Trees, fully clad in winter's garb,
showing off their beauty
through the reflective glass.
Sing praises to the unique Creator
for such loveliness accorded our world.
|holy water font in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church|
Holy water runs
down and around lovely tiles
St. Francis is my middle son and his wife's home parish.
On certain holy days I attend Mass there.
|side altar with baptismal font in front|
|Saint Lawrence for whom the church is named|
|before Mass, when people were getting settled|
|choir loft which holds the pipe organ|
The St. Lawrence school choir, who sang from here, was in beautiful voice yesterday.
|The explanation why we Catholics |
light prayer candles in church can be found here.
|close-up of the Sorrowful Mother Mary |
at the foot of the cross on which Jesus hung
|the bishop blessing the altar servers after Mass|
|Bishop Doherty during his homily (sermon)|
|the bishop's recession, after Mass|
|the bishop during |
the Liturgy of the Eucharist
|St. Lawrence Church and rectory (where |
the pastor lives)
It was at this church that the bishop celebrated the Mass. This week is Catholic Schools Week. Bishop Doherty visits the different churches of the diocesan schools. Since there are two Catholic schools in Muncie. They are St. Lawrence and St. Mary/Pope John Paul II. St. Lawrence and St. Mary are elementary schools while Pope John Paul II is a middle school. Bishop Doherty alternates visits each year. We are blessed to have 23 Catholic schools in our diocese.
I felt the love and respect the congregation had for our bishop, the other priests and deacons. I find it thrilling to be at Mass celebrated by the bishop of our diocese.
Note: I was privileged to teach in both of our schools, first at St. Lawrence from 1967-1980 and St. Mary from 1986-2005. The parents of both schools were a blessing to me and my students.
|elevation of the Host (bread changed into the body of Christ)|
|Bishop Doherty's Coat of Arms|