December 1999

Vol. 10, No. 7

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Father John Payne had been spending some time at Seton Hospital in Austin.  He collapsed one day after evening prayer.  It appears that he had pneumonia and was not getting enough oxygen.  He has not had much strength, but he does seem to be getting better.  He missed his turkey dinners with the parish and the Holy Cross community.  He has gone up to Holy Cross House to recuperate. Please keep him in your prayers that he continue to get better.

Father Harold Essling had trouble with his car out at Steiner Lodge.  The lights would work; the radio would play.  But when he turned the key nothing would happen.  A couple days passed, and Father Harold wanted to call AAA.  Brother Thomas Krieter suggested that he check the fuses.  When he did, he discovered that the "kill switch key," an anti-theft device, had slipped out of place.  Both Father Harold and his car are running fine now.

Winter is beginning to set in.  Up north the trees' leaves change colors in the fall.  In Texas the pecans fall in December.  It's sort of nature's way of saying, "Nuts to you."  Brother Thomas has been gathering the pecans.  He delivered some to Sister Olivia at Dolores Church; she makes excellent pecan pies.  We had some for Christmas.  Brother also mailed some pecans to his mother and to Father John's mother.  In a later edition, we will report on those pies.

Sister Adelaide over at St. Ignatius did plenty of collecting pecans and other nuts.  At the Christmas Dinner at St. Ignatius, she made sure that everyone had plenty.  She also gave some to her friends, parishioners, and people who needed some.  She was overjoyed to hear that there might be some at the provincial house. 

At Dolores Parish Sister Rose went shopping with Adilina, a candidate for the Franciscan sisters.  In their joy of shopping they returned to the car, unlocked it, and sat down in it.  Adilina wondered why there were some sunglasses there.  Sister Rose wondered why the seat had been pushed back so far.  They then noticed that the car had an automatic, wrap-around seat belt.  Their car doesn't have one.  They realized that they were in the wrong car!

On Christmas Brother Thomas and Father John went over to the Alcoser home in South Austin for dinner.  Father Mike Alcoser was home from Berkley where he is the local superior and does counseling.  John and Willie Gutierrez (one of the son-in-laws) have had a running contest over the years as to who will eat more.  Both have been slacking off more and more. 


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