As of this past Memorial Day, I have moved into CTK’s Parish House. Thank you for the warm and generous welcome from Fr. Paulson, the entire staff, and of course, all of you. I am delighted to be back among you.
The question is; what do I do now that I am retired? Obviously getting arrested, as recently as August 9, hardly qualifies, also with the onset of Parkinson’s it is almost impossible for me to celebrate mass.
Well, number one, I am available to visit the sick and make sick calls. Actually, this last week, I made five sick calls, including one to Sue Aggetta, who passed away early last week.
Number two, it gives me time to write some books. For instance, last October I published my most recent book, “The Catholic Parish Today: Substantial, Controversial and Uncensored,” and this October, just in time for Christmas, I will publish a second book entitled, “What to do if your Pastor is a Dud.” This in no way whatsoever refers to Fr. Paulson, with whom I’m delighted as my successor and impressed as he serves as pastor among you. I plan to have both books available in early November, in time for Christmas presents as well as my own “signing” of both books.
Number three, I spend a fair amount of time visiting other parishes, something I could not do as full time pastor. One visit has been to St. Columba in Oakland where Fr. Aidan McAleenan is pastor. I’m sure you read about him on the front page of the East Bay Times. He is doing a great job there. In fact, I’m going to suggest a joint visit there on Sunday, September 25 to experience a leisurely African-American liturgy. Save the date now and watch the bulletin for more about this later.
8:00am, 5:00pm (vigil)
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 6:00pm (youth mass)
8:00 am, 7:00 pm;
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon-7:00 p.m. (except summer)