KNEE REPORT #16
My new knee replacement is in place and in good shape, but like last time the incision is not healing quickly. There has been fluid leaking out again, contrary to the surgeon’s expectations. So I am really confined to my upstairs quarters in the rectory without much activity other than bed to bathroom to recliner, with this cycle being repeated often. I am grateful to Sister Ruth, Sister Kathy, and Larry Voss for faithfully bringing up a tray of food three times a day so I don’t starve. The doctor wants me to keep this regimen for 3 more weeks to make sure the incision heals and seals securely before we start any activity of exercise and rehab.
So I thought by now I would be getting ready to get back to church to see all of you at Mass, but not yet. Your prayers are still required and appreciated. St. Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us!
JUST A COUPLE OF REMINDERS FROM YOUR ALMOST FORGOTTEN PASTOR:
+ The annual Missionary Coop appeal from last Sunday had to be delivered “in absentia” by our substitute priest since the bishop from Bangladesh could not come to St. Bernadette’s because of the pandemic. I encourage you to read or review the bulletin handout from last Sunday and then make a generous gift using the attached envelope (extra in church). The Catholic Church in Bangladesh needs our help and our prayers.
+ R.C.I.A. coming to our parish again this year. This is the best opportunity for someone to become Catholic and a member of our parish. We will begin sometime later in September on a weeknight. If you are someone you know might be interested, please contact the Parish Office soon, or Sister Kathy.
+ The American Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are asking every U.S. parish to take up a collection for the victims in Haiti of the recent 7.2 earthquake, followed in a week by the destructive wind and rain of Hurricane Grace. I ask the Parish Family of St. Bernadette to help out the Haitians, who are predominantly Catholic and also the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, by contributing to a special fund that will be forwarded to Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services. Please use the envelopes marked for this critical collection to help our sisters and brothers in Christ.