Wednesday (St Brigid)

  • Morning Prayer in the cathedral.
  • Prepped to celebrate and preach the midday Mass.
  • Responded by email to a request for advice from one of our parish clergy regarding a pastoral matter.
  • Attended to some of the details of a slowly-developing set of travel plans for a visit to our companion diocese of Tabora (Tanzania) next July.
  • Began the work of major surgery on the text of an old homily for Epiphany VI en route to repurposing for use at Holy Trinity, Danville on February 12.
  • Spoke by phone with Fr Evans, who is accompanying me to visit our other companion diocese of Peru next week.
  • Spoke by phone with another of our parish clergy about an emerging pastoral/administrative concern in his congregation.
  • Reported to the cathedral chapel for Mass, but found that Fr Wells was vested and ready to roll. Obviously a communication mixup, but, no worries, I just stowed my alb and came back to be part of the congregation, keeping the lesser feast of St Brigid of Kildare.
  • Lunch from Taco Gringo, eaten at home.
  • Got back to work on that sermon for Epiphany VI, emerging with what might pass for a rough draft.
  • Followed up by email with a priest from outside the diocese who is looking for a new call. There’s not much that we have in play at the moment.
  • Took some time to make Amtrak travel arrangements for Brenda to visit our kids in Chicago next week while I’m in Peru.
  • Turned my homiletical attention to Epiphany VII (February 17 at St Thomas’, Salem), fleshing out my simple message statement into a detailed outline.
  • Evening Prayer in the cathedral.


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