Friday, September 19, 2014

7 Quick Takes; the before caffeine edition

1.  Last Sunday we went to Mass at the seminary.  I always love it there because the liturgy is so beautifully done.  When we were talking about it our daughter commented how Mass how much she liked the Mass.  I asked her why and she said, "because everyone knew what to do and did it and it all went the way Mass should go" (I'm paraphrasing, it was days ago).  Every now and then, I see me in her.  That day, the liturgy snob was alive and well, I'm so proud!  Really, what I see as important to a Mass celebrated well is when no one part or person overshadows the rite.  It is about worship to God, thanksgiving,  the Eucharist, not about calling attention to self.  That is why Mass there is so wonderful.

2.  It's that time of year when my patience is tested very regularly.  Faith formation classes begin this Sunday.  It's not the children.  It's not the people who forget to register before Sunday.  It's not the people who are struggling to figure out this whole faith life.  It's the people who lie to me. Every year I hear new stories as to why they didn't register last year for year one of the two year program or why they don't come to Mass or how they never get information.  How do I know they are lying?  I'm a mom.  I've worked in ministry for over thirty years. I understand it's hard to admit you made a mistake, but please don't blame me.  We can't solve the problem by lying and blaming,

3.  What is it like to be the woman who has the same hair style for years?  Men have the same style for life.  My husband's idea of a change in his style is to part it on the other side.  If you took pictures of me from the last twelve months my hair rarely looks the same.  Similar, but not the same.  I wonder if I have a deep psychological problem.

4.  Yesterday we made a change in phone and internet providers at work.  We were without internet almost all day which also meant we had no access to the main server and could not print.  I didn't get done most of what was on my task list but I was busy doing "stuff" that just filled up the time.  Of course, that means as some point before Sunday I have work to do at home for Sunday.

5. The widening of our little canal brought us ants, which are still hanging around the house, and a broken mailbox.  The post is so wobbly and they promised my husband they would fix it last week but now they are two streets away and have probably forgotten all about it.  Along with all the pallets from the grass my yard on that side is looking quite unkempt.

6.  This is my least favorite time of year weather wise in Florida.  All around there are sweaters and boots for sale, fall ads with pretty leaves and of course, pumpkin everything.  Except we are all wearing sleeveless tops and shorts and if my husband was able, we'd go to the beach!  It's the only time I mind the heat, from now until Halloween I long for Fall.

7.  For the last two months my husband and I have been sleeping on the other's side of the bed.  We did this so I would not be near his injured toe while sleeping.  We just can't adjust.  Both of us wake up at times confused, turning to the wrong side to get out of bed, surprised when we feel more bed and not space.  I've almost fallen off the bed.  I can't wait to go back to "my side" of our bed.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

7 Quick Takes about Ants, Interesting reads, and links to like

1.  I want one of these for my house.  Why?  I'll give you a's an ant eater.  The canal next to our house is being widened and deepened so the ants are displaced and apparently they like my kitchen as their new place.  What I don't understand is how do they bypass the garage, the laundry room, the bathroom, bedrooms and hallway next to the canal and come into the kitchen.  Ant bait is useless; we keep killing them with spray cleaner and wiping them up.  The counter and floors can be spotless, we leave for a few minutes and BAM, they're BACK!  I have been told I cannot have a breakdown over the ants until at least a week after the work is done.  Do they sell mini ant eaters at Pet Co?

2.  Every now and again I read a post and think, "Wow, how amazing is that thought?"  When St. Ignatius and John Legend Mash Up is one of those posts.

3.  I like learning about new apps for phones.  It's one of the reasons I like having a smart phone. This week I found this app on Divine Mercy. I found out about this app from OSV Weekly and Sarah Reinhard.

4.  I stumbled upon two new blogs this week.  Catholic Cravings is written by  Laura Mcalister all the way over in Sydney, Australia.  What I've read so far is funny, serious and spot-on.  Quantum Theology is Michelle's blog.  She is also the author of the post in #2.  She seems to have an Ignatian bent.

5.  Faith Formation classes start next Sunday.   Someday everyone will register ahead of time.  

6.  Every week I hope and pray that this will be the week of no bad/sad/terrible news.  This was not that week  I may need a larger prayer board.

