Ms. Marie has shown to our community. She is punctilious in every detail of her job, and her job was not a job but a ministry. You can mention a name to Marie and she will give you the entire family history. You can ask Marie for a recommendation for someone to do something, and she is able to, as they say, “hit the nail on the head.” Personally, I am most grateful to Marie! When I moved here in June, Marie organized students to help me move into the Rectory. As I have tried to transition and settle into a very different world, it has been Marie who helped me learn about and understand every bit of liturgical history attached to our community. And, Marie has been most open and appreciative of new ideas and fresh eyes: it is an understatement to say that I will miss Ms. Marie! But, the most important aspect of this is Ms. Marie’s happiness and the realization of her desire, “I want to be retired – full-time!” We will honor Ms. Marie with a very special reception on Sunday, January 6, The Feast of the Epiphany, following the 9 am Mass. Religious Education Classes on that Sunday will be joining in the celebration of Ms. Marie.

 

Today, the Second Sunday of Advent is the first of two Sundays in which our Advent Liturgy focuses upon John the Baptist: the prophet who wore camel hair and ate wild honey; the prophet thought to be out of his mind. It is not easy or fun to be a prophet! 99 times out of 100 a prophet bears a message no one wants to hear!! However, it is only when we listen to the prophets that mountains and hills are made low, rough ways smooth and winding ways made straight. It is only by listening to the prophet’s warning do we find peace! May all of our hearts be open to the prophets God sends into our midst today.

 

Until we meet at the altar… O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee!

 

In the Lord,

Fr. Jordan, O.P.

 

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