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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

16 Oct

“The ornaments of your home are the people who smile upon entering time and time again.” ― Maralee McKee

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A cool drizzly morning, but the rain held off, and the sun tried to sneak out behind the clouds hovering over the new church structure.


Today’s Gospel was the parable of the King inviting guests to the wedding feast for his son.


My take on it…when we are given the honor to be chosen guests, as into the kingdom of heaven, we need to be appreciative and honor the host. We are all invited to the feast, if we ignore the invitation, refuse to attend or show disrespect, there will be consequences. There are many others who are happy to be invited and enjoy the feast.

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After Mass, a quick stop at Sprouts to get some fruit and vegetables. I got several eggplant. I love eggplant. Here’s how I fixed it for dinner.


The trick is breading properly. I learned a few years back that I was doing it wrong. The same goes for chicken, chops, whatever. First dredge in flour, second into egg wash, last into bread crumbs mixed with a little Parmesan cheese. I was doing the egg wash first all those years..NO…the flour is first and helps the egg wash stick. Clever.

Then, I sprayed parchment paper a little and baked at 375  (I used to pan fry in butter-yummy but not so healthy) Time? Until  I was done talking on the phone with my son. I don’t follow recipies or baking times. 


Very tasty. I think I’ll have a couple more when I’m done posting here. 

Happy Sunday!

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

9 Oct

“Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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It was a cool Sunday morning, and I was thrilled to wear a sweater. But alas, by the time Mass was over, the Texas sun was beating down and it was warming up fast. As Mary and I greeted at the door before 9 o’clock Mass,  many hugs and handshakes and smiles were exchanged. It was the children’s choir service and there was a baptism. A good start to the day.

Today, Father Don decided to discuss the second reading instead of the Gospel. We are told that if we make our requests to God through prayer and giving thanks, we will receive. The old, ask and ye shall receive story. My take on it…yes, you need to ask for what you want or believe that your dreams can come true, and they will. But, you have to believe with a true heart and work towards your goal with pure passion.

Reading 2 PHIL 4:6-9

Brothers and sisters: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.

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After church, I stopped at the store and bought a ton of groceries. Brownie mixes were on sale. Oh, no! You can never have too many boxes of brownies in the pantry. Also, the cowboys were playing today, so if you wear a team jersey, on game day, you get an addiction 10% of your total purchase.

Miss Pat, the “Cookie Lady” from our single mingle group, invited a bunch of us over to her house to watch the Packers/Cowboys game. I didn’t eat all day in anticipation of the feast that I knew she would prepare. I wasn’t disappointed.

It was an interesting game to watch because Miss Pat is from Wisconsin, so she and many of her family are Packers fans, but others are die hard Cowboys fans. This is Texas after all! There was some good humored taunting and flaunting when Dallas was in the lead. Then the mood shifted when the Packers charged ahead.

I guess it was an exciting game, not sure, as I wasn’t  exactly paying attention. I was just there for the fine food, desserts, and comaraderie.



Packers vs Cowboys
Final – Sun, Oct 8, 3:25 PM

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Green Bay Packers(4-1).  35

Dallas Cowboys(2-3)  31

Miss Pat was a happy “Cheddar Head.” She asked for a Packer win, and she got it.

Sunday Sermon and St. Gabriel’s Church Picnic

2 Oct

“A picnic is more than eating a meal, it is a pleasurable sate of mind.” ― DeeDee Stovel

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Sunday morning, a beautiful day for the annual church picnic. Everyone was in a festive mood, dropping off their cakes for the cake walk before Mass.

Today’s Gospel was a familiar one. A man had two sons who he asked to work in the vineyard. The first refused, but later changed his mind and went. The second son said, “Yes sir,” but did not go. Jesus asked, which one did his father’s will.

My take on it… sometimes it takes a while to realize right from wrong, or obeying the rules, or even honoring your parents, but it’s never too late to do the right thing. Some people say, “Yes sir,” but only pretend to be honorable. It’s never too late to honor God, make amends for your sins, and go on to lead a good life. 

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Now, off to the picnic. I arrived early to greet at the door for the Welcoming Ministry. Father Don was there to check how everything was going. They were still setting up the bounce houses, inflatable slides, and games out back behind the gymnasium. Father decided that he needed to give the slide a test run before the children arrived.



KID FRIENDLY, FATHER APPROVED.

Everyone had a great time. The different ministries had tables set up inside the gym, to invite people to get involved in the church activities. 


