MY RESSURECTION STORY
I got a call from Fr. Andrew just a few days ago, asking me to consider speaking in front of all of you to tell you my story of resurrection and meeting Christ in my life. How could I refuse Fr. Andrew? How could anyone refuse Fr. Andrew? When I told him I that of course I would be honored to speak, he told me that I was the lucky person who would kick off this series of resurrection stories by speaking to you today.
That was less than 2 days ago. At first, I completely drew a blank. Have I met Christ in my life? Have I experienced my own resurrection? What hit me is this. We meet Christ all the time through the course of our days – we just don’t always recognize or realize that this is what is happening to us. And suddenly with that in mind, I realized a moment in my life when this actually happened and how it changed my life. Here’s my story.
The year was 1987 and my sister was getting married at St. Clare. Since I was the singer in the family, she asked me to sing for her wedding. By the way, before I get too much further in the story, I think it is important to share with you that I am the middle child of a merged family of 17 kids who were brought together back in 1966 when my father remarried. Both of my parents are here at mass today. They sent all 17 of us to St. Clare School and for that I am incredibly grateful.
But – back to my story.
So my sister asked me to sing at her wedding and I was absolutely thrilled. I love to sing and had been singing for weddings of friends and family for a few years. The wedding ceremony went off without a hitch and I felt like I had done a good job. The music director/organist at St. Clare at that time was Richard Bryce. Some of you may remember him – an interesting fellow, a little strange. Well, Richard said “You have a great voice. I would really like to use you again. Would you be interested in doing more weddings here at St. Clare?” Of course I replied, “I would love to!” His response was “Well, you’ll have to join the Adult Choir. Only members of the Choir can sing for weddings and other occasions.”
Sing in the Choir? Only old people my parent’s age sing in the Choir! How am I going to meet anyone my age singing in St. Clare’s Choir?? At the same time, I really wanted to do more weddings. So he really had me between a rock and a hard place. You see, at that time in my life, I wasn’t going to mass on Sundays. I was living on my own and since college, had gotten into the habit of spending my Sunday mornings hanging out at in my flat, reading the paper or meeting friends for breakfast. I had no time for church. But, boy, I really wanted get more jobs singing for weddings.
It didn’t take long for me to decide. In the end, the desire to sing won out. I joined St. Clare’s Adult Choir. And it completely changed my entire life. I met my husband at St. Clare singing for a wedding while he played trumpet. Who could have predicted that? We were married at St. Clare, our son was baptized here, and he attended St. Clare School from pre-school through 8th
Grade. Talk about full circle.
For me, Richard Bryce was my meeting Christ at a pivotal crossroads in my life and my resurrection from straying away from my faith and religion. Jesus Christ knew I needed to use my singing talent and ability. It was Christ working through Richard Bryce that got me the chance to share this gift and spread his message of love, hope, comfort and faith. I always think of my singing as my ministry especially when I am up here as the cantor leading the psalm or singing with the choir at mass. And it is definitely comes through when I am singing a wedding or funeral. I am deeply grateful to Richard Bryce for offering me the chance to be a part of this ministry and deeply grateful that I made the choice to take this path.