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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

11 Dec

“It may seem that you are on the path alone, but the light that guides you is coming from somewhere. Trust your every step because none of us walk this journey alone.”

Toni Sorenson


This morning, Mom was feeling well enough to go downstairs for Mass. Last week, she had no energy and felt horrible. Volunteers come every Sunday to the Greens of Elgin from St. Thomas Moore to officiate Mass and give communion. The wheel chairs and walkers processed slowly into the activity room. As I sat there, waiting for the opening song, “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel,” I thought to myself…self…look at these lovely, elderly, barely able to move seniors. They can take a few minutes out of their day to attend a church service. So, next time I’m feeling lazy or I think the weather is too harsh to go out and go to church, I’ll think of these folks and the great effort it takes to attend a service. They come with a smile and they leave with a jubilant heart.

Today’s Gospel was the proclamation that someone was coming, someone powerful, who will baptize us with the Holy Spirit.

1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 It is written in the prophet Isaiah: Look, I am going to send my messenger in front of you to prepare your way before you.

3 A voice of one that cries in the desert: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.

4 John the Baptist was in the desert, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

5 All Judaea and all the people of Jerusalem made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins.

6 John wore a garment of camel-skin, and he lived on locusts and wild honey.

7 In the course of his preaching he said, ‘After me is coming someone who is more powerful than me, and I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals.

8 I have baptised you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’

My take on it… many have been sent to prepare us for the final judgement. It says to prepare a way for the Lord, and make his paths straight. The most direct path is always the straight path. When we wander off the true path, taking wrong turns, looking for something better or different or more exciting, that’s when we lose our way. (I know, I get lost all the time. But, not on purpose. As soon as I can, Siri gets me back on the right path. Maybe that’s what we need. We need a Siri app that zaps us when we wander off the straight and narrow in life.)

Mom is in the middle, with her big smile, even though she feels terrible, weak and tired, and has pneumonia. Always a smile on her face. That’s my role model and my guiding light.

Sunday Sermon and Baby Belle’s First Birthday

4 Dec

“May you only know joy and laughter

And live happily ever after

When each day and night are through

May all of you dreams come true.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This morning I had the pleasure of my first visit to St. Thomas Moore Church in Elgin, I woke up pretty early to get to 8 o’clock Mass. Normally I attend 10:30 Mass with Mom here at The Greens, but I needed to get on the road for Belle’s first birthday party and naming ceremony at 11.

The church was lovely, with a modern flair.

Today’s Gospel was the story about Jesus telling us to be watchful.


MK 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:

“Be watchful! Be alert!

You do not know when the time will come.

It is like a man traveling abroad.

He leaves home and places his servants in charge,

each with his own work,

and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.

Watch, therefore;

you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,

whether in the evening, or at midnight,

or at cockcrow, or in the morning.

May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.

What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'”

My take on it…just be ready all the time folks. We never know what day will be our last. Be good, kind, honest and love one another. And you know what? Leading a good life doesn’t cost you anything. Love and kindness and honesty and goodness are free to give and receive.

NOW! For Baby Belle’s first birthday. My beautiful granddaughter will be one year old on December 5th. A very special day for me. There was a fun pizza birthday party at Il Forna in Deerfield. Belle’s first pizza. She likes it. Her daddy never liked pizza.

There was a beautiful and emotional naming ceremony during the party.

I have been very blessed with two fine sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and an adorable granddaughter. I have a wonderful family and amazing friends. I count my blessings every day. More so today.

Belle was tired by the end of the day. Or maybe she just didn’t want the party to end.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

27 Nov

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version


Another beautiful Sunday morning in McKinney. Mary wasn’t there at the door for greeting with me this morning, so I flew solo. I’ve made so many friends at St. Gabriel’s and love all the smiles and greetings before Mass. what a fine way to start the day.

Today’s Gospel from Matthew was about when the Son of Man comes in his glory, he will keep the sheep on the right and the goats on the left. The sheep were the good people who helped the poor and needy, the goats were the ones who ignored the needy and thought only of themselves. Both groups questioned the the words… ‘ For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.”

The sheep did these things for strangers, and the goats did nothing. The king responded, And the King will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.”

Then he will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me.”

And they will go away to eternal punishment, and the upright to eternal life.’

