FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY
This Monday the church remembers St. Blaise, Bishop of Sebastea and Martyr around 316 A.D.. According to legend, he was born of rich and noble parents, receiving a Christian education and being made bishop while still quite young. On one occasion, as the story goes, a woman brought him a young boy who was on the point of death owing to a fishbone in his throat. Blaise prayed over the boy, the bone was dislodged and the boy lived. On account of this and other stories like it, St. Blaise has been invoked for many centuries for all kinds of throat trouble. And in our own churches, throats of the faithful were blessed. In keeping with this tradition, throats of parishioners will be blessed after the morning Masses on Monday, Feb. 3. Also all throats of those attending Masses on the weekend will be blessed in totoas the final blessing of the Mass.
I think it is safe to say that we truly live in an electronic age. Wherever you go, people are walking around with a phone to their ear, a blackberry or something similar in their hands, people texting without end, etc. In fact, in a restaurant I recently saw two people sitting at the same table texting to someone with very little conversation occurring between them. People even are addicted to their computers at home or work place. The electronic age is supposed to move us forward in life and make it better; I think just the opposite. It has made us too dependent upon the gadgets of the world. Why am I saying this? Very simply, I am not addicted to my computer in the rectory. I do not live by the electronic gadgets society offers. Why am I saying this? Because the question came up – “Does not Father read his e-mails? I sent him one and he did not respond yet (sent just a few hours earlier).” But like I said, I feel my priesthood is not dictated by the ELECTRONIC AGE. I do read my e-mails, when I get the time and opportunity to do so. I do check them regularly, but not as often as some might do. I do not have another “whistle or bell” go off when an e-mail comes through. There are too many sounds and whistles going off and they can drive people nuts. I have always based my priesthood on having a personal relationship with people, one on one. I rather be out working with people then sitting behind a desk typing on a computer. For some, I understand typing, texting and talking on a cell is vital to their work. But for me, I’d rather visit a hospital, hear a confession, celebrate Mass or validate marriages. So in conclusion, if I do not respond quickly enough to an e-mail, please understand I will get to it when I can. I am not ignoring it; I am just trying to get through the many things that come across my desk. Thanks for understanding.
I do want to THANK all those who made our CATHOLIC SCHOOLS CELEBRATION last week a huge success. I felt the week started off with a spiritual blessing with the Mass and it continue throughout the week. To all the volunteers, teachers, administration and parents, thanks so much for making our Catholic School celebration something that will be remembered. God bless you all.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK – A LITTLE EARLY, BUT….It was Palm Sunday but because of a sore throat, 5-year-old Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter. When the family returned home, they were carrying several palm fronds. Johnny asked them what they were for. "People held them over Jesus' head as he walked by," his father told him. "Wouldn't you know it," Johnny fumed, "the one Sunday I don't go and he shows up."