Ron and I have been privileged to attend many churches along the way, some large, some small, some with music and some without. Today, this fourth Sunday of Advent, we attended St Brendan's in Clearwater Beach, FL. We were very impressed with several things. The music was wonderful. The deacon, Dr. Bill Gorman, a former nurse, gave the homily and did a wonderful job. He welcomed visitors and asked where each was from. He told a story about a volunteer who worked with soldiers who displayed emotional problems in the emergency room of the hospital where he worked in New York. When asked what this volunteer did to calm each soldier, she said, "I just told them that God loved them" and they immediately calmed down. The priest, Fr. Eric Hunter, a true Irishman, had a wonderful voice and sang many parts of the mass. We attended the donuts and coffee social after mass and met a a very nice couple from Canada. After church, we took the trolley to Tarpon Springs. All in all, a wonderful day.
We will not be posting until after the first of the year, so we want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.