1985 Dec 8 – 2nd Sun Advent (Bulletin Letters)
When we started having home masses in August, our focus was farm families and the rural crisis. Good things came about from these gatherings. The rural crisis is a very important concern and will continue to be a high priority. However, our home masses have been taking on another character, one that I am very pleased with. They have been opportunities for me to meet you in your home settings. More and more the masses have been attended by family members only. I have had a couple of masses in which the host couple was the only attendants. I really enjoy the intimacy of such gatherings. These weekly masses are my way of home visitation. I have started asking non-farm families to host the masses.
I want to say two things about the masses. 1) It’s no big deal! Hosting a home mass is no great burden. There isn’t a home in the community unfit for a home mass. A little drink and cookies afterwards should cause no great concern. If you have Father over for supper beforehand – it’s no great fuss. I’d gladly have whatever is on the menu. My chances are better with you than left to myself in the rectory. 2) It is a big deal! The Eucharist is the central prayer and life of our Church. To have a home mass is a privilege. It is an honor for me to be able to bring the Lord into your homes. What better reason to make a visit than to also bring the Eucharist into your home? Please be open to having a mass in your home in the future. I like to keep scheduled a few weeks ahead of time. If there is a week in which you would like me to come, let’s get it scheduled.
FRYING PAN: I’m in need of a good heavy cast iron frying pan. The Teflon pan has run its course and poses a health hazard for me if continually used. If you have a spare one around, I could use it.