Category: Personal

Site Maintenance – Digital Frustration

Since I upgraded my site on September 28th, I have been having all kinds of problems. I think I am finally beginning to get things under control again. Keep your fingers crossed, and say a few prayers. Sometimes the learning curve is a little steep. I guess this is all part of participating in the digital age. It sure can be quite frustrating at times.

Williamstown Fair

I should be posting more often now that my summer holiday is over. I didn’t do anything very exotic like last year’s visit to Switzerland, but I did enjoy myself with family and friends. I finished my holiday with a visit to Williamstown Fair – just roamed the grounds with camera in hand and captured a few pictures. It was a beautiful day for a fair, and the crowds were there to enjoy it. Here are a few pictures for those of you who would like a glimpse of the 198th Annual Williamstown Fair – Canada’s Oldest Town Fair. MY PICTURES

Trillium Carpet of Splendor – Spring In Glengarry

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Every year in Ontario the white trillium magically appears replacing a carpet of snow with its stately and dignified presence. Here are a few pictures from Glengarry, Ontario, and a little poem by Milena Matcska celebrating its return.

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The White Trillium
Trillium graceful, Trillium white,
Star of the woodland, Lady of light
Lo, how she prou!ily
Stands in the glade,
Tri-sceptred sovereign,
Queen of the shade.
Stately she rises,
Slender-stemmed, tall,
Gracious response to Spring’s early call,
Lifting three leaf-arms
High from the sod,
Gazing with pure face lip at her God.
Milena Matcska

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Review of Web Service and Activities

I have not been posting since my heart attack, and am now trying to figure out, if I will continue blogging, and how much.

Here is a list of my main activities on the web:

1) bvmparish.com  and bulletin

2) Fr. Bob’s Corner

3) Fr. Bob’s Homilies

If you visit any of these sites and find them useful, I would appreciate some feedback. Please contact me at bvmparish@emailaccount.com or bvmparish@catholicweb.com

I will not be posting for the next month, but I look forward to any advice or feedback you may have to offer. In about a month I will post a summary of any feedback, and let you know the future direction of my blogging activity.

God Bless,

Fr. Bob MacDonald

Taking It Easy

December 3rd was a scary day for me. At about 3:30 in the afternoon I developed heavy chest pain. Since I often experience muscle spasms even in the chest, I did not take it seriously at first. When the pain persisted I began to suspect it was more than a spasm. Around 6:30pm I walked into emergency at Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria, Ontario to discover that I was having a heart attack. Thanks to the emergency staff at the hospital I was quickly diagnosed and administered a clot-busting drug, and sent by ambulance to the Heart Institute in Ottawa where a stent was placed in a heart artery. The Doctor who preformed the procedure told me that the Doctor and nurses at Glengarry Memorial had saved my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you – I just don’t know what else to say, and I will always be grateful. As well, I am truly grateful to the Ottawa Heart Institute. Are we ever fortunate to have Canada’s best Heart Hospital in our own back yard. What a fantastic Institution!

I would also like to say a word of thanks to Fr. Kelvin for his Pastoral Care – and just being there for me during this scary time.

I am now back at St. Mary’s Rectory taking it easy while  my body adjusts to some medications, and my heart muscle heals. Say a prayer that all continues to go well, and that I will be back to my ministry early in the New Year. (I will still be posting to the web during my time of recovery.)

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