Back Home Again!

I arrived home last evening and got my bags into my bedroom and then crashed until 1AM. I then got up unpacked, went to the office, went shopping, and then prepared for Daily Mass. I'm not exactly sure when I will "run out of gas" but it is great to be home after a good visit with Fr. Johnnie and his parish. I will have more to report on in the days ahead.

I did not have any internet access while I was away and the only means of communication was with my Delorme InReach device. This enabled me to provide very brief (160 characters or less) posts to Facebook. I did take notes and journal a bit and while this visit was very different than my first one in 2008, I have no doubt a good foundation has been laid out to help us progress in forming a sister-parish relationship.

I met a gentleman on the plane ride from London to Seattle who was from Holy Family Parish in Kirkland. I noticed he was reading a piece of Catholic literature and asked him if he was a Catholic. He has been taking classes at Holy Family and his wife and their first child was traveling with him. She had a work engagement and was able to bring her family on the trip. They might visit St. Brendan's in the future, and I fortunately was prepared with a business card:)

I wish you all a most blessed and safe 4th of July. I just had the privilege of celebrating the Memorial Mass for Independence Day. Let's keep our nation in prayer and a special word of thanks to all of our veterans who have fought and labored for our freedom. May we never take that for granted!

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