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Pentecost XVII

During the High Mass on Labor Day weekend, the Lilies glow in the morning sun.

Daily Sermons
September 10 – Fr. Lehtoranta – St. Pulcheria, A Pious Princess
September 14- Fr. Lehtoranta – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 16 – Bp. Dolan – What Did You Bring to Mass Today
September 17 – Fr. Lehtoranta – Never Settle for Less Than Your Best
September 18 – Fr. Lehtoranta – The Brave Penitent Mary Magdalen

✠ The Bishop’s Corner ✠
The Queen Anne’s Lace, I noticed this morning, has graciously given way to the Goldenrod, sure harbinger of Autumn, along with the cooler nights and beautiful mornings. All the children are in classes now, and some of the lucky ones are studying their catechism each Sunday. September, already at its half way mark, has had its Ember Days, and Holy Cross and Seven Sorrows. This afternoon’s picnic makes it official: Autumn is here. You’ll find some of our Fall plans detailed in today’s bulletin. Be sure to get a ticket for the Rosary Confraternity Breakfast today. And don’t forget some picnic lunch with us at Sharon Woods Park.

Another name for Qyeen Anne’s Lace is bishop’s lace, I’ve just learned. This reminds me that this bishop’s lace is often in tatters. My alb sleeve was ripped last Sunday, much to my chagrin, and the cuffs of the rochet I reached for were as well. Could anyone give a hand, even just take a project or tvvo? It would certainly be appreciated. Much of what we use is getting pretty old, but then again so am I, but there’s still some life in us, with a little care. A stitch in time saves nine! God reward still nimble fingers.

Fr. McKenna reported the other day that Bee Lutkehaus was having an especially good day, so he took his time after Holy Communion, and gave her all the news he could think of,much to her delight. Loraine Gates was also up, and while not about, was certainly with it to make a devout Holy Communion. The same was true for Janet Clementi, who is deaf, but can still read a message. Elizabeth Smith is pretty much blind now, and has her good days and bad days, Richard her husband faithfully looking after her, with a little help from outside.

Fr. McKenna was up to the prison near Cleveland the other day, where he has a new catechumen, Michael, who will be studying the Faith. He was able to see both him and Joseph Murphy, who made his Communion. “I was in prison and you visited me.”

Fr. McKenna takes the Mass to the Louisiana faithful today, and aftervvards goes to join his family in Florida for his vacation. Fr. Lehtoranta is far from home and family this year, stuck in some sort of an INS nightmare, unable now even to renew his license, thanks to the Federal government which has made such a mess of things for the renewal of his Visa. We are of course at their mercy, and can only pay and pray for the next temporary solution.

Brendan and Freddy were out painting the parking lot wall the other day. Much maintenance work, especially as we pass our tvvelfth anniversary in our “new” church. I noticed the lights are starting to burn out in church. That will be a big project. The boys think they have discovered the raccoon entrance on the roof, and we’ll see about removing the welcome mat, with any luck.

Bergoglio will soon disgrace our shores. The wily old Jebbie has managed an end run around the Curia, the Code of Canon Law, and the conservatives in his efforts to make Catholic divorce a reality, and easier than civil divorce. This end run business is one of his favorite tactics. But some Novus Ordo conservatives are now talking about him being invalidly elected, and no pope! They’re stealing our thunder. Be sure to read Bishop Sanborn’s informative newsletter each month, or to follow him and our own Fr. Cekada on Francis Watch.

See you this afternoon! God keep you all.
-Bishop Dolan