From: Mary Zimmerman
My husband and I attended the ordination to the priesthood for Jason Kern. This was so special for Jason. He walked into the church as a deacon and walked out as a priest. One could just feel the joy and love radiate out of his heart. He was dwelling on this is the day the Lord has made. But just a week prior to this special day he had to say goodbye to his dear mom, just 49 years old. Iím sure he acknowledged that God made that day too, and despite the sorrow in his heart, he seemed to realize his mom was still very much with him, with a better view than the rest of us.
This was the first ordination we ever attended. Iím not sure why God waited so long to give us this grace. Most likely we are at least close to our golden years. The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart was full; people came to witness this special event. It started with beautiful heavenly music, then the Knights of Columbus in their full garb formed a line for all the priests and bishops to walk through. There were so many, somehow you could feel their warmth, love and holiness (yes, we do have many holy priests). I saw many of my priest friends, but was only able to touch base with Father Swamy, previously from the Cathedral now at Richland, Minn., and also a seminarian, Daniel Ward, who I share Divine Mercy material with. I spoke a couple words to our beloved Bishop Quinn as well. We are so glad the Lord is keeping him in good health. Bishop Quinn always gives a great sermon. This day he had the congregation repeat many times, ďthis is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.Ē That song was sung at our anniversary Mass and it just seems to keep running through my mind. Actually, every day we are alive God has given us another day that we may be jubilant or sad. Yet we have to realize God made every day. If sad, we still should rejoice, we have another day to prepare to meet God.
This day was also the feast day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. What an appropriate day for Jason to give his heart to the Lord in this way - the holy priesthood.
After Mass many of us gathered in Holy Family Hall (the church basement) for a delicious meal with our new priest, Father Kern. By the way, he will be our new priest at the Cathedral, St. Casimirís, and the Newman Center. Welcome Father Jason. We love you and ask Godís blessings upon you.
Surely this was the day the Lord had made - we rejoiced with a new priest - and were glad.