Wow! What a difference a day makes, right? Madrid has cooled down and the rain has cleaned the air! A very nice break!
This Sunday we have scheduled a baptism at Mass and with joy, we celebrate again the grace of new life in Christ!
It is amazing that we always hover around the legal limit of our occupancy. It is still at 75% capacity and we are probably a little less than that. As far as COVID safety goes, we still need to be smart and careful, and yet use common sense.
As you know, we now return to a COVID safe sign of peace, it can be a smile, a wave, a nod of the head, a bow, and family members can shake hands and hug.
Also, I invite the Ministers of Holy Communion to once again say, albeit softly, “the Body of Christ. ” It is silly that I can speak in a normal tone with someone in a conversation with my mask on but during Mass I can’t say softly “The Body of Christ”. So, therefore, we will begin saying it again. 
You are welcome to answer softly but wholeheartedly:  “Amen”.
Just so you know, all the priests at our church have been vaccinated. The parishioners of San Dámaso, because of their age, are about 80% fully vaccinated! So, things are improving, thanks be to God! 
The parish councils of Our Lady of Mercy and San Dámaso got together on Tuesday and we have many new ideas for combined activities to start up again in the autumn. 
Parishioner Iciar will send me job offers from time to time, and we hope that it will help someone find employment. Here is one:
Wow! That was more news than I thought. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
God keep bless you and our world! A travel joke follows!
Fr. Ron
Two friends were driving through Louisiana when they came to a sign that told them they were almost to Natchitoches. They argued all the way there about how to pronounce the name of the town.

Finally they stopped for lunch. After getting their food, one of the guys said to the cashier, “Can you settle an argument for us? Very slowly, tell us where we are.”

The cashier leaned over the counter and said, “Buuurrrrrr-Gerrrrrr Kiiiinnnnnggg.”
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