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"The Booklet" Epiphany Mission Sherwood
It is my intent to post as many of these Booklets as is practical on this website. They are a treasure in several ways. First, they serve as a valuable source of historical information about the town of Sherwood. Although the text of these booklets was edited and published in 1954 as the book Candles in the Dark Boreen, the photographic documentation of the town and people is powerful and revealing and should also be available. These practical matters aside, Father Jones' narrative is a touching story of his relationship with the town and the congregation.
So far, I have been able to scan or obtain other scans of about three-fourths of the Booklets. As mentioned, I plan to post JPEG copies of these scans, especially those with people in them. It is my hope that most of the people can be identified.
I have indexed the collection
of Booklets on a separate web page.
The Booklet cover below is probably the most widely recognized of all the covers, as Fr. Jones says below, it was his personal favorite. I have included his narrative with the image.
"Of all mission pictures accumulated through the years Father Jones likes none better than the one on the cover of this Booklet. On a late March morning in 1938 the Blessed Sacrament was taken near two miles from the Mission altar to a sick old man. For the greater part of the way the car was used, but it was necessary to walk the last half mile to the cabin. The morning was coldish and gray with skies overcast and light rain intermittently falling, hence the priest's cloak and the server's umbrella. In the picture a swollen and turbulent creek is being crossed on a precarious foot log. The white stole peeping out from the priest's cloak and the server's lace cotta, damp with rain, are artistic touches.
"As a matter of fact the picture is not of the actual crossing of the priest with the Blessed Sacrament. The actuality was reenacted an hour later with David posing as the priest. David, beloved and long since dead. Old John to whom the Blessed Sacrament was taken went home to God when summer came. Fritz, the server, eventually went to near-by St. Andrew's School and graduated and married a St. Andrew's community girl. Fritz and Jin have three children.
"The picture is typical of daily Mission events as is the story of their sequels, a bit of a glimpse, whimsical and mystical, of the doings of the servants of God."