Swanning About

Black Swan

Our nearby park has lots of black swans.

So I looked them up today and realized they are from Australia, and then started wondering why we would have them here. And then, I looked them up here and found thousands of gorgeous black swan pictures at our local bird sanctuary.

I guess I had missed that point.

And, I guess I had best start practicing up for some better black swan pictures.

This morning at Mass one of our students was baptized. It was truly a great morning.

And tomorrow, October 22 is the Feast Day of John Paul II.

Outside Rome and Poland, bishops will have to file a formal request with the Vatican to receive permission to mark the feast day, the decree said. The local-only celebration of a blessed’s feast is one of the most noticeable differences between being beatified and being canonized, which makes universal public liturgical veneration possible.

The text of the opening prayer for the Mass in honor of Blessed John Paul is: “O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that the Blessed John Paul II should preside as pope over your universal church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole redeemer of mankind. Who lives and reigns.”

So, tomorrow is Saturday of the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, and it is not the Feast of John Paul II here. Yet at least.

May the late and great John Paul II continue to pray for the great Church he shepherded.