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The Deacon's Bench

“You might just see someone you know”

I suspect that could be said by any of the 80,000 or so who gathered in Hyde Park today to get a peek at the pontiff.

But it was also said by a certain blogger and Vatican observer, in a different context. He’s right. And for proof, I offer the photographic evidence below.

Meantime, the highlight stream is happening here at 7:30 PM ET Saturday and Sunday.


Msgr. John Strynkowski, Your Humble Blogger, Rocco “Whispers” Palmo

Matt McClure, Francesca Maxime
on the set of “Currents”

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Deacon Norb

posted September 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm

For me, it has been a very busy Saturday (18 Sept)–certainly more on a local level but certainly not as flamboyant as Dcn Greg’s.
–Our parish has a Communion Service (in lieu of a daily mass) on every Saturday morning at 9:00am. This morning was my assignment — I get them maybe twice a month — and my homily was on my experiences with English Catholicism; Tony Blair’s formal conversion to Catholicism, John Henry Cardinal Newman’s conversion — and eventual beatification –and Benedict XVI’s visit to Great Britain.
–Then, in the afternoon I had a “non-Nuptial-Mass” Wedding Ceremony. The groom was Roman Catholic; the bride was “non-baptized.” About 80-90 folks in church. Everything went very well.
–Finally, at 4:30pm, I was “on-ceremony” as the “Deacon of the Gospel” at our parish’s regularly scheduled Saturday evening Vigil Mass for the 25th Sunday of the Church Year.
–Somewhere along the way,(1) I sent a long e-mail to our Dean of our local Deanery about a meeting we will have on Wednesday; (2)Shipped a package to the Bishop of our local Lutheran Church District (who I know on a first named basis) that he requested I forward; (3) Connected with my pastor about the hospitalization of our local Roman Catholic school superintendent; and (4) Managed to get home in time to entertain some “out-of-town” unexpected company before a supper of grilled beef “Shish-ka-bob” that my wife prepared while I was at Mass.
Who said that Deacons do not deserve the prayers of the wide community!

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