Sunday December 12, 2004

Eucharistic Minister

Today was the 20th monthly Mission of Mercy mass that is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at St. Mary’s and just yesterday S.C.C. and I were both asked to serve as Eucharistic Ministers.

It was back on August 31 when S.C.C. and I were both asked to serve as Eucharistic Ministers for St. Mary’s parish. Because of the perfect timing surrounding us being asked I wrote the following in the August 31st paper:

Later in the day I called S.C.C. to tell her that I was in "hometown". She answered the phone and at that very instant I was hit with a strong, sudden sense of peace. I glanced at my watch and the time was 1:33:33. S.C.C. then told me that she had gone to mass this morning at St. Mary’s and Fr. M______ stopped her after mass and asked if she and I would be Eucharistic Ministers. I was stunned and the peaceful feeling was incredible I then noticed the time display on my phone was 1:33.

Later in the afternoon when I got off work I drove home and stopped at St. Joseph’s first just to say thank You for allowing us to be Eucharistic Ministers again. I arrived at St. Joseph’s just as the clock on the dash switched to 7:33. I got out of the car and walked over and kissed the corner of the church. I looked at my watch and the time was 7:33:00.

The reason I refer back to this is because we were scheduled to serve as EM’s last Sunday but because 2 visiting deacons were at St. Mary’s we were not needed and so today was the first time I have served as Eucharistic Minister since the last time I served at "Parish Church"  in "hometown". This was S.C.C.’s first time ever.

We slept late today because the Mission of Mercy mass was not until 2 o’clock this afternoon. We had a nice family morning and later in the afternoon we left to go to St. Mary’s for mass. When we arrived there the odometer was 1.3.

The Mission of Mercy prayer service started with the Joyful mysteries of the rosary and that was followed by mass. C.R.C. was the altar server. There was a very good crowd of people.

Mass began and when it came time for Holy Communion both S.C.C., myself and Jan F went up to serve as Eucharist Ministers. Gianna Sullivan was in my line to receive the Precious Blood and at the very instant I handed her the chalice I felt the peace run through me. I could not help but notice the time on the clock in the back of the church was 3:33. That clock runs a few minutes fast. When I finished my Eucharistic Minister duties I returned to my seat and at that very instant the feeling of peace that I have come to know hit me again. It caught me by complete surprise. I glanced at my watch and the time was 3:33:59.

R_____ C___

Dec. 18, 2004

6:33 Pm