Last week with Abbey Fest I found myself in the position of master of ceremonies. It was my responsibility to get the confessors, show them their place for confession. I needed to have confessions announced from the stage throughout the day. For Mass I I had practiced with the teen servers and the three readers and all the teens who would lead the priests to their places for the distribution of Holy Communion. I sat with those involved in the sound and gave them notes as to who would be speaking, when and from what microphone. I also gave directions to the priest concelebrants and to Fr. Abbot Richard who was presiding. For the closing ceremony I needed to work out the details of the period of transition from concert mode to prayer mode. The distribution of candles to the concert goers, the route of the procession, the seminarians to carry the canopy and helping Fr. Carl get up the steps while carrying the monstrance and wearing habit, cope and humeral veil. All this was part of Abbey Fest. God was present! God was very much alive!
This past Sunday I found my self celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism. As a parish priest this was an ordinary experience of my life. Since entering Daylesford Abbey in June 2013 I have not celebrated this Sacrament at all. My nephew Dan and his wife, Jess, are the proud parents of twin boys. They were born on 13 May. I witnessed Dan and Jess’s marriage in Trenton. I also baptized Dan . Here I was baptizing Christian David and Cole Edward. What a great joy for our family. Two new members of the Family of God! Dan chose the day because it was also the fortieth anniversary of his parent’s wedding day. That wedding of my sister and her husband I too celebrated. Family is a gift!!