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The priests of the monastery are often assigned on the weekend to different parishes in the area to assist by celebrating Mass. This weekend I traveled to Bethany, Missouri, only about 45 minutes from the Abbey. I departed Saturday afternoon, driving with sunglasses on, cruising into the bright afternoon sun. I had Mass at 5:00pm Saturday evening and accepted an invitation for dinner with parishioners after Mass. A nice meal with good people is one of the many blessings of being assigned at various parishes.  Happy Feast of the Baptism of the Lord!
Above: A look at the sanctuary of Blessed Sacrament parish.
Below: The statue of Mary adorning the nave.
Below: The sunrise illuminated the colorful sky early this morning.

Below:  While driving through Stanberry (the town neighboring the Abbey), I saw these interesting animal sculptures by the side of the road. Someone has both a sense of humor and a great amount of creativity.