Sunday, January 6, 2013

The visiting priest

When ever a priest from the parish is on travel, we have a visiting priest from one of the local universities studying abroad. Because Saint Michael's serves the local Kenyan community, with its 12:30 Mass spoken in Swahili, we usually get a priest from Kenya. I can't imagine how scary it is to serve Mass for a couple of hundred of parishioners who 95% at the 9am are NOT KENYAN. Hard enough for any priest to serve Mass with a community they do not know, but to celebrate Mass in what is not your second language but your third language. The priest isn't exactly 'on cue' and pauses here and there. He may be embarrassed or think he's messing up, but really we're all impressed.

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  1. Two votes for nice post from this street address.  We have an Indian Priest from time to time and while he is not great at English, I for one am very happy he is here, so our assigned priest is not run into the ground.

    Regards  —  Cliff

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  2. If you have a parish, with lots of people being active in the liturgy it also helps so the priest isn't up there all by themselves.

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  3. Fully agree.

    Regards  —  Cliff

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