Icebox Chronicles

st-williams

Well, I have settled back into life in the East Coast Icebox.  Nice. A far cry from Perth, LA and Texas.  In any case, I am glad to be back.

While in Texas I did more than just supervise Fra Didacus’ production of video antics.  I actually preached and heard confessions.  I don’t know if anyone got any further than our version of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, but there is actually a sermon after the intro.

Many thanks to Father Paul Weinberger for inviting us to his parish, St. William the Confessor.  I was happily edified by the good father’s care of his flock: six masses on Sunday and on the Holy Day and confessions galore.  And there was always a line for confession.  We were assisted by a large cadre of altar servers who were impeccable.   Thank you to them as well as to Chris who acted as MC, during the liturgy and was generally very helpful.   Many thanks  also to all the parishoners at St. William who were so kind to us.

Of special note is the devotion to the Blessed Mother that is clearly evident at St. William.  The Immaculate Conception Holy Day was attended by nearly everyone in the parish.  I had the honor of blessing a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Rosary Garden on the solemnity (statue pictured above) and of attending the nightly procession in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in preparation for the feast.

In particular, thanks to the family of our Fra Lawrence, the Fowlers.  In the photo above that would be from left to right: John (dad), Christa, Ashley, Meg (mom), (Fra Lawrence), Mary, (yours truly), Katherine, (Father Paul and Fra Didacus).  Thank you for all the hospitality and entertainment!! It was refreshing to see traditional Catholicism lived with a sense of humor, that is, with a sense of proportion.

Well, I have to knuckle down now. . . that is, with white knuckles as my fingertips go numb typing away and my breath freezes in mid air and then melts all over the monitor (drama, sniff).

Texas Mission

Here are a couple of videos of the preaching mission I am conducting in Greenville, Texas at St. William’s Parish.  Fra John Lawrence, one of our novices comes from this parish.  Father Paul Weinberger, the pastor invited us out to preach in preparation for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Father is in the process of created a rosary procession garden across the street from the Church and we will be blessing the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the December 8.

We are staying with Fra John Lawrence’s family nearby and are very grateful for their hospitality, their prayerfulness and their good humor.

Fra Didacus is with us as well and has been taking care of the video end of things.  He and Fra John Lawrence have created a rather clever thematic intro for the videos.

Here is the First Friday Homily:

And here is the First Saturday homily in two parts: