Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Now I know that I haven’t been around much this summer, with my helping out at the CYO camps and all. The Church we live in has needs in all sorts of areas and it requires more of her Priests than ever before. This means that we can be stretched thin in an attempt to cover all our bases. I appreciate your help and patience with all of this. I’m sure many of you are hoping that this somber little paragraph will end with me telling you I will never leave you again, but I won’t be able to fulfill that hope of yours quite yet.

These next couple of weeks you’ll have to bear with a little more of my absence. Starting this week I have the opportunity to go on a little vacation time, which surprisingly enough I haven’t had since Easter, true Fr. Francis was here a couple weeks ago, but that was unplanned. I get to go to the beach for three days this week with my family, then I had originally planned to help out with some young adult stuff, but then realized I had promised two years ago to participate in a 50th anniversary for some religious sisters; don’t you hate it when you schedule something two years in advance and then forget about it. That goes through next weekend. Next week there is an Archdiocesan golf tournament that benefits Seminarian education that I need to play in. I am at the last session of CYO camp on that Wednesday and some of Thursday, but then back for Mass that evening and all day Friday! I’m back for the whole weekend of the 9th and 10th and am then going to California with my brother for a few days. In all I will be taking 10 days of vacation, but will be absent for almost three weeks.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. I can assure you I won’t go anywhere else for a long, long time after that. After two years I have realized that the pace I have been trying to keep at is not sustainable. I have been looking forward to this time, actually away, for quite some time and plan to thoroughly enjoy it. You will have the pleasure of being served by a variety of priests during my furlough and I know you will treat all of them well.
On a much lighter note, August also ushers in the start of the wedding olympics as I dash up and down the I-5 corridor witnessing vows; it’s great to be a part of such joyful occasions. Our tie to the Newman Center really has its benefits. Once September rolls around I should be home to stay and will be able to devote all my time to my family here at Sacred Heart. I made the critical mistake of over scheduling myself for what was supposed to be a restful summer. I can assure you that I won’t make that mistake again.

Prayers Always,
Fr Joseph Altenhofen