Sunday, January 25, 2009

Fr. Sean's first Mass


It was the noon Mass today at St. Peter Chanel, with six other priests concelebrating. Fr. Guy, a Canadian OMV, gave the homily and told Fr. Sean in his French accent, "I was so happy to see you yesterday, you're crippled, no?" Then he corrected himself, "I'm not happy you're crippled, but I was happy to see laypeople support you." He ended by suggesting that we all pray for Fr. Sean to get transferred to Fr. Guy's parishes in Montreal-- sure, we'll get right on that. At the end Fr. Sean finally got a chance to say a few words of his own. He started to thank everyone and promptly choked up, which I thought very appropriate for the occasion.

Not to get all mushy myself, but it is a blessing to have a new priest, especially to have him arrive as a deacon and get to see him ordained. When you go to a wedding you feel happy for the couple; seeing the ordination made me feel happy for myself, the parish, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and the whole Church.

7 comments:

Meg said...

Indeed it is so edifying for holy mother church and her members to have another Christ! Another opportunity to embarce and receive her life giving Sacraments! God is good! All the time!

Meg said...

I attended that Mass and Fr. Sean almost had me in tears just before he ended. What blessing to have another priest.

Please keep Fr. Sean in your prayers.

adonela said...

Oh how I wish I could have been there!

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

While we're in the love mood, i have an award for you. While I wish I could have been there, I was in SF instead, pics tomorrow though.

Mary Rose said...

How wonderful! Your description of a wedding is so apt.

Also, you won an award! Check my blog entry from yesterday. I did it late before I went to bed! :-)

Fr Jeremy Paulin OMV said...

I was there in spirit...and as Fr Sean was being ordained I was celebrating a wedding Mass here in Denver...the couple prayed for new and more OMV's in their prayer of the the faithful...I told them their prayers worked - Tada! Fr Sean! God is good! Love, in Jesus and Mary, Fr Jeremy, by God's grace, OMV

Rachel Gray said...

Fr. Jeremy!! :) I have always regretted coming to SPC a month too late for your ordination, but seeing Fr. Sean's finally made up for it. That was great of the couple you married to put vocations in their wedding prayers. At the ordination Mass Bishop Salazar said he's ordained five priests in his five years as bishop and he wants to keep it up. Then he looked pointedly at the altar boys. :)