Posted by: matt25 | May 3, 2014

Holy Smokes! A Table For 16 Please.

I have 2 words for your consideration today. Holy and Smoker. Separately this is what they mean.

ho·ly [hoh-lee]. adjective
1. specially recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated.
2. dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion.

smok·er [smoh-ker] noun
1. a person or thing that smokes.
2. an informal gathering, for entertainment, discussion, or the like
3. an enclosed metal box or similar device for smoking meats, poultry, or fish.

Put them together and they are more than the sum of their parts for me. It was 3 years ago this weekend. The first weekend of the month had been set aside by my wife and I for 5 years and and that was our final weekend of formation at Christ the King Seminary on the path to ordination. Saturday evening of that weekend was a time for the formation community to celebrate 2 men being called to the Holy Order of Deacons. My wife Mary Jane and I were the guests of honor along with Walt & Gina Szczesny. This was fitting as neither of us would be deacons today without the support and help of our wives who are inseparable from who we are as men and as our better halves in our primary vocation as married men.

The Holy Smoker was indeed an informal gathering set aside by the church on grounds consecrated to the purpose of building up the kingdom of God. There was a smoked turkey as the main course of the feast with plenty of conversation and perhaps a cigar for those who wished to have one. But it was so much more. It was a celebration of lives and accomplishment. It was a recognition of sacrifices made and obstacles overcome. It was a shared experience of hope for the future and farewell to the past. Finally, it became a memory.

Today it is time for another Holy Smoker. This year, 8 men and their wives will be honored in a similar way. Please join me in praying for them as they answer the call together to become deacon couples dedicated to the service of God’s children.

The following men, with the love, support and consent of their wives, are called to the Holy Oder of Deacons:

Paul Bork, Charles Esposito, Michael Ficorilli, Jeffrey Forster, Paul Kulczyk, Steven Schumer, Daniel Tyler, James Waggoner.


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