Some Sundays are fuller than others. This past Sunday was a full one.
I led the good people of this parish in their Sunday worship at both the 8:30 & 11:00 Masses. Both morning Masses were great - we do have a wonderful parish who worships well. We were visited by three Religious Sisters who minister at Saint Anne Home in
Greensburg, a residence for the aged or ill that does great work. The Sisters were here to offer our people an opportunity to purchase their yearly Calendar Tickets which help to support the cause ... and our people each year respond well to this effort, this year was no exception.
Following the two Masses I welcomed into the Church three little ones whose parents and families brought them for the Sacrament of Baptism. In that celebration I baptized Mila Gabrielle Sturm, Noah John Bauer and Finn Patrick McLaughlin. I think Finn's family must be Irish! Many family and friends attended, and it was great. I realy enjkoyed those names.
Following the Baptism I joined a great crowd in our social hall for our annual parish picnic. Years ago when we were plagued by rain for a few years they moved to the hall, which has a great kitchen, is already set up and most importantly is air conditioned. An elaborate covered dish spread is supplemented by hot dogs and burgers and corn on the cob. The highlight for me was the fourth annual "Pie Tasting Contest" where submitted entries (seven this year) are judged by a panel of five (of course I always volunteer for this difficult task). The winner is awarded an embroidered apron and has their name listed on a placque that hangs in the kitchen. This year's winning pie was a triple chocolate cream pie - oreo crust, chocolate cream filling, whipped cream with chocolate shaving on top ... definitely not too shabby. Games were played, gifts and door prizes given out, and kid's games were held outside. A great day was had by all, and by the end of it, this guy was exhausted ... and full.