Thanks and happy day to all our dads on this weekend. We are honored to have you in our families and in our parish. May grace, peace and good health be yours today and in the days ahead.
And speaking of fathers, we have news of Fr. Tim Vowels. Fr. Vowels, a classmate and friend of mine, took up residence with us here at HR last July as he was recovering from surgery/treatment for throat and neck cancer. In that surgery he lost his voice box and vocal cords, so as he was joining us he was learning to talk through the manipulation of a tracheal device. After a time he was able to celebrate Mass with us occasionally on Sunday and through the week. In November a scan found a brain tumor that was treated successfully. Then in the new year doctors found spots on his lungs. Most recently scans have turned up still more tumors in the brain fluid and its lining. The prognosis, I’m afraid, is not good. There does not appear to be a treatment to deal effectively with this condition. So father won’t be returning to us here at HR but will continue in residence at Mother of Good Counsel Nursing home where he will be receiving palliative care. Even in the short time that he was with us we all came to love him and admire his spirit. Please continue to pray for him as he enters this next stage of his life here on this earth. I know he would appreciate just a note or a card, so if you have time to send one, his address at Mother of Good Counsel Nursing Home is 6825 Natural Bridge Road, STL, MO 63121. Or if you would prefer to drop it by the rectory or in the Sunday collection, I will be happy to carry it to him on one of my visits.