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Posted by on Jun 24, 2009 at 4:43 pm

If a lazy blogger goes on vacation and retreat, will anyone notice?

If they do, pray for me. The plans look wonderful and God is good AND its the year of the priest- what more could I ask for? Your prayers.

Something timely and new when I get back? Pray for Priests



Running to stand still

Posted by on Nov 29, 2007 at 3:19 am

Sorry there haven’t been substantial posts in a while. I had a nice vacation to St. Louis over Thanksgiving and then I had to hit the ground running this week, including this weekend. My pastor is gone for his monthly National Guard duty so I will be flying solo. That means:

  1. Friday Wedding
  2. Saturday Funeral (Deacon will take the wake Friday evening)
  3. Saturday Confessions
  4. Saturday Vigil Mass #1
  5. Saturday Vigil Mass #2
  6. Sunday Mass #1
  7. Sunday Family Education Program
  8. Sunday Mass #2
  9. Sunday Baptisms, numbering 3
  10. Sunday Confessions at Newman Center
  11. Sunday Mass at Newman Center
  12. Collapsing in exhaustion.

It is a good thing I don’t do this for the money…
It is a good thing I remember that some people have it more difficult…

…by that I mean I’m not a whiner.



Not that you’ll notice…

Posted by on Sep 16, 2007 at 3:01 pm

I’ll be on retreat this week. So the already sparse posting will not exist until after Friday, September 21st. Your prayers for a good retreat are appreciated.

I’ll be at BroomTree Retreat Center outside Irene. A great place, check out their men’s or women’s retreats!

The retreat is run by Sr. Briege McKenna O.S.C. and Fr. Kevin Scallon C.M. under the title Intercession for Priests. I am excited as this is the first time in a while that I’ll be going into a retreat with little idea what to expect. All I really want to do on retreat is encounter the Mystery of the Father through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. Is that too much? I hope not.



Back from Vacation…

Posted by on Aug 14, 2007 at 12:31 am

Vacation was very satisfying and invigorating, especially witnessing the marriage of two good friends. The ribs at Rendezvous Ribs in Memphis were kickin’! The waiters at Rendezvous are famously rude- they sometimes simply bring you ribs without even asking. Though, having had the ribs, that rudeness is really kindness.

My niece in St. Louis was adorable as always. She is growing up and is the big sister now, as my brother and his wife are expecting their long awaited second. I had Ted Drewes custard and Gus’s Pretzels (the Italian Sausage stuffed ones are superb!) but my only regret is that Grant’s Farm wasn’t open so my niece could show me the Clydesdale Stables.

Back to the vineyard of St. Mary’s!



Vacation, all I ever wanted…

Posted by on Aug 3, 2007 at 3:37 am

I’m down in St. Louis and Memphis for a visit to my brother’s new digs and a wedding. Very exciting, especially after a busy couple of weeks in Aberdeen (though no work on St. Mary’s website yet).

Tonight, my brother, his wife and I were talking and it was late. My brother wanted to make a sandwich for work tomorrow.

Problem. No more peanut butter.

Solution. His wife and I head out to Schnucks (ahh…southern names!).

As we head out, I’m thinking: “10pm, clerics, traveling with a woman…prudent? Too tired to change, lets go!”

We get the peanut butter and some apples for my drive to Memphis. As we leave Schnucks, an employee comes up to me: “Excuse me, are you some kind of minister or something?” It turns out “A” is in serious marital trouble. We talked a bit and “A” seemed genuine and contrite. He knew that he hadn’t been a good husband to “R” but didn’t want to loose her. It was actually very moving.

Thank you Lord Jesus, Divine Physician, for the gift of encountering “A”‘s earnest desire for you within my priesthood. Thank you Jesus, Great High Priest, for an envigorating and rejuvinating beginning to my vacation.