Prayer Request

Sean, a dear friend of mine, and a fellow teacher of mine at Elder High School, is in need of prayers. He is having trouble with his heart, and they is not sure what is causing it, possibly a virus that he caught while taking students to Honduras this past summer. To make matters worse, his wife of just a year is six months pregnant with their first child. She is a teacher as well, and trying to get loose ends tied up to join him at the Cleveland Clinic, where he was transfered today. There is a good need to storm heaven with prayers for Sean, he has a great spiritual heart, now we just need his physical heart to catch up.


From emails received earlier today, Sean’s wife Robyn has made it up to the Cleveland Clinic from Cincinnati, which eased both of their souls. Sean seems to be responding to some of the treatments, as his heart rate has slowed, but blood pressure is still way too low. Keep the prayers coming, please!

The Musical Newsman

Bill Tonnis, he of News fame on 700 wlw, is also an accomplished Catholic Musician, and trying to launch a new CD. He is having a pre-release party this Saturday, January 6th, from 7:30 – 10:00 pm at the Schott Pavilion at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford.

I’ve known Bill for several years through a mutual friend, and he is a wonderful man and also a gifted musician. He puts his faith into his music, and hopes to bring others into a deeper relationship with Christ. Tickets are $20 at the door ($30 with your own copy of his new CD).

Happy New Year!

I would have posted this yesterday, but I (along with many others, it seems) was under the weather and content with watching football.

We had an alternative New Year Celebration at the Cathedral again this year. As in past years, we had Adoration from the last Mass of the day (6:00 this year) through to Benediction at Midnight. However, we added a new twist this year and celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, with the specific intention of an increase in Vocations to the priesthood and religious life. As I told some friends, there were more people there than I feared might, but less than I hoped would make it.

In all, I think around 50 stayed to welcome the New Year in the greatest way possible, praying the prayer of Christ Himself. In a first for me, I had two deacons assisting me, with two other seminarians serving as minor ministers (acolyte and lector).

All in all, it was a nice celebration and we look forward to doing it again next year. One nice thing that happened, is as the permanent deacon here at the Cathedral and I were getting ready for dinner, he prayed for more people to show up, as there were only two or three others at that time. No more than five minutes later, a (I think) Mexican family came in totalling about 14. The knelt and prayed together and sang the Gloria together out loud. Deacon David says is was quite stunning, and I’m sorry I was on the pizza run!

God Bless during the New Year!