Take Time on Tuesday

Take Time on Tuesday

April 17, 2018

 

  • Two more class sessions--& one May Crowning & Closing Activity--to go. We’ll have class sessions this weekend, April 22 & 23, & next weekend, April 29 & 30, & then the May Crowning at all sessions on May 6 & 7.
  • You should have received your registration forms for next year. If you did not, there are more in the Religious Education office. Please return them as soon as possible. Classes fill up quickly, & you don’t want to miss out on the session that you want to attend.
  • Update on Father Tom: As most of you know, Fr. Tom has been on a leave of absence since January. You’ll be pleased to know that he is on track to return to full duty in the beginning of May. Please continue to keep him in your prayers, as well as Fr Jones who has done a wonderful job of running things in Fr Tom’s absence. Two other priests deserve our thanks: Fr. Brian Lewis, who has come down from Wilmington every weekend to assist Fr. Jones; & Fr. Paul Jennings, the pastor of St Luke/St Andrew in Ocean City, who has been the temporary administrator here while Fr. Tom has been away.
  • Answer to Last Week’s Trivia Question:
  • The saint to whom Jesus appeared requesting that the Sunday after Easter be known as Divine Mercy Sunday was b) St Faustina. Dixie Gildon, Dru Gerace, & Lauren Dickinson had the right answer.
  • No trivia question this week. Instead, I wanted to talk about a priest who most of us have never heard of. Fr Thomas Byles was an English priest, a convert to Catholicism. He was traveling to the US on April 15, 1912 to officiate at his brother’s wedding. While he was walking outside that evening, he felt the ship he was on shudder. The ship’s name was the Titanic. Over the next few hours, as the ship began to sink, Fr Byles assisted the women & children in getting into the lifeboats. At least twice, the crew tried to get Fr Byles himself into a lifeboat but both times he refused. As the situation worsened, he went among the remaining passengers, hearing confessions & giving absolution. After all the lifeboats were gone, he gathered a large group at the aft end of the ship & led them in the Rosary. Finally, he led them in the Act of Contrition & gave them General Absolution. His body was never recovered.

All of our priests sacrifice much; perhaps not as much as Fr Byles, but their sacrifices are nonetheless real. Please pray frequently for our priests.

 

Deacon Scott