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The Hands of Christ … Open To All Las Manos de Cristo … Abiertas a Todos
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- Mission and outreach to those in need in our community…and beyond
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Pastoral Ponderings . . .
Randy Hilgers, Director of Liturgy & Music
“Save the Date”
If only we could. Save the date that is. We anticipate, mark the calendar, celebrate the day and then. Gone!
This Pastoral Pondering finds us on the other side of mid-August and I find myself another year older (at least that is what the calendar says). The County and State Fairs are over and September looms as students prepare for ‘back to school’ and we bid farewell to the summer.
Looking ahead to autumn, and all its richness and beauty, I do invite you to “save a date.” I am the recipient of the Archdiocesan Vatican II Award for Service in Liturgy this year. The Vatican II awards were established in 1991 to honor men, women and young adults who exemplify the Catholic Church’s vision set forth in the Second Vatican Council. I received a letter from Archbishop Listecki several weeks ago announcing the honor and I am humbled to join the ranks of other professional Musicians and Liturgists in the archdiocese, as well as members of our own community who have received the award. Deacon Don, Father Steve and Brenda have been recipients in past years. It is truly an honor for me to join the many who have been recognized in the past.
I am now in the process of writing the bio that will be printed in the order of worship for the vesper service. In listing all that I have done in the past, I find it more important than ever to be embraced by what I am doing in the present and hope to accomplish in the future. All that has been, the success and the mistakes, lay the foundation for now and tomorrow. I try to keep the future present when I am asked “Are you retiring soon?” My answer continues to be “Not yet.” There is still much to do with not as many people doing it as when I started in 1979. The call continues and I continue as long as there is promise in what I do and with whom I do it.
So then – Save the Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist. Join me and the other recipients in prayer and hospitality. Those of you who can’t make the Tuesday evening at the Cathedral can join in celebration the following weekend here at St. Joseph.
I remain in humble gratitude,