This past weekend I was in Las Vegas doing supply work at the parish of St. Bridget. St. Bridget rectory was not available so I got to stay at St. Christopher’s which is a couple of miles away. Fr. Miguel Rolland, OP is the parochial administrator there so we got to catch up a little. Anyway, I got this call weeks ago and it was only afterwards that I discovered that this would take me away from Holy Rosary on the same weekend it would be celebrating its 128th Anniversary of Dedication. Yes, I was disappointed since the Knights of Columbus always put on such a great brunch spread after the Masses. But there was a great silver lining.

This weekend provided me with a little bit of downtime in which to work on this blog, CANTATEOP.ORG. Being in parochial ministry doesn’t give me much time for this type of evangelization. For those who remember, I started this blog in 2010 when my provincial assigned me to Mexicali for my residency (pastoral) year. Since I was in another country, it provided me with an relatively inexpensive way of keeping family and friends up-to-date with my activities and progress. I put the whole thing on hiatus about a year after I returned to the studentate (seminary) because I simply lacked the time.

This expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro provided me with this opportunity to take it out of cold storage, shake out the dust, and start anew. It has been more than a decade since I’ve blogged and I must say that the technology has moved significantly. As with dog years, where a dog ages at a 7:1 ratio compared to human beings, I think technology is about at about 10:1. In other words, I’ve had a heck of a time bringing myself up-to-date with modern terminology, not just technique. I’m getting too old for this.

In any case, this blog is far from perfect and it does have several areas of incompleteness. But it does serve it’s purpose. Each article has given me renewed energy in writing—which is always a good thing. For the past seven years my writing has focused on homilies. It’s good to have variety.

From the Communion Antiphon for the 5th Sunday after Easter

For those who are curious, “cantate” is the plural imperative to sing. In a liturgical context it’s usually paired with the Lord as ”Cantate Domino”, which means ”Sing to the Lord”. Singing has become such a foundational part of my sacramental life that I can’t imagine being without it: Cantate Domino.

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