My take on it… when you see someone in need, hungry, or thirsty, you should treat them as if they were a friend, family member or even a king. Treat others as you would like to be treated. The old, do unto others.

We had a baptism during Mass and welcomed a new baby to our parish.

After Mass, the Knights of Columbus hosted a fine pancake breakfast. I very rarely eat breakfast, but it was nice to visit with friends.

The volunteers arrive early in the morning to make the batter, cook the sausage and hash browns, and set up tables complete with orange juice and fixin’s. I made sure to thank each one. We have a great community spirit at church.

After breakfast, I stopped at Sprouts, Walmart, and some other running around. The best part of my evening was my traditional Sunday phone call from my son, Joe. Today, he asked if I wanted to FaceTime with my sweet grand-baby. Why yes! I get to see the baby, Lindsay and Joe.

I sure love my Sundays.

Sunday Sermon and Some More San Antonio Missions

20 Nov

Make your life a mission – not an intermission.

~Arnold H. Glasow


This morning, we attended Mass at the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio. It’s a beautiful ornate church, complete with gold gilding, statues, carvings, and pius atmosphere.

Today’s Gospel was the parable of the talents. A man gave one servant 5 talents, another 2 talents, and the third 1 talent. When the master returned, the men given 5 and 2 talents doubled their money while the man given 1 buried his. The master was pleased with the first two and rewarded them, and the last, who buried the money was scorned and cast out.

My take on it… here the term talent refers to money, but we could relate it to talents or gifts. God may give some people more gifts or talents than others, but we are obliged to use our gifts, share them, make them grow, and use them to the best of our ability. If we waste our talents and are lazy or selfish, we will not be rewarded in the end.


Now, for the lovely historic missions.

The four southernmost Spanish colonial missions—Concepción,  San José, San Juan and Espada  —are included in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which officially opened in 1983. These four missions, along with the Alamo, have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). Land for the Historical Park was donated by the city, county, state, Catholic Church and San Antonio Conservation Society. The missions are walled compounds encompassing a church and buildings where the priests and local Native Americans lived and worked.

Mission Concepcion.

Mission San Jose

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission Espada

My mission was to see all the five historical missions in San Antonio. Mission accomplished.

I lit a candle and said a fervent prayer for friends and family. If you are reading this, you are in my prayers too.

Sunday Sermon and Studio Tour~MAST

13 Nov

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

H. Jackson Brown Jr.


Another fine Sunday at St. Gabriel’s. Today’s Gospel was Jesus telling the parable of the ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to wait for the bridegroom. Five were Wise and brought flasks of oil, and five were foolish and brought no oil. They waited a long time and fell asleep. When the bridegroom was approaching the five with oil lit their lamps, and the five foolish asked the wise women to share their oil, but they refused and told them to go and buy their own. The wise went to the feast with the bridegroom and the door was locked behind them. The foolish women went to the door and asked, Lord, open the door for us.” His reply was…

‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’

Therefore, stay awake,

for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

My take on it… You have to be prepared, ready, at all times. The wise will lead a good moral life all the time, and always be ready. The foolish think that they don’t have to prepare. They worry only about themselves and are selfish, expecting others to bail them out all the time. Then, when they come to the end of their lives, they expect all to be forgiven, and expect to go to heaven. That’s when God will say, “I do not know you.”


After Mass, I stopped at the store, went home, changed, and scurried off to the Square to meet a couple of friends at Lone Star Winery. I just visited with them a few minutes, then went off to check out some of the wonderful artists on the McKinney Artist Studio Tour, MAST.

There are too many names and faces and places to describe, so I’ll just show you in pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words, and saves me a lot of time explaining.

I’m proud to call all of theses fine artists FRIEND. McKinney ROCKS!

Sunday Sermon and Stupid Daylight Saving Time

6 Nov

“Daylight Saving Time isn’t saving anybody anything. We’re all losing a lot of time changing all the darn clocks.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


A fine Sunday morning. I changed some my clocks in the house before I went to bed. Granted, I went To bed around 2:30 am, but was delighted when it suddenly became 1:30 am. Yay! I detest Daylight Saving Time.

Everyone was pretty chipper before  9 o’clock  Mass. As Mary and I greeted at the door, I just had to run over and take a picture of the new church progress, it’s coming along slowly but surely. I still love the purple. Mary and I did a few renditions of Prince’s “Purple Church, Purple Church.” I’ll be sad when the brick goes up over the purple.

