I haven’t written much on the trip to Florida, but it was a great excursion. The warm weather in Ft. Lauderdale was very welcome though I must admit we left unseasonably warm temperatures in Virginia. The soccer was great. Lots of college coaches saw the girls. My daughter’s team made it to the semi-final round of competition. All in all, it was a successful trip.
We attended Mass on December 30 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Plantation, Florida. It was a straightforward Mass with good music and no funny stuff. The priest gave an excellent homily about the importance of fathers in families. I don’t know when the existing church was built but I would guess it was of the early 70’s vintage—lots of wood paneling and a modern metal sculpture crucifix. The stations of the cross are symbolic representations. I noticed in the bulletin there is a campaign to raise money for a renovation of the sanctuary. I heard one of the parishioners describing the renovation plans and it sounds like a true renovation rather than the “wreckovation” seen in some parishes. The altar will be rebuilt with the tabernacle front and center. Best wishes to them as they proceed with their renovation plans.