The Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary now has a photograph of the Holy Father hanging in our parish hall. We had hoped to get one up before Archbishop Prendergast visited us on Ascension Thursday but our parish administrator and former bishop Carl Reid was not able to get it in time. Not that the archbishop was complaining. I wonder if he even noticed we lacked a picture of the Pope!
The first person to notice the oversight was a former parishioner of ours who went on to become a Catholic several years ago. She had a way of annoying me — inadvertently on her part I am sure — by always reminding me of how much peace she had found in crossing the Tiber, as if to say I did not have peace and would find it if I followed in her footsteps. Grrrrrr.
She attended the first Catholic Mass in our building and that's when she pointed out the oversight — we had a picture of Queen Elizabeth (who, after all, is Queen of Canada, which is why she is there, not because she is head of the Church of England of which were were not a part).
So, the pope's picture is up. And our sign out front has been changed to reflect that we are now a Catholic church — Anglican Use.
In other news, Fr. Francis Donnelly delivered a wonderful homily on Sunday. He has such confidence he gives these extraordinary messages without notes. I wish I had recorded it for YouTube!
In mentioning the Novena to the Holy Spirit, he suggested we ask for a huge outpouring of the Holy Spirit — tongues of fire, a mighty rushing wind — and not just make small, or timid requests — that because of Christ's Ascension into heaven, the glorification of his Humanity, we have access to all the gifts of the Holy Spirit the first disciples received while praying in the Upper Room.
Time to sign off and pray the Novena — for signs and wonders and supernatural gifts and all the fruits of the Spirit to build up the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.