This is the formal announcement of our annual Chaucer celebration. Fr. Tom Welbers will be the celebrant of the memorial Mass. Some of you may know him from Facebook. Below are his thoughts about the significance of the occasion. (See my RR blog for his complete thoughts on the subject.) Photos and details of previous events are on my website CelebrateChaucer.com.
On Saturday, October 29, Our Lady of the Assumption Church, here in Claremont, CA, will once again host an event that is probably unique in the entire world. One of a kind. I'm not exaggerating.
The year 2000 marked, among many other things, the 600th anniversary of the death of Geoffrey Chaucer, the first and only great writer in Middle English. He died on October 25, 1400.
But why a special Mass for him now? At the end of The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer asks his readers to say a prayer for his soul. Perhaps he was aware of a special need for prayers as he faced eternity--as should we all. In 2000, Dolores Cullen approached me and asked if we could honor his request, and I enthusiastically agreed. Who's to say that Chaucer doesn't still need our prayers even as he continues to illuminate our lives today through his Tales?
Join us in this special event at the 5:30 pm Mass on Saturday, October 29, with a reception in the hall to follow.
I love you all.
Fr. Tom Welbers
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