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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When worlds collide

NEXT TUESDAY is the great and glorious feast of St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael. Archangels all. St. Michael being the patron of the Maryknoll Brothers, for the past three years Br. Kevin Dargan has gone to considerable troubles and expense to make this a truly festive occasion for Society members here, with a special Mass at 4:15 followed by hors d'ouevres at the Hour of Happiness and a nice meal.
Then Father McKiernan upped and died. R.I.P. Apparently those responsible for posting the monthly schedule failed to make note of the feast day and Kevin failed to notice the failure and Father Dave Sullivan over at St. T's, in communicating with the family, failed to include Fr. Lukaschek in the discussion until Monday was chosen for the wake and Tuesday for the funeral. We're lucky to get guys to attend one Mass; forget two in the same day.

Kevin was not pleased. You do not want to see Kevin when he is not pleased. Ernie was not pleased that Kevin was not pleased. So the whole thing unraveled. Ernie called Dave and Dave called the family, so now we have Fr. McKiernan's wake rescheduled for Sunday evening at 7:30 (the family has already been warned that there are fewer Maryknollers here on the weekend) with the funeral on Monday at 11 a.m.

That opens up Tuesday nicely for the Brothers' feast day festivities. (Although I heard from more than one source that not many Brothers attended last year, so we shall have to wait and see if all this ágita was worth it and a great and glorious fun time is had by all.)

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