7.  This Sunday John will become an Acolyte.  We are all very excited and happy about this event.  However, he has to kneel before the Bishop.  His boot makes this complicated.  He thinks he can get down, maybe on one knee, but not sure about getting up.  Add to that wearing an alb and this will be interesting.  For you local folks, he's going to serve at 5:30 Mass this Sunday.  

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

All About Acolytes

Do you like that alliteration in the title?  Nifty isn't it.  Okay, I'll be serious.  This is one of those posts where I will try to impart some actual knowledge instead of rambling on about what's inside my head.

First, some context.  Why am I writing about Acolytes?  On Sunday, my husband  will be instituted as an acolyte, which is the step before (God-willing) deacon ordination.

Becoming a deacon is a process which takes time.  The Church wants to be sure men are properly prepared for their eventual role as deacons in the Church. Deacons receive Holy Orders and are clergy.  The order of rites to ordination are acceptance as a candidate, institution as a lector and then acolyte.  There must be at least six months time between lector and acolyte institution.  An acolyte wears an alb, which is a long white vestment with long sleeves, and a cincture, a rope or cord around his waist. ( Canons 1033-1035)

An acolyte has specific duties and responsibilities.  Acolytes assist the Deacon and Priest at the altar and if necessary, distribute Holy Communion. An Acolyte is instituted for service at the altar.  (GIRM Ch 3)  He is to prepare the altar and sacred vessels. He can carry the cross in a procession and presents the thurible to the priest if incense is being used.  When a deacon is not present, an acolyte takes over some of his responsibilities.  The exception to that is proclaiming the Gospel.  (GIRM Ch 4)

On Sunday morning one of the Bishops of Florida will place a chalice and paten in John's hands and say "Take this vessel with bread (wine) for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church."
John will respond "Amen" bring him one step closer to ordination.

Friday, September 5, 2014

7 Quick Takes about Joy, being nice, Polish proverbs and prayer bags

1.  Since last Friday lots of very good things have happened in regard to my husband's recovery.  His PICC line was removed which means he no longer has IV antibiotics, his last hyperbaric treatment is today and we have a date to remove the external fixator and pins.  Tuesday he's going back to work.  On now to the dance of joy:

2.  You know the dance of joy, no?  From Perfect Strangers, a sit-com from the 1986 - 1993.  Loved that show. Seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix.  What ever happened to sit-coms?  Oh yea, now we have reality TV so we can watch other people's lives and either be thankful we aren't like them or  wish we were like them.  This is why every time we discuss tv, we decide against it. 

3.  I've spent way too much time this week being annoyed at people being rude.  I don't understand it all.  I know I'm rude sometimes, especially if I have to deal with people who want their way and are being difficult or lying to me when they want my help.  I will say though, that rudeness in your professional work is not acceptable and to be rude in an email is not a good idea.  Along with rudeness is the air of superiority that subtly conveys you think I don't know what you are talking about; don't you feel silly when I do?  You probably don't because you are so wrapped up in yourself you don't see others at all, which is why you are rude to begin with. Are people rude because they are soooooooooo busy?  I know many, many genuinely busy people who are not rude. They are not rude, they know it's not all about them.  I think that is the key.  We need a campaign to stop rudeness.


5.  Have you heard the phrase "Not my circus, not my monkeys" that is said to be a Polish proverb.  Well, I checked it out with my Polish friend and he said it is; but not used much over in Poland.  I told him it's all over Pinterest and Facebook.  He also told me how to say it in Polish, but I think I'll stick with the English.  

6.  I am making up "prayer bags" for each faith formation class.  Each week a different child will take the bag home and use what's in it to set up a little rayer space at home and pray with their family.  I saw the idea somewhere and really liked it.  So far the bags will contain: a statue of a saint or Mary, prayer card to match statue, rosary CD and pamphlet, LED candle, rosaries, a Catholic talk on CD (for parents) and a cloth to use for displaying the items.  I'll also include suggestions for how to use everything.  What else could go into the bags?  

7. This is a busy sacrament weekend.    Tomorrow three men will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the  Diocese of Palm Beach.  After five yeas of formation the day has arrived.  Excited, pleased and proud for and of them.  Then Sunday we have Confirmation as well as two adults coming into the Church.  The Holy Spirit will be moving!   

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