|Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico
|Walkway along Tampa Bay
Last Sunday I was able for the first time since the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic began to celebrate Mass outside the confines of St. Anthony Friary. What a joy that was as I went over to St. Paul's church here in St. Pete. In the months ahead I will do some other Masses in local parishes and begin again to occasionally preach for Unbound. (If you are not familiar go to Unbound.). I am goind to limit the preaching of parish missions to Lent and Advent with few exceptions.
For the past fourteen months my Franciscan fraternal life has sustained me. The schedule of community meals, prayer and plain old good times has been a blessing. Another blessing is the fact that though restricted in many ways I have been able to go for walks and to visit some local places safely. The biggest blessing is that all of us here at the friary avoided contracting the corona virus and all of us are now fully vaccinated.
Finally next week, May 22, I will celebrate 50 years of ordained ministry as a priest. The next day, May 23, is Pentecost Sunday and I will preside at our community Mass to celebrate this anniversary. I invite you to join with me in prayer for that occasion. My next two blog entries will reflect on what this 50 years has meant to me.