I was challenged to preach quite a bit during my Christmas vacation from work at SW. I preached at three Masses prior to Christmas, two Communion Services at the Federal Prison, one Mass at the Nursing Home and also three Masses after Christmas. Wow! I realized how challenging it was to just live in the moment, and not thinking ahead to the next time. I loved the challenge and looking forward to the next time I will preach again.
New Years Eve Terry, myself, my brother and his family spent a glorious evening at the Disney of the North Country....Santa's Village. We had an amazing time and truly enjoyed ourselves. I think the little boy in me made a grand appearance.
We then had friends stay over the following night and enjoyed a great evening out for supper and time spent with their children coming for a visit.
Yes, there is more, the next night we had an evening campfire with family and friends. I couldn't have asked for more!
Today with a heavy heart we laid to rest a dear friend of mine, Don. I met Don about 7 years ago at the Tuesday night bowling league. What endeared me to him was his infectious laugh and his joie de vivre. I could not miss receiving the honor of serving as Deacon at his funeral. I know I have shared this with some of you in the past, and today it is very appropriate. Being of French descent I loved growing up saying Adieu. A french man never says goodbye, for to us goodbye means forever. We say Adieu, meaning unto God I give you until we meet again. No matter if the person is alive or not, it is Adieu. So to Don I say Adieu mon Amis, a la prochaine fois. Unto God I give you Don, until we meet again.
May the God of Mercy shine upon all of you in the coming year and may your hearts be filled with love, joy, and good health.
Adieu mes Amis,