Father Joseph's Reflection
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I don't quite know what to say. The beach was beautiful, my golf game was not. There is a story told of a man who became enraged over his struggling golf game to the point where he told his caddie that he was going to drown himself in the creek next to one of the greens. The man promptly walked down the bank, kneeled next to the creek, and proceeded to plunge his head under water repeatedly. After about a dozen attempts, he rocked back, looked at the heavens and let out a shout of anguish and said to the caddie, "Billy, am I so incompetent as to not even be able to carry out this simple task?" To which the caddie replied, "Well sir, you never have been able to keep your head down." Badoom chu (that's supposed to be a drum roll ;)

My problems were something similar. I didn't play horribly, but that's only because the course is fairly wide open, but I did do a lot of marching from one side of the fairway to the other. I just couldn't quite get it right. Some would be fat, some would be thin, pop ups and tops, I felt like I was 13 again just trying to hit the ball. Luckily a beach presents plenty of practice room, so I'm happy to say that I come back pretty confident that I have found my stroke again. The whole affair wasn't quite as restful as I would have hoped, mainly because I spent far too much time partying with my brother priests rather than being restful, but that's what happens when you don't see your friends very often.

We are blessed this weekend to be able to host Father Patrick Sherrard's first Mass at the 11:00 am on Sunday. If you can't make either the Mass or reception, make sure to grab one of his holy cards so that we can all keep him in prayer during his first year of priesthood and beyond. Plus if you get a blessing from him during this first year there are spiritual indulgences to be had, and I know how much some of you love those. All you have to do is get a blessing from him, pray for the Pope and be free from sin. Easier said than done, but all things are possible for God.

Prayers Always,
Father Joseph Altenhofen


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