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How Did She Do It? (from Fr. Mark)

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Journal entry from a son sitting at his mother’s bedside … How does she do it? I have asked this every hour it seems. How can this woman maintain such grace while her body is changing rapidly before my eyes? We moved mom from the hospital to a residential hospice. As mom was...

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Dignity and Simplicity (from Fr. Mark)

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Journal entry from a son sitting at his mother’s bedside … It’s good to get all “gussied up”! – Dignity As I walked in this morning to see mom, my mind was racing again. My family was flying in, one brother has gone home to be with his newborn, friends are...

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What a Gift! (from Fr. Mark)

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Journal entry from a son sitting at his mother’s bedside … What a gift she has given you! When my father died suddenly in 2006, we learned the hard way how difficult it is for any surviving spouse, children, family, and others when the “their house is not in order.&rdquo...

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Strength & Grace (from Fr. Mark)

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Journal entry from a son sitting at his mother’s bedside … Moses said, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Ex 14:14) My mother has always been strong. She was strong to survive Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, and the long voyages on the...

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Easter Joy

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“The people of St. Bart’s are called to bring the Good News in real and tangible ways to defy the decline of sacramental churches worldwide. What have you done towards this purpose?” - Interview question #7 from the music director search committee Dear friends, I greet you...

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Haiti Day 3: Sunday, January 7

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Today we woke up to a light fog and the sun slowly burning through. 9am worship actually began at 10am. Fr Noe asked me to lead worship - all i can offer is English. Anxious I was:  I was then reminded by an elder that “in the country - no need to worry about not speaking French -...

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Haiti Day 2: Feast Day of the Epiphany (January 6, 2018). 

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  What a great day it has been. After a good night sleep we packed up the two trucks and drove to Lorenette. It took a bit longer thanks to some wet roads and the decay of parts of the roads since my last visit.  When we arrived at the Epiphany School, we greeted by a large crowd...

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Haiti Day 1: The Twelfth Day of Christmas (Friday, January 5)

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The good news is we all arrived safely in Hinche, Haiti yesterday. The truth is that the saga began Thursday with the super storm canceling two flights for Mike and David. Kelli, Allen, Mary Ann, Wayne and Fr Mark all arrived in Miami at 5:30am to catch our flight to Haiti. After a full day - we...

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The Lord Has Risen - Alleluia

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On Easter Sunday, we greeted each other with the words of joy “Happy Easter!” It was a wonderful chorus on the patio, at the exchange of the peace and as goodbyes were said in the parking lot. I have to admit, Happy Easter greetings arrived in the middle of Lent from some peoples...

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Haiti Day 5: Sunday

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What defines a community? Is it common location, common language, common experience? Or can communities form in other ways? Today in Lorenette, we learned about community through worship and soccer. We began with morning prayer conducted by the school principal. Our group shared two...

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