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.