Task planning at home. Way more in the queue for this week than I will be able to accomplish.
Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
Met with Bonnie Roberts, the cathedral office manager, to talk about issues related to the service bulletins for the Chrism Mass, Palm Sunday, and Holy Week.
Brought my working notes for tonight’s Lenten teaching series from “rough” to “polished.”
Worked on the bulletin for the early Palm Sunday liturgy at the cathedral; delivered it to Bonnie via email.
Rushed off to an appointment with a dermatologist at Springfield Clinic. I’ve been having some skin irritation issues that seem to be traceable to a reaction to the gel used in an echocardiogram procedure a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully we have a handle on it now, but it’s been tricky.
Began the work of refining and polishing my homily for this Sunday.
Attended Mass in the cathedral chapel for the feast of the Annunciation or Our Lady.
Lunch at home. Leftovers.
Completed refining this Sunday’s sermon.
Spoke by phone with Fr John Henry as he wore his Chair-of-the-Commission-on-Ministry hat.
Identified a Maundy Thursday sermon from a previous year that has the potential to be repurposed for use next week. Began work toward that end.
Arranged for contributions from the discretionary fund to the Illinois Conference of Churches, and to the Living Church Foundation.
Processed–which mostly means scanned–the accumulated pile of material in my physical inbox.
Out the door at 4:30 for O’Fallon. While en route, got to chat by phone with the Bishop of Calgary, who is an old friend and seminary classmate.
Spent the final Lenten Wednesday with the people of St Michael’s, O’Fallon, talking about the final two promises of the Baptismal Covenant. Back home around 9:45.