There was soooo much delicious food. The Knights of Columbus grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and provided drinks and all the other necessities. 


Our own fine men in blue, always serving and helping.


The children had fun with the games and activities. There was a cake walk, and children were surprised with a yummy sweet treat. Oh, which reminds me, I brought home a slice of cheesecake for later tonight. I like my dessert a few hours after my meal. 


A good time was had by all.

Sunday Sermon:) So Much “Take A Knee” Controversary

25 Sep

“The only proper reason to take a knee in America should be to kneel to thank God for our many blessings.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another beautiful McKinney morning. 9 o’clock  Mass was packed. They must have been giving away something free. Oh, wait, they were. There were plenty free smiles, prayers, songs, and love shared for all who entered St. Gabriel’s today.

The Gospel today was Jesus telling the disciples the parable of the land owner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. He offered them a fair day’s wage, they agreed, and he sent them off to the vineyard. He went back to the marketplace at 9 and found more men in need of work and sent them to work in the vineyard. He did this again at 3 and then at 5. At the end of the day, he told his foreman to call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last and ending with the first. All were given one full day’s wages as agreed upon, but the last group who had worked since dawn was upset because they felt they deserved more. The landowner said that he was not cheating them, as they had agreed to the wage and it was his money and was free to be generous to anyone he chose. “Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

My take on it… and this is very symbolic to all the controversy that’s going on lately, when we have been given so much, and so many blessings, we should be respectful and honor our benefactor, and not be envious of those who have more wealth or power or earthly treasures. 

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Now, I very rarely even turn on the tv these days, and I sure as heck don’t watch sports or football. Every now and then, I’ll see what Notre Dame is doing because my son Joe loves his Alma Mater, and it gives us something to talk about on Sunday.

But today, Facebook was flooded with all this “take a knee” controversy. I didn’t get it? I didn’t know anything about it. Why would anyone refuse to honor the national anthem or the American flag? I know we have freedom of speech, but the key word here is “freedom.” How did we get that freedom? A lot of men and women sacrificed to give us that freedom. Many countries still do not have this freedom today.

It’s kind of like the parable above. The early workers grumbled and disrespected the landowner, complaining instead of being grateful for his generosity.

I don’t think taking a knee during the national anthem is taking a stand against anything. It’s disrespectful. If you want to take a stand, go out there and help change the injustice. Volunteer your time and money to help your fellow Americans. Run for political office instead of onto a field,or a court. When you disrespect our flag, you disrespect our country and all the people who sacrificed so we could stand and honor it. You have freedom of speech…put your money where your mouth is. 

So, if you are a visitor from another country, a sports fan, a coach or a player, if you are at a sporting event and they play the national anthem, it’s a tradition. Stand up and honor the flag. IT’S CALLED RESPECT. 

And guess what? That’s my opinion and my right to freedom of speech. 



Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

17 Sep

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” 

― Will Smith

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Another beautiful Sunday morning greeting parishioners at St. Gabriel’s. I actually remembered to wear my name tag today, and more and more people are saying, “Good morning, Toni.” I’ve been learning more names and giving out more hugs and handshakes,too. The new church building is coming along.


Today’s Gospel was another story about forgiveness. ( Is somebody up there trying to tell me something?) Peter asked Jesus about forgiveness. 

Gospel MT 18:21-35

“Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?”  Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.”

When the servant who owed a huge amount of money to the king begged for mercy and not to be sold, along with his wife, family and possessions, he begged… “Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.” The king forgave him his debt. Later, that same man came across a fellow servant who owed him a small amount of money, and instead of forgiving the other man’s debt, he had him imprisoned. When the king heard this, he summoned the man and said, “You wicked servant!” And he asked why he couldn’t forgive his fellow servant a small debt after being begged, when he had forgiven his huge debt. The king was angry and had the man tortured.

My take on it…well, first of all, these Gospels lately have been hitting home. I’ve been working on this forgiveness chapter in my life, and I’ll admit, I’m not totally there yet. Here’s my dilemma. In all these verses and Gospel readings, someone is begging for forgiveness. And yes, we are told that God will forgive us anything if we ask Him. But, they ASK! I keep reading quotes and have people telling me that I need forgive,  even when someone doesn’t ask for forgiveness. You do it for yourself. I STILL DON’T GET IT! 

