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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Are you ready for Homiletics?

I'm sure the title is a dead give away about what our most recent formation weekend was all about. Terry didn't want to join me this weekend for two reasons, it's too cold inside of the building (yes I was reminded several times...too cold and you live in BURRRLIN!) and she didn't want to hear 23 candidates giving their first homily. Mike and I traveled together for the trip and he had a special treat for me, listening to Queen (my favorite band) on the way down.

As usual it was great to be with everyone again. We all had little treats that were given to all of us, and they were awesome! Thanks Mark & Valerie! Myth #1 it was cold inside of the building in the morning and then it was fine for the rest of the weekend. Myth #2, it was fortunate for everyone especially the wives that we didn't have to hear 23 homilies on the same subject.

Fr. Michael, I felt gave us all a very good sampling of what we are getting into and the basics on how to prepare for this. I could go on for quite a bit of time on what I took away from the weekend, but I'll share only one!

We need to preach to those who regularly attend Mass and relate the homily to what is going on in the world, and we also need to preach to those who are not going to Church and have decided to check us out! I know those aren't his words, but they are my take on this. I'm looking at this in a totally different light and I think most of us are seeing things through a different lens because of this experience.

Tomorrow is a special day as all the Candidates and their wives will be gathering at the Cathedral to witness the installation of our new Bishop! We have been getting more communications from the Diocese and when you combine tomorrow's event with the added emails, we all feel very welcomed! Thank You!

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis!


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