Reeson’s Ramblilng :: August 13, 2017
Last weekend one of our parishioners, Bradley Wetovick who is an AF pilot, and his fiancé, now wife, Deena, were married in Fullerton, Nebraska. I was honored to be invited to celebrity their wedding Mass and witness their vows. They are a delightful couple, and St. Peter’s in Fullerton is a beautiful Church. Their reception was outdoors and included a dinner and dance. They must have prayed very hard because the weather in August turned out to be perfect.
Celebrating Mass at St. Peter’s in Fullerton reminds me that we have 140 parishes in our Archdiocese and some phenomenal Churches to experience. I encourage you to stop in at any of these parishes when you’re traveling and experience some of the rich Church history in the northeast corner of Nebraska, known as the Archdiocese of Omaha.
Be sure to bring me a bulletin so I can see what is going on at other Catholic Faith Communities.
Last Sunday I was honored to be delegated by Archbishop Lucas to install Fr. Michael Gutgsell as the Pastor of St. Joseph’s in Springfield, Nebraska. I am very pleased that Fr. Gutgsell, who is a canon lawyer and had been for 12 years been the pastor of St. Cecilia’s Cathedral and before that the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, is now part of our Suburban South Deanery.
For eight years I worked with Fr. Gutgsell at the Chancery Office and got to know him very well. Whenever I had a question about Cannon Law or a marriage annulment, Fr. Mike would explain things very thoroughly to me in terms that an eight year-old would understand. This kind of explanation is important to someone like me.
I also recall when, at various times, the Chancery was without a maintenance person I would see Fr. Gutgsell mopping the floors of the Chancery late at night. I am hoping that with Fr. Mike in our deanery, I may be able to give him a mop and convince him to volunteer his time to help keep our facilities clean!
Later on Sunday, I celebrated Mass at the Columban’s for the 4th Degree Knights Assembly for which I am the Chaplain. The Mass was followed by an awesome picnic with ribs that were perfectly prepared. It is always a treat for me to be with any KC Assemblies or Council because they always feed me! I am surprised that more young men aren’t interested in becoming priests, if not for the reward’s that are “out of this world” (Heaven), then at least for the food. You don’t see too many skinny priests.
Well, that’s what has been happening at St. Columbkille Nation this week. I hope you will introduce yourself to someone new at the parish this week so we can continue to create a welcoming community where there are no strangers.
P.S. Don’t forget to say your prayers before you go to bed.