When I left the parish at about 12:20 P.M. following the last Mass, I headed straight to St. Albert Catholic Schools. This was the location of Oktoberfest being hosted by St. Peter's Catholic Church. The place was bustling with activity by the time I arrived. The Mustang convertible being raffled off was parked right at the main entrance and drawing a lot of attention. I can only imagine the excitement of the winner of that drawing. Overall, it looked like a beautiful gathering. A tip of the hat to all who invested many hours of work to make this endeavor a success.
After spending time at Oktoberfest I went home briefly to visit with my son who had come home from college for the weekend. We decided that a good use of our time together would be to go shopping for winter clothes for him. (Remember we just moved from balmy Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.) After our shopping spree we had a quick dinner together and then we were both off. He went back to school and I headed for the funeral home to offer my condolences to a family well-connected to St. Albert.
It has been a long day, but a beautiful day. I am indeed very blessed. Before I began writing my blog post, I took time to listen to a song. A friend of mine texted after one of the Masses and recommended that I listen to the song "Cherish" by Kool and the Gang. He said it corresponded well with my homily. I had not heard the song in a while and could not recall the lyrics. I pulled it up on YouTube and listened to the song and watched the official video. There is a good message in the lyrics. It is my hope that we do "Cherish the Love."
Many thanks to Fr. James for inviting me to preach this weekend. I am also grateful to all the parishioners who offered encouraging feedback after my homily. I am very happy that it connected with many folks. Please know of my prayers for each of you. May God meet each of you at the point of your need with His love, grace, mercy, compassion, and healing. "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His mercy endures forever."