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Yes, this is my First Christmas.....as a Deacon of course. Fr. Andrew reminded me and the entire congregation of that, along with the story ...

Friday, May 31, 2013


It is with great joy and blessings to our Lord Jesus Christ we announce the birth of our grand daughter.

Thanks to all for your prayers!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,

Peppere et Memere

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Waiting for baby M!

Good morning to all! Terry and I are in Portsmouth anxiously,almost impatiently waiting for baby to make her first appearance. We ask for your continued prayers for all children born and unborn.          

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,

Terry and Mitch

Monday, May 27, 2013

One of the greatest gifts!

It's been almost three years now in this journey and it has been everything and more than I expected. Now, if today you would ask me what is one of the best parts of this journey, I would have to say the new friends that I have met.

Recently I've been battling with my allergies and the allergies have been winning. I spent an overnight with friends and the following day they all commented how tired and worn out I looked. I knew that the medication I was taking would produce some of those symptoms but not to the extent that they would be so noticeable.

I've since discontinued using that medication because I didn't like the effects of them myself. One of my employees said " you haven't been your bubbly self!"

On Sunday my friend called an asked how I was doing and just the call itself really lifted my spirits. I'm still amazed as to how much these people have become much more than friends, they are family!

I believe this is only a taste of what is yet to come!

By the way, my last paper was turned in time, my psych evaluation is done, my last class for year three is officially over, and on the weekend of June 7,8, and 9th we will have our final formation weekend for the year.

On June 9th we will be received in the Rite of Acolyte which is the final step prior to ordination. We still have a busy year ahead of us all, but we are now less than a year away.

Thanks for your prayers, thank you for your friendship, may God Bless you all!

Bonsoir et Adieu mes Amis,


Sunday, May 19, 2013

You can do it........Yes you can....shhhh... don't worry!

Today we celebrate the feast of Penetecost, you know the one with the fiery tongues hovering over the head of the apostles. Today is also a special day as a former pastor came home to speak to cover for our pastor who is on vacation Fr. Dumont was in Berlin for 10 years and today is a sort of homecoming for him. We got a chance to chat a bit before Mass and I shared with him how this third year had gone by.

While listening to his homily I really enjoyed his message of hope and comfort. He spoke about how 2,000 years ago Christ left the Church in the hands of the Apostles. He spoke how little time he had spent with them, approximately 2 1/2 years. Teaching, correcting, camping, being with them His friends. He spoke how they struggled when He died, how excited they were when He rose again, and how discouraged they soon became when He said He was leaving them.

He told them "you can do it " the Church is now in your hands. Despite their doubts he told them to keep believing, because I do, and I know "you can!" He then shared the message of the "Good Shepherd" and how Jesus would comfort us like our mothers and fathers and hold us tightly in His arms and tell us....."Shhhh.... my little one....don't worry, I'll take care of you!"

The Church has been handed down to all of us to share the "Good News" of Christ. There are less and less of us attending Mass and we must persevere in this endeavor. Even though we may struggle and get discouraged at times we need to remember that He gave us the Holy Spirit and that he is holding us ever so tightly to get back up when we have fallen, believe that together "We cand do it!"

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,


Friday, May 17, 2013

Winding down year three!

Wednesday evening marked the final class for year three. Unfortunatley I couldn't attend as I am battling the might forces of allergies and I'm not faring very well. I have one last paper to write and will travel tomorrow to Manchester to get another psych evaluation.

With work winding up it's getting very hectic these days. I also received good news this week as I have been approved as a volunteer at the federal prison. Today one of chaplains stopped in and talked for a while.

One more thing, I'm also waiting patiently for the day I become a pepere, (french for grandfather).

So please keep the prayers coming and I'll be posting more shortly!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,


Sunday, May 12, 2013

The seed of my faith!

If you were to ask me today who nurtured your faith, who was the most influential person in your spiritual journey? My Mom! Ever since I can remember I have been touched by the love my Mom has for Christ's Church and that love got transfered to me and has only grown over the years. Recently I read some more remarks from our Holy Father Pope Francis,

"Remember your mothers, your grandmothers, your catechists, who gave you the word of God, the faith … the gift of faith! They transmitted to you this gift of faith. Meditating on the law of the Lord, see that you believe what you read, that you teach what you believe, and that you practice what you teach. Remember too that the word of God is not your property: it is the word of God. And the Church is the custodian of the word of God."
"In this way, let what you teach be nourishment for the people of God. Let the holiness of your lives be a delightful fragrance to Christ’s faithful, so that by word and example you may build up the house which is God’s Church."
My Mom gave me the gift, the geatest gift she could ever give to me. I pray that these words from our Holy Father may inspire others to continue to transmit that wonderful gift of faith.

A tous les mamans je wous souhaite une bonne et hereuse journee!

To all mothers I wish beautiful day to all of you!

Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Encourage each other daily while it is still today!

Mike and I are finishing up week two of our moral theology course, with a guest teacher. It was a mixed bag of blessings and difficulties. The blessings were the teacher's marvelous sense of humor and how he brought that into our discussions on moral theology.

Unfortunately, there were shades of Plymouth (A Baroque Church) that made this a challenging and frustrating evening. In our final year of Plymouth I shared how we were all a little, actually heavily frustrated with this tele-conferencing. Well Wednesday night we were treated to looking at a blank screen and trying to pay close attention to the teachers voice. One of our students in Littleton asked if they could change the camera angle in the final hour so that we could actually see the teacher. Needless to say the final hour was very good.

Mike and I have a one hour commute back home and sometimes we stumble upon something that sets our hearts on fire. We got into a discussion on some of our parishioners and then he did it.....Mike said " next time you see her, please encourage her! She is a wonderful person who could really benefit from some kind words!" Well it didn't take me long to think about what I read almost every morning in the Invitatory....

"Encourage each other daily while it is still today!"
Almost everywhere you go you can hear a message of urgency, buy now, limited time offer, hurry now! How often do we use this sense of urgency to build up the body of Christ?
I try quite often to build up people, but as I told Mike " I can do better!"
So with this sense of urgency in mind, take that extra moment to encourage someone today, while you still can!
Bonjour et Adieu mes Amis,