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.