A Note from Deacon Al
As many of you know, I had an accident on August 19, 2022. While serving at a funeral Mass at St Bernadette Church in Monroeville, I fell off the altar. I was returning to my chair after just completing my homily and addressing the family; I missed several steps as I crossed the front of the altar table. It was an unbelievable experience as I fell into
the Holy Water, Easter candle and just missed the casket. Can you imagine how the family felt?
When I woke up on the floor of the church, I found out I broke my right ankle on both sides and both sides of my right knee. Compound fractures left me in the hospital with four surgeries over a two week period of time. I then spent two weeks in Vincentian rehab on McKnight Road. For the past several weeks I have been attending physical therapy two or three times a week regaining my strength and my ability to walk. I now have a noticeable limp and use a walking aid. Hopefully that will eventually improve and I will be able to walk on my own.
As a brother deacon said to me " Deacon Al, it's better to fall from the altar than from the grace of God" That's certainly true, but the altar fall really hurt too!
With the incomparable help from my wife Donna and the support of my adult children, I am recovering … but slowly.
As I continue to rely on a miracle of healing in my fourth stage of cancer, we go through the frequent, usual blood work, scans and doctor exams at Cleveland Clinic. We have a way to go to know before cancer is no longer something I need to worry about, but we remain in prayers to Our Lady Undoer of Knots and to Jesus Christ for God's will to be done.
Over the next several weeks, I hope to be released from the doctor’s care and will be able to resume our service at St. Aidan Parish as deacon. The exact date is still unclear, but we are hopeful it will be shortly after April 17.
I would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for all of your cards, Masses of healing, text messages and mostly thoughts and prayers.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.