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My Venerable Dad - memory snippet on Fathers Day

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My Venerable Dad - memory snippet on Fathers Day

Lucky day!   Father McShane was on the altar.
I knelt in gratitude, in silent applause.

He said mass faster than the lead car in a drag race.  
Hosts flew and before we knew it: “Ite, missa est.” *

The nine a.m. ritual was well worth it on Sundays with daddy.
Out of the mist of sneezy incense, enclosed in glass tabernacles

food for the soul of another kind awaited us at the Brewster bakery.
Father and daughter a spiritual team of confectionary communicants, 

were in search of the one true doughnut, the absolute muffin.
My father kept us ever faithful. 

*Go, the Mass is ended 

©Kathryn McLoughlin Collins
June 14, 2012

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  1. Date: 3/21/2014 11:12:00 PM
    mmm...i remember as a kid how i longed for Fr. O'Shea to get to those words at Mass...then it's crumpets from the corner store and home to roast those big round hosts. And crown them with butter and jam. Ha...great stuff....m

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    Date: 3/22/2014 8:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Mike - We are of same ilk. Spice muffins (breakfast - couldn't buy eclairs). Thank you for your lovely comment. It does a heart good. Maybe Fr. McShane wanted to get over with as much as some of us in the congregation. Thanks Mike. love, Kathy
  1. Date: 6/30/2012 9:44:00 AM
    '...confectionary communicants,' I LOVE IT! '...faster than the lead car in a drag race,' your turns of phrase are unique, sometimes funny and always refreshing! A marvelous piece. :) x

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 7:45:00 AM
    a truly beautiful memory of Sundays and your father

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 7:36:00 AM
    This is a very touching write Kathryn, it wraps us your relationship with your dad in just a few words, well done, my dad passed away two years ago still I can't find the words to express my relationship with him, go figure I can write about anything except that which burns the memory so deeply, sending my love dear one, hugs vie

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 6:04:00 PM
    Your earthly father had the right idea..Feed the spirit and feed the human hunger for a healthy child..Enjoyed reading your remembrance of your father..He must have been a very good father..I am glad that I chose this one to read this eve..Thanks for stopping by my work..Sara

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 12:04:00 PM
    Only had a minute. And I am so glad I spent it here. Isn't it amazing how the simple things become memories we cherish? I remember cross country skiing with my dad through farmer's fields, stopping and sharing gorp (trail mix), some lukewarm hot chocolate, admring winter birds and the treks we created. Your poem is wonderfu., catching a time to cherish. hugs, Cyndi

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 11:38:00 AM
    yes yes, I lOVE this one. FAVE