Jesus Christ, the risen Lord, is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!
I spent all of my Easter break in Tulsa this year, at the Parish of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. This is the same parish where I spent my summer. Fr. Bernard Jewitt and Fr. Archie Fernandez were very welcoming and open to have me help during the different parish functions and Masses. Fr. Jewitt had surgery the week before Holy Week to install a port and he then began dialysis the day before Palm Sunday. I was able to serve him as both chauffeur and personal assistant as he was dealing with his medical and personal needs. It was very humbling to be able to be there and serve when he was in a place of need. I also was MC, server, thurifer and general “go to” guy during the Holy Week Masses. Being deeply involved in the litrugies through this liturgically rich week was awesome! I also served, with other seminarians, the Bishop at the Chrism Mass – another first for me. All in all, it was a very hectic and rewarding two weeks. When we were discussing all that happened over the two weeks and the change to my schedule so I could participate, Fr. Jewitt said, “This is just a small taste of what it means to be a priest.”
I am thankful to all at St. Bernard’s, to Fr. Jewitt and Fr. Archie, and to God for giving me a chance to use my gifts and talents to serve God’s people in this way. Thank you Jesus!