Update on Fr. Tony

With update #3…

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Father had a follow-up appointment with his team of doctors at Baystate Medical Center yesterday afternoon to discuss the results of his tests – which were all negative.  In other words, they don’t know, at this point, what caused his illness.

A follow-up endoscopy and an MRI have also been scheduled.

His appetite is returning, but his energy level is not where he would like it to be at this stage in his recovery.  This may be due to his significant weight loss while in the hospital.

Updates as warranted…

UPDATE 1: Father was taken by ambulance to BFMC in Greenfield at 10pm on Friday, January 9 after suffering another bout of sharp abdominal pain.

UPDATE 2 1/10/15 10:40am: Having become very vocal and adamant about having an MRI done, Father is scheduled to have one at 11am today.

UPDATE 3 1/10/15 8:20pm: Father was able to eat solid…

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Please Pray for Fr. Tony

Please check back often for updates…

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As many of you are aware, Father Tony has not been feeling well these past 7-10 days.  His health worsened on Christmas Eve and he was later taken to the Emergency Room at Franklin Medical Center for tests, and was subsequently transferred to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield last night.

We’ll try to keep everyone abreast of his condition as he allows, and without violating any HIPAA rules.

I’m sure he’d appreciate your thoughts and prayers and perhaps even a get well card.

We thank Fr. Donald Lapointe for celebrating the 9pm Nativity of our Lord Vigil Mass on very short notice.

UPDATE 1: 12/25 2:30pm Father Tony informs us that if all goes well with his treatment plan, he would probably be released from Baystate at some point on Saturday to recuperate at home.

UPDATE 2: 12/27 4:10pm Father Tony told me today that he is still not tolerating…

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How To Make a Palm Cross or a Palm Rose (3/18)

One of our most popular posts. I’m re-blogging it for this Palm Sunday.

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This is a quick view at the making of a palm rose using the standard palm fronds distributed on Palm Sunday. For detailed instructions visit: http://www.squidoo.com/palm-rose

Before following the directions in this video, soak some palm leaves in water overnight, then tear them into half-inch by 18-inch strips. Then follow these directions. You can use a straight pin to fasten your cross.

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Sunday Mass Obligation (2/9)

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The Diocese of Springfield urges all Catholics to heed travel advisories and restrictions as indicated by local and state officials, including staying off roads and allowing for emergency and plowing operations. The faithful are encouraged to use good judgement when planning to travel to Mass. Catholics are reminded that the obligation to attend Mass does not apply when there is grave difficulty in fulfilling that obligation. (Canon Law 1248 s, 2)

Finally we ask all our faithful to prayerfully remember and give thanks for those law enforcement, safety, plowing and medical personnel whose duties require that they work throughout the storm.

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