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We have had significantly cooler temperatures these past few days.  On Friday we had a high of only 54.  Saturday morning it was 36 degrees out, before warming up to 63. Fortunately the weekend was very sunny.  It made for excellent biking weather, and I spent every free moment on my bicycle, knowing that there may not be too many bike-friendly days ahead.  On Saturday I biked with Fr. Samuel (President-Rector), and on Sunday I biked with seminarian Chris Davis (Diocese of Salina).

I had Mass for the first time this semester at the Newman Center on the campus of Northwest Missouri State in Maryville.  This weekend assignment is one of many consecutive weekend mission assignments that I have from now through October.  However, it is very enjoyable to minister in different environments.

Today, in Kansas City, it is the Annual Priest and Seminarians Appreciation Day.  Each year there is a golf tournament, where teams play a four-man scramble.  This is the 23rd year for the event which began as a small golfing event, but has evolved into an entire day of activities, a Poker tournament, and concluding with a BBQ dinner.  I will join some of the monks in attending the evening dinner.  The forecast calls for scattered showers around noon, but it should clear up and be a pleasant day.  A lot of hard work goes into coordinating all of the events, and there should be another good turnout this year.

Tomorrow evening we have another volleyball practice.  The team is coming along well, but the tournament is almost one month away.  Despite many busy schedules, we continue to practice twice a week.  I am enjoying getting to know some of the new seminarians.

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