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Father Kenneth Wolnowski, 76

Father Kenneth Wolnowski, 76

Three Silver Knights, eight honorable mentions for Catholic high schools

Three Silver Knights, eight honorable mentions for Catholic high schools

at Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center

at Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center

Evangelizing in South Beach

Evangelizing in South Beach

Women's work yields plenty

Women's work yields plenty

Statement regarding new lawsuit against archdiocese

Statement regarding new lawsuit against archdiocese

One man's trash is another man's treasure

One man's trash is another man's treasure

Here's how to pray for Synod on the Family

Here's how to pray for Synod on the Family

Details finalized for papal pilgrimages

Details finalized for papal pilgrimages

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Gospel reading John 20:19-23

Pentecost Sunday : May 24, 2015

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midstand said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

”And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,and whose sins you retain are retained.”

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Msgr. Jim Fetscher

St. Sebastian Church

Pentecost: May 24, 2015

Dear Family,

Saying “Dear Family” has a special meaning for me after last weekend when 34 members of my ‘biological’ family gathered from all over the country. All six of my siblings came with most of their children and grandchildren. (Mom had six more after me to prove to the world she could do better.)

We did the Jungle Queen Friday night. I never had been on the Jungle Queen and I’ve got to say it was pretty good. It’s like living in New York and never seeing the Empire State Building until visitors ask you to take them. They feed you well on Jungle Island and they also give you hand wipes so that you don’t have to lick your fingers after fallapart ribs and chicken. More importantly it was an experience the family liked and I was relieved.

Saturday we hung out in the parish hall (I have connections) and had an Italian Pig Roast. I’ll let you use your imagination to figure out the menu, also a great meal and then some. Sunday there were still 20 of us here. Some had early planes, and some needed to get out of town before the cops knew they were here. The 20 came to Mass at 11:00 and were fed by Sue and Scott, the Martini’s with the pancake concession. Cynthia, Peter and Patty, Mary Alice, and Beverly came to help and we were treated very well. You’ll notice that included EVERYONE…

My nephew and his wife Jessie brought me to tears when they told us they are expecting, and my sister Pat had her tears when her daughter Kelly announced her engagement to a great guy, Jeff, who was also present.

My niece Kim and her husband Rene and their two, Brandon and Faith Marie, came early and Kimberly was incredible. Talk about an organizer. I‘m just sorry she doesn’t live here because she would be in high demand if she ever decided to go “pro.”

Having them all at Mass with you, my other family, and being so blessed by the kindness of the breakfast crew, I certainly also grew in my appreciation for being able to call all of you “family” as well. Annie was a wonderful behind the scenes presence between burning (tech term) DVD disks of pictures for the family and taking more pictures of us and gracing the gathering with her presence. Patricio and Kim became good friends. I kept saying to myself, “Who could ask for anything more?”

I feel a homily coming on. Living in Florida can be a bit of a burden if you come from the North. The relatives are farther away. (Of course, that might be a blessing for some, although I hope not.)

I guess I want to encourage you to think seriously about getting in touch with family you haven’t seen for a while. It’s one of those “Just do it” things that may surprise you with unexpected outcomes – good ones! Why? Well, when I saw my family gathered in one place, all I could think of was what an extraordinary group of people whose talents and love have doubtless touched many other people. It reminds you that you are part of that call to discipleship we heard about last Sunday. Jesus ascends and the two figures standing nearby say to the Apostles, “What are you waiting for?” “Get to work.” “Do what he told you.” “Go and share Good News.” I thank God for the families who help me remember why I do what I do.

In Jesus and his Holy Family,

Sacraments of healing: Reconciliation (part 2)

May 24, 2015

The spiritual effects of the sacrament of Penance are:

  • reconciliation with God by which the penitent recovers grace;
  • reconciliation with the Church;
  • remission of the eternal punishment incurred by mortal sins;
  • remission, at least in part, of temporal punishments resulting from sin;
  • peace and serenity of conscience, and spiritual consolation;
  • an increase of spiritual strength for the Christian battle. (Catechism 1496)

Source: Fountain of Grace, published by archdiocesan Office of Lay Ministry

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