 The Gospel today was the story of Jesus talking about the Scribes and Pharisees who only performed works to be seen and burdened others with tasks. They wanted to be honored at banquets and be greeted with respect, without earning that respect. 

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

My take on it… those who only do good works when people are looking or do it to get recognition, they will not be rewarded. Helping the poor, the kindness you show other people when no one is there to see, that’s true kindness. You’ll be rewarded in heaven. I tend to think you also get rewarded here on earth, because it just feels good.

Now, for stupid clock changing and stupid daylight saving time. I guess it wasn’t too bad this year. I never change the clock in my bathroom. So today, yay, it actually has the right time on it. For 6 months I just subtract an hour…or was it add…? I get so confused. But, it’s correct now. I had a discussion with a friend yesterday. I said we would get an extra hour sleep and she insisted we would lose an hour’s sleep. I think I was right. I’m still not sure. And I’m still sleep deprived either way.

Anyway, the last few years, it took several attempts and a couple of days of cursing and poking at my car menu buttons, with the manual in hand,  before I  could change the time. You’d be proud of me. Today it took less than 1 minute. I was soooo proud of myself. It only took 4 years to figure it out. I’m a slow learner. (And don’t forget…I don’t like change. This is a biggie.)

Three or four swipes and clicks and I was done. No manual or cussing. Aren’t you proud of me?

Not only was it Daylight Saving Time, but today was FaceTime with my 11 month old granddaughter. Baby Belle Time. Yay! Joe and Lindsay called and let me see Belle while she ate her dinner and threw her food around. She’s so cute.

Yep, a lovely Sunday, no matter what time it is.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

30 Oct

“When you’re kind to people, and you pay attention, you make a field of comfort around them, and you get it back–the Golden Rule meets the Law of Karma meets Murphy’s Law.” 

― Anne Lamott


A chilly Sunday morning. My friend Mary, who greets with me at the door at St. Gabriel’s was out of town. I greeted and received and doled out hugs all by myself for a while. Then, I saw David and his family walk in. David had greeted with us before and said he enjoyed it. I asked him if he’d like to join me today. He said that he had been out of town all week and he really needed to go in early and pray. I said, “Sure, maybe next time.”

Five minutes later, David walked back out, opened and manned the other door, saying good morning to the incoming people. I asked, “Did you change your mind?” He laughed and said, “I prayed about it and here I am.” A minute later, his young son nuzzled up next to him, and I asked his name. The young man said, “Eli.”

Wow! That was special. I told him that Eli was my father’s name and that was a very fine name. Elijah, yes, a very fine name.

Today’s Gospel was about Jesus being asked which commandment was the greatest…

Gospel MT 22:34-40When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
My take on it… there are only two commandments or laws necessary. You love God and you love your neighbor. This covers it all. The other eight commandments are just examples, or clarification. Don’t lie, cheat, steal, curse, kill, etc.  Voila! That’s it.

After Mass, I stopped at McDonald’s for coffee/tea with Mr. Jerry. The McD had been closed for remodeling for over a month and was now open, and guess what?  Yuk! I didn’t like the decor, very ultra modern with a side order of tacky. The wallpaper and seating were bizarre, and don’t get me started on the new beverage dispenser. It was one of those swipe the little symbol for Coke or Sprite or Lemonade. I HATE CHANGE! But, life goes on, even at McDonald’s. 

Mr. Jerry and I talked about an hour, sharing iPhone pictures of grandkids and stories and gossip. On my way out, I stopped to get a refill on my iced tea when I noticed a familiar face. Around four or five months ago, I met a lady sitting alone at this McDonald’s and we talked a long time, vowing to keep in touch, but never did. I gave her my card, and I think she lost it. It had been so long, that we forgot names.

This is Lynn. How could I forget that? I remember telling her when we first met that half of my friends are named Lynn. Well, at least twenty or thirty. This time I asked her for her info and  Facebook name so I could friend her. Done! 

“Do unto others.” It was funny, Lynn said that she has always been quite the introvert and pretty shy. But, she said that she has talked to a few strangers these past few months and credited my kindness to her new found boldness. I was honored.