Thursday, May 9, 2013
ASCENSION THURSDAY TURNED INTO ASCENSION SUNDAY AND MONSIGNOR JOHN CUDDY DAY
Last night, May 8, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of ordination of Msgr. John Cuddy who became pastor at St. Joseph Church in 1974. I succeeded him in 2004 and he was able to assist in the parish until about two years ago. He just turned 85 and lives in an "assisted living" facility near the Church. He was ordained a priest while I was still in my mother's womb as I will turn 60 in late December! He celebrated his 25th anniversary here, his 40th anniversary here, his 50th anniversary here and now his 60th. Congratulation and God's blessings on Msgr. Cuddy, truly an icon in the Macon community which honored him by making Wednesday Monsignor John Cuddy Day with proclamations from the mayor and Bibb County commissioners.
Just as an aside, Monsignor Cuddy's three nephews from Connecticut flew in for the celebrations. At dinner last night they asked me what time Mass was on Thursday (today). I said at 8 AM. They responded, that's all? Then I realized that being from Connecticut they celebrate in the northeast Ascension Thursday on Ascension Thursday (how novel) which remains a holy day of obligation for them. I tried to explain with our bishop-emeritus sitting before me that the foolish bishops of the USA allowed some (most) dioceses to transfer Ascension Thursday to the following Sunday.
So the conundrum for the three nephews is that today in Macon is not Ascension Thursday and for them when they are back in Connecticut on Sunday it will not be Ascension Thursday, euphemistically called Ascension Sunday, although here in Macon it will be Ascension Thursday on Sunday, a miracle only bishops could make. So they will have completely missed Ascension Thursday through no fault of their own, only the fault of the bishops, through their fault, through their fault, through their most grievous fault. I rest my case.
Here are some photo's from Msgr. Cuddy's celebration.
Msgr. Cuddy Day proclamations:
Bishop Emeritus J. Kevin Boland
Mass of the Angels Latin Gloria