Whenever we speak about handling the Eucharist, we desire to treat the Lord with the greatest respect. Even with this most important desire, there will be unexpected situations that will arise. How do we handle these situations while keeping respect for the Blessed Sacrament at the fore?
Much has changed in the 40 years since the calendar clicked over to 1977.
Numerous things have gone by the wayside, including — thankfully — bell-bottoms, disco and gas-guzzling vehicles. Secularly, we're on our seventh president and, in the Catholic world, our fifth pope and our fifth archbishop of St. Louis.
We've also experienced a drop in vocations to the clergy and to consecrated life, with Catholic education transitioning to the laity as a result. But thankfully, we've seen a great increase in the diaconate in the archdiocese, men firmly committed to serving the Church.
By Dave Luecking | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @legacyCatholic
Newly retired Kurt Loeffler of Queen of All Saints Parish in Oakville asked God for a sign that dioconate formation was the right move for him. God answered in the form of a parish deacon who called out of the blue asking Loeffler if he had ever considered the diaconate.
"I wanted to get hit over the head with a two-by-four ... and He hit me," Loeffler said, with a laugh. "That was my sign."
A funeral Mass for Deacon Albin A. Gegg was celebrated Aug. 8 at St. Joseph Church in Farmington.
Deacon Gegg, 84, died Aug. 4 in Farmington. Born in Coffman, he married Norma Jean Seitz in 1952. Deacon Gegg spent 27 years with the U.S. Postal Service prior to retiring. He continued to work part time in the real estate business.
Deacon Gegg was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate in 1992 by Archbishop John May. He was assigned to St. Joseph Parish in Farmington, where he served until retiring in 2012.