Sunday Sermon and In Person Live Didn’t Show Up In My Pajamas Morning Mass

12 Apr

“I don’t know about you, but I was so nervous that the first Sunday back to church in person, that I would show up in my pajamas and slippers. Phew! I remembered to get dressed. You’re welcome!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A very special Sunday for me. I attended 9 o’clock Mass at St. Gabriel this morning. This is the first time in many months. I’m feeling more confident having had my vaccines for about a month now. It was wonderful to be back. (And… I didn’t show up in my pink polka dot pajamas.)

It was nice to see familiar faces and good friends. I sat with Jerry and Helene, and even though we are still wearing masks and distancing, families sit together, and we are family. (Just not by blood.)

Today’s Gospel was the ever popular story of “Doubting Thomas.” Jesus appeared to the disciples locked in an upper room in fear after the resurrection. Thomas was not there, and when he returned, he did not believe that Jesus appeared, saying that he would need to see and touch the wounds to believe.

A week later, all were in a locked room together and Jesus appeared, again saying, “Peace be with you.” Jesus challenged Thomas to touch the wounds if he needed proof…

“Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

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Ah, that’s a good one. My take on it is pretty much the same as yours. Those who believe without physical proof are blessed. You haven’t seen God, but you still believe. You haven’t seen heaven, but you believe. I believe in Angels and haven’t seen one, but I have felt a presence and guidance. Then, there are those lucky pennies and feathers that appear. Thats the definition of faith.

Ohhhhhh! I was so delighted and amazed that the church had a sensor activated holy water dispenser! Did you ever? I never heard of such a thing. There hadn’t been any water in the front or holy water dispensers for like a year. When we were exited, I noticed people putting their hand beneath this dispenser and it said HOLY WATER. How clever! Who comes up with these things? Must be a miracle! Just kidding, but some clever innovator at work.

It looked just like this. I googled it, as I didn’t want to cause a scene by stopping to take a photo at church in wild amazement and admiration. Cool!

The rest of my Sunday was great. How can you go wrong with church, special friends, communion, holy water, hugs, kisses, and dancing and singing in the kitchen?

Happy Sunday, my friends!

4 Responses to “Sunday Sermon and In Person Live Didn’t Show Up In My Pajamas Morning Mass”

  1. Cheryl April 12, 2021 at 2:07 am #

    And it is Divine Mercy Sunday!

    • toniandrukaitis April 12, 2021 at 2:16 am #

      I know! I said the Novena all week. It’s good to pray for others. I was joking with my friend Helene. I told her, I’ve done the Novena, the chapter, confession and communion in the past. My sins should be forgiven from last time. Is there a warranty expiration? Good question, right?

      • Cheryl April 12, 2021 at 2:42 am #

        Jesus said if someone goes to confession(shortly before or after) and receives communion on the feast of divine Mercy not only will their sins be forgiven but also any punishment(purgatory)because of them. And the worse sinner will not be turned away. It was my hope for years

  2. Buckfeller April 12, 2021 at 11:51 am #

    Hi Miss Toni!

    Thanks for sharing the picture of the Holy Water dispenser!! I think that is a fantastic idea. My parents go to church at the hospital chapel (pre-COVID). I was always concerned about everybody putting their fingers in the Holy Water bowl in a Hospital!

    Have agreat day! Love Donna

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

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