Earlier in the week I had been invited by a fellow deacon (Deacon Dan) to attend a concert upon my arrival in Pinedale. I arrived in town shortly after 6:00 P.M. and by 6:30 P.M. we were comfortably seated in the Pinedale Auditorium waiting for the Harlem Gospel Choir to begin their concert. According to the program handed out at the concert, “The Harlem Gospel Choir has performed alongside superstars such as Bono, Diana Ross, The Gorillaz, and Andre Rieu. They have performed for three presidents (President Obama, President Carter, and President Nelson Mandela), two popes (Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI) and have recorded with the likes of Sir Keith Richards, The Chieftains, and Trace Adkins.” It was a wonderful evening and the concert was something I would have never anticipated attending in rural Wyoming. It was a real treat to have been able to experience this uplifting event. Thanks Deacon Dan!
It had been an exhausting day on Friday after working in the office in the morning, making the long drive in the afternoon, and attending the concert in the evening. However, I was ready and excited for the all-day retreat with the parishioners of Our Lady of Peace on Saturday. Although the attendance was limited, it was a fruitful day and I am grateful for having had the opportunity to spend such a wonderful day with these fine folks. Thanks Father Peter James for the invitation to share this time with your congregation!
Due to the weather forecast I decided to drive back to Cheyenne following the retreat on Saturday evening. It was a long ride but I made it back home before the snow moved in and the interstate eventually closed. I have learned that keeping an eye on road and weather conditions is important in Wyoming. I am glad I paid attention because the interstate highway was closed for much of the day on Sunday.
I had hoped to make it to Fort Collins for the final day of the 40 Days for Life campaign but weather and road conditions made it a little too dangerous to make the trek across the border. Shoveling snow and driving on ice-packed roads this morning started the work week out with a little more excitement than necessary. I am officially tired of winter. As we move through Holy Week I am hoping Easter brings with it a touch of spring that hangs with us until summer.