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Sacred Order of Deacon – Nashville 2013

April 6, 2013

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever! Alleluia!! Bishop David Choby of Nashville ordained five men as transitional deacons today, Easter Saturday.   God willing there will be seven priests ordained for this diocese in 2014. To think when we moved here about seven and a half years ago there were nine seminarians. Today there are thirty-five. I heard one young man say he was entering the seminary this next semester. Two are scheduled to be ordained as priests this year.

10 do (Photo by MaryEllen of Rev. Mr. John Hammond processing into the church.  Look at that beautiful surplice.)

In our family we take praying for seminarians very seriously. After all, they are the future of the Church. Since we moved here, we send Christmas cards to the seminarians to remind them that the people back home and even in the far corners of the diocese are praying for them. We also think it is very important to have our children around the priests, seminarians, and religious. God has blessed us with opportunities to do this over the years. Also, when we travel, we make seeing churches a priority and when we go to Mass in different places, we speak with the priests there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (Photos by James.  Please pray for Bishop Choby as his is having some eye trouble.)

Anyway, today the Mass was just beautiful. The music was splendid. The seminarians processed to the front of the Cathedral of the Incarnation to the all male schola. Beautiful! Most of the parts of the Mass were sung in Latin. The rest of the choir was outstanding as well. The music was very uplifting and I could not help but think this must be a little hint of what Heaven hold for us.

We were sitting in the back, but could see most of what was going on. One of the seminarians sung the Litany of Saints and he has been blessed with a very strong, rich voice. As the seminarians, deacons, priests and bishops processed out, what stood out the most was the newly ordained Deacons were glowing!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(This picture by James is a bit blurry, but you can see the joy on this deacon’s face. )

It brought tears to my eyes, as we have been praying for several of these men for years now. This seems like just a little confirmation that our prayers have been heard. (After each decade of the Rosary that we pray, after the Fatima prayer we add the Pauline prayer, “Oh Jesus Eternal Shepherd of our souls, send good laborers into Your harvest.”)


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After Mass we spoke with Fr. Ty. As we were leaving, we saw Fr. Neely in the courtyard. I said his name, but he needed to speak to someone. But then he said, “Who just called my name?” I said that I did and asked him if we could receive his blessing since he is still within a year of his ordination. He seemed quite happy to give it to us. Then we proceeded out to the parking garage. The ride in the elevator is always fun with my children. I’ll have to see if I can post the video that James took. I looked at John and said, “Isn’t is fun to be from a large family. If it was only you, you would be missing out on this.” He could not help but to smile.

We drove over to the reception and hardly anyone got pictures. There are two blurry pictures of MaryEllen with Rev. Mr. Nunes. I’m so sorry they are blurry. The children all mingled with the seminarians and priests from not only our diocese, but others as well. We were able to receive another first blessing from a man we met last year at the Diaconate Ordination. He was a friend of Rev. Mr. McGowen, who we know who was ordained transitional deacon last year. We talked to this young man and found out he was a deacon and was being ordained on the day we were picking the boys up from camp. We promised prayer for him. We really never expected to see him again, since he is from Michigan, but there he was today. We were able to tell him about the Rosary that we prayed for him on his ordination day and he gave us his blessing.

At the reception, James brought one of his puppets.  He was apparently pretty entertaining and several people were very impressed with the puppet he made.  (Especially Fr. Tran.)  He came over to me and showed me a fake dollar bill and a real bill of money from the Philippines.  A seminarian had given it to him, but James told me he didn’t get his name.  Later he did get his name, as the seminarian gave him his card… a juggler.  (It reminded me of Fr. Francis Pfeffley in the diocese of Arlington.)  I’ll have to update later to give you the man’s website as James has already gone to bed.  That particular seminarian is from Arizona and he was giving out St. Juan Diego medals and was particularly impressed that John was born on his feast day.

It truly was a beautiful day, both the weather and the great gift of the ordinations of the five deacons. It was an honor and pleasure for us to be there today.  Please pray this year for:

Rev. Mr. John Hammond
Rev. Mr. Gervan Menezes
Rev. Mr. Anthony Mutuku
Rev. Mr. Paul Nguyen
Rev. Mr. Christiano Nunes

20 do (Picture by MaryEllen of Bishop Choby and the five new Deacons.  Yes, there is another bishop there, but I can’t remember who he is and we can’t see his face.)

Also, there will be two more men ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in October in Rome (God Willing.) Their names are: Michael Fye (whom we met this summer), and Philip Haliday, whom we have met at our home school co-op. Also, please pray for all those seminarians in the Diocese of Nashville.

Other prayer intentions for people we met today:  Deacon Allen, originally from Kenya, but now in Texas who will be ordained in December and Rev. Mr. Morris who will be ordained in Ohio in May.  And for seminarian Ventura (no relation, I’m told.)   May God continue to bless and keep these men. And may God bless His Church with many stong, zealous, and faithful priests who will “say the black and do the red.”

Easter 2012

April 13, 2012

For Easter this year, we went to 6:00 am Mass in Columbia.  We then went to the hospial there where our retired priest is.  After that we headed to the nursing home to bring some Easter cheer.  The only problem with Mass that early is that we didn’t take the time to get Easter photos at the house.  Joe took some with his i-phone and they are the only ones we have this year.   We hope you are having a Blessed Easter Octive!

 (You may click on the photos to enlarge them.)

My Easter bonnet was a Christmas present and I could not wait to wear it.  I received lots of compliments on it and one of the ladies at the nursing home actually laughed!  It was nice to be able to brighten her day!  LOL!

Spring Has Sprung

April 11, 2010

Happy Easter!  I did change my picture up on the top to a more spring looking picture, but I don’t know how long I will keep it up.  The boys heads are cut off and you can’t see the farm very well.  The pictures that I took of the farm all came out a little dark, which was disappointing since the Bradford Pear trees were so beautiful.  Did you know that those beautiful white blossoms stink to high heaven?  When my boys saw the blooms opening to white, they said, “Oh no, now it’s going to smell bad out there!” 

   You can see different sky photos here as these pictures were taken on two separate days.

At the entry into our farm, the goldenrod has bloomed… 

  Standing on our driveway bridge, you can see the beautiful green around the creek…

Here is our pumpkin patch all plowed.  The light area to the right is where the pumpkin patch has been in the past.  This year we moved it over a little to give the old a rest.

 Here’s looking toward the house from the pumpkin patch 

One of the little delights here are the birdhouses that are on the fence. 


Now our little kitty, Mary Rose (the girls named her, can you tell?) 

  (Remember to click on the photos to enlarge them.)

Now on to Easter.  I cannot believe how big the Bradford pear trees are getting. 




After Mass, we came home to a beautiful, warm day.  The kids went and played in the creek.  It was a very relaxing day.  Praise God!  He is Risen!

Easter Sunday 2009

April 14, 2009

We hope everyone had a truly blessed Easter Sunday.  (We also hope that someone got better pictures at Mass than we did.)