I am learning that the Carnival here at St. Gregory’s is not just a fundraiser for our school. It is also a cultural event that people throughout the area look forward to. I extend a welcome not only to the guests who will come on our grounds but also to the workers who are visiting us this week.
I got to know the family I worked for very well and was like another son to them that summer. I stayed overnight with them in a trailer one night for goodness’ sake! The bunk bed I slept in was like a sardine can. I am very thankful for having experienced carnival life. I never could have imagined at that time in 1997 that one day I would be the pastor of a parish that hosted a very large carnival.
I will never forget a man I met at a carnival in Flemington, New Jersey. I started to talk with him and told him I was considering priesthood. I confided in him that I was having a hard time embracing it. He responded to me: “Why don’t you let it embrace you?” He helped me continue on the journey toward priesthood.
May you and your families enjoy this week --- and always realize that God can speak to you in the most unlikeliest of places! Enjoy the Carnival.