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‘Priest for a day’ eulogized for his ‘robust’ faith

In 2015, while fighting a rare brain tumor, then-11-year-old Brett Haubrich was given a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation, and he wanted to be a “priest for a day.” Brett served the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as part of that wish. Brett died Jan. 10.

In celebrating the sacrament of the anointing of the sick two days before Brett Haubrich died on Jan. 10, Msgr. Patrick Hambrough noted the forceful manner in which Brett responded to the prayer at the anointing of his palms: "May the Lord of love and mercy free you from sin, save you and raise you up."

‘Priest for a day’ Brett Haubrich eulogized for his ‘robust’ faith

In 2015, while fighting a rare brain tumor, then-11-year-old Brett Haubrich was given a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation, and he wanted to be a “priest for a day.” Brett served the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as part of that wish. Brett died Jan. 10.

In celebrating the sacrament of the anointing of the sick two days before Brett Haubrich died on Jan. 10, Msgr. Patrick Hambrough noted the forceful manner in which Brett responded to the prayer at the anointing of his palms: "May the Lord of love and mercy free you from sin, save you and raise you up."

Student’s participation in school play seen as a blessing

Minutes before taking stage as a hyena in “The Lion King Jr.,” Brett Haubrich, left, prayed with his St. Mark classmates. Brett and his family consider it a blessing that he was able to participate in the play, which took place just a month after a risky brain surgery to treat his rare form of cancer.

With fellow cast members, Brett Haubrich took the stage April 16 and 17 for The Lion King Jr. in the parish center at St. Mark School in Lemay.

In costume as Ned the hyena, he delivered lines right on cue, sang and danced about the stage, shimmy-ing, shaking and twirling in rhythm with his classmates. He wore a gray hoodie with black spots and had a black spot on his nose and a grayish-silver mask painted around his eyes.

‘Priest for a day’ meets ‘beacon of hope’ in Philadelphia

Brett Haubrich who was “Priest for a Day” as part of his “Make a Wish,” was invited to attend the papal Mass closing the World Meeting of Families. He hugged his mother, Eileen, after seeing the pope. His father, Conrad Haubrich, stood by.

Brett Haubrich of "Priest for a Day" fame met a special person on his trip to Philadelphia on the last weekend of September.

But that certain someone wore neither a white cassock nor a white zucchetto. Nor did he answer to "Jorge."

So it wasn't Pope Francis, though Brett, mom Eileen and dad Conrad went to Philly as guests of honor to experience the pope celebrating Mass to close the World Meeting of Families.

'Priest for a day' Brett Haubrich to attend papal Mass

11-year-old Brett Haubrich was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation; his wish was to serve Holy Mass. Instead, he was granted a chance to become a “priest for a day” and served two Masses at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Holy Thurday.

The "Priest for a Day" is going to see the pope.

Brett Haubrich, "Priest for a Day" as part of his "Make a Wish," has been invited to the papal Mass of Families, on Sunday, Sept. 27, in Philadelphia as part of the pope's trip to the United States.

Brett and his parents, Eileen and Conrad, have reserved seats for the Mass, which will be celebrated by Pope Francis himself.

Seems the story about the lad from Lemay and his faith has reached the Vatican.

AN EDITOR'S LIFE | Story of Brett's wish scores on many platforms

Teak Phillips

Some stories tell themselves. They just need a platform.

Such was the case in the story of Brett Haubrich, the 11-year-old whose wish to one day be a priest came as close to true as possible for a pre-teen. We told his story last week in our Living Our Faith section, but it had a worldwide reach through the Internet. What normally would be read in about 54,000 St. Louis households was read by countless faithful worldwide.

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