I had this discussion with friends just a few days ago. My philosophy is actions speak louder than words. I don’t have to say the words, “I forgive you,” and I still can go on with my life, without hate or anger, be the best person I can be, and have a good heart. But, unless I am asked to forgive someone or some offense, there’s no point saying the words. If they don’t even think they’ve done anything wrong or have harmed you in any way, there’s no point. It means nothing to them, so it means nothing to me.

If you ask God to forgive you, He will. That’s why He’s God and we’re just human. He knows what’s in your heart. I have asked God for forgiveness and strength, and I believe that has been granted. But, He also will NOT forgive an evil person with an evil heart. They will be punished.  Do you see the point now? You have to sincerely ask? You have to change your ways and change your heart. It’s not a free pass to do what you please.

Okay, now on a brighter note.🎼 After Mass, the Knights of Columbus had free donuts outside at a couple of tables. There was a small donation jar. I walked over, slightly tempted, as I hadn’t eaten since lunch yesterday. But, I’m not a huge donut fan, even chocolate. So, I just put a dollar in the jar and said, “I’m saving the calories. Thanks for all you do.” Then, off I went to Sprouts.

Did I mention I was hungry? Uh oh! Sprouts had dark chocolate covered almonds on sale for ONLY $2.99 a pound. My downfall! That’s insane! I’m insane! I bought many pounds. I’m too embarrassed to tell you how many. I’m glad I passed on the donuts.


But, before you judge me too harshly, I did buy some apples, peaches, green peppers, tomatoes, and blackberries. It looks like a lot, but I like to share with my friend, Miss Eleanor. She can’t get out to the store much.

It’s been a good Sunday. I’m going to post this and go out for a nice long walk. It’s still kinda hot out there, so I may have to stop for a beer if Mr. Larry’s garage is open. 

Here’s my sunset from last night…



Sunday Sermon and Happy Grandparents Day

11 Sep

Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric. 

~Pam Brown

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It was a gorgeous Sunday morning. It was only in the 60’s and I put on a sweater. Yes! A sweater, yay! As I pulled into the parking lot at St. Gabriel’s, there above the tree tops was a hot air balloon floating across the crisp blue sky. Cool!


Oh my goodness, the Gospel today was soooo relevant to my week. I couldn’t believe the correlation. I had my conversation, explained my feelings, and extended an olive branch, and if he refuses to listen…”Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Gospel MT 18:15-20
Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

My take on it… you can try your best to reconcile with someone, but you can’t force them listen or to change. “Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.”

Now, for the wonders of being a grandparent. Today is GRANDPARENTS DAY.

My son Joe and Lindsay called me today and they put Baby Belle on FaceTime. I was so excited to see my adorable 9 month old granddaughter. She’s still trying to figure out that the tiny face on the phone is Grandma. I got to hear her giggle and gurgle and see her beautiful face. What did we do before FaceTime? I love being a grandma!


Isn’t she adorable! Love you, Baby Belle!

Sunday Sermon:) A Sunrise and a Sunset

3 Sep

“If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise.” 

― Jeannette Walls

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A lovely warm morning here in McKinney. I’m doggie sitting for Bella, so I was up by 7 to get her fed and out the door for a walk. I don’t always get a chance to take a picture of the sunrise, so today was the perfect opportunity.


Mary and I were greeting at the door of St. Gabriel’s before 9 o’clock Mass, and we kept noticing people looking over at the new construction of the church. One lady said, “The sun looks like it’s casting a beam of light over the new sanctuary.” I guess it looked pretty majestic bathed in the morning sun.


The Gospel, MT 16, for today was about Jesus telling his disciples to “take up his cross, and follow me.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”
My take on it… the most important part being that famous quote, “What profit would there be…” what good is it to have all the wealth and riches in the world, if you lose your soul? At the end of your life, you will be judged according to how well you lived, how your loved, and how you treated others. That is how people will remember us and how God will judge us. This is how we take up the cross. This is how we follow the work and the word of Jesus. We aren’t expected to physically give up our lives and die, although many have. It really isn’t a horrible sacrifice. Just be kind, be good, love thy neighbor, and follow the commandments. 

Another fine way to celebrate a beautiful Sunday and a fine Mass, a little baby girl, AliciaFavila, was baptized today, and welcomed by the entire congregation. (Tough picture angle, but you get the idea.)


Now, here is my sunset from last night. It’s only 3 in the afternoon now, so I haven’t taken one for today yet. I try and get a picture just about every evening because each sunset is special and different and glorious.