J and i were in chicago with our young friends for a get-together hosted by Father T. we missed several friends as B felt ill and RD was on duty. RA had work in the seminary.
Father T was assigned pastor at St. Thomas of Canterbury, a small church in uptown chicago last summer. he gave us a tour of his beautiful church where we had some moments of prayers, too. the church (plus school pre-K to 8th) and the rectory are interconnected. the parish offices and main hall are on the first floor. a beautiful spiral marble staircase leads to the second floor where he lives.
the rectory is very charming. it is a confluence of the old and new – wood floors, vintage furniture and antique fixtures with up-to-date amenities in the kitchen and bathroom to suit modern day living. it is cozy and very welcoming. there are a lot photographs of family and friends prominently displayed in the living room and in his office reflecting Father’s loving and kind-hearted character. his siblings were also visiting so we got to meet his beautiful family.
we also celebrated C’s birthday albeit belatedly. she celebrated her actual birth day in the philippines with hubby R. Father N and E came too. after dinner, we all braved the cold for the blessing of the priests’ new vehicles. it was a wonderful evening – lots of food, lots of laughter, lots of stories. everyone is well.
thank you to our gracious host and to all for a blessed and fun-filled evening.
food, food, food 🙂
thanks for several pictures sent by A.