Sunday, December 30, 2007

First Ever Orthometer Poll!

I want to know how many wimpy parishes there are out there. So, let me know whether your parish used the long (good) option or short (castrated/feminist) option of the Letter of St. Paul to the Colossians on the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Vote on the bar on the right hand side of the screen.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

You Don't Know Who Chesty Puller Was?

A comment on a previous post has made it clear to me that some benighted souls are unaware of the identity of the Marines' Marine, Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller. Click on his name and read about him; you hear me?!?

Bulldog Puppy Name

I have decide to acquire a successor for my late bulldog Torq. (I say successor because it would be impossible to replace him.) While I won't be getting him until the Spring, I have decided on a name. Gunnery Sergeant Leonides Horatio Freiherr von Richtsteig-- Gunny for ordinary use.

Terrance, the grandson of one of my deacons, is also going to name his new pup, a German Shepherd, Gunny. Chesty was the first choice, but his wife vetoed it. For some reason she did want to have yell Chesty out the back door to call the dog.

New Liturgical Goodies Roundup

I have acquired these items over the last month.
In Rome, I got a new Euroclero Biretta that fits my size 8 head. In Rome, I also received as gifts a new ciborium and green chasuble with very nice iconographic orpheries. The parish has acquired an altar cross with corpus on both sides and maniples of assorted colors.

Stained Glass for the Church

The plans for the next phase of stained glass for the new church came in before Christmas. Within four days, all eight panels had been donated. God willing, they will be done and installed before Easter.
Sorry the photo is blurry. From left to right the images are: S. Gianna Molla, Bl. Theresa of Calcutta, S. Paul, The Immaculate Heart, The Sacred Heart, S. Peter, John Paul II, and St. Pio.

Dave Update

Dave is returning home to Denver via LearJet tomorrow!

Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart

Added to my links of interest is that of the website of one of my favorite religious congregations, the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart whose mother-house is in Alhambra, CA. These good sisters combine fidelity to the Church with contemplation and an active apostolate. Take a look.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Do Not Confuse Benny Hill with Benny Hinn

Which is exactly what I did a few years ago. I was checking the TV listings for something to watch late at night. I saw what I thought was Benny Hill at and thought to myself, "There that's the ticket!" Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a televangelist. The Divine Miss Argent tells us the Pastor Hinn and some of his prosperity gospel buddies are under investigation by the Senate. I hope they also take steps to ensure that no one else gets a Hinn when they want a Hill.
Click here for a video of Hinn set to Hill music. (Zuccetto spin to the ever creative Vincenzo.)
(Benny Hill Trivia: Benny Hill was the Toymaker in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which itself was amazingly enough from a book written by James Bond author Ian Fleming.)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Some SOB(s) Stole My License Plates. Again!

Here I am recuperating from the holy day at mom's and this morning I discover that some ^$&%^ has stolen my license plate. And while it was only temporary tags this time, it has happened before. A couple of years ago, some punk took my personalized tags--which is why I had to fall back on a secondary choice.

Question: would it be very bad to wire the battery to the plate bolts?

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Dave Update

On Christmas Eve, I talked with Dave's wife Stephanie. It seems that things with Dave are going much better than expected. The skin grafts are taken and his recovery is progressing faster than expected. (He has even been able to drink beer! The hospital is in Germany.) It looks like he will be able to be transferred to a hospital in Denver the first week of January. Keep those prayers coming!

My Caption Entry

For some reason, Pope Benedict was never very good at hide and seek.
(Photo stolen from Fr. Z).

I survived Christmas

Thanks to God's grace, Christmas Eve dinner at the Collon's, the new parish phone system that screens out the 'what time is midnight Mass' calls, Theraflu, and the good people of the parish, I survived Christmas.

Between the Theraflu and Hall's drops, I was able to subdue Kermit enough to chant the prayers of the Mass, but not the preface. I got to use my new white maniple and Euroclero biretta. (Pictures will be forthcoming.) All four of our Masses (Vigil, Midnight, Dawn, and Day all with the requisite prayers and readings) were very well attended despite the heavy snow dropped on Christmas Eve. Our musicians did an especially nice job this year, particularly our new children's choir. (My organist Michael had lots of fun with the Zimmelbells.)

After the last Mass, I bundled Katiedog and myself into the car for the journey to mom's. Once there, it was time to open my presents. (RC helicopter--SCORE--and the requisite bulldog calendars). After presents, it was time to eat --Christmas is a diet hiatus. After food, time for a nice dosing of Theraflu and sleep. I spent most of today sleeping and lounging around mom's. Tomorrow will likely be more of the same with a trip out to the Great Salt Lake to make sure that the scuppers on my boat are clear and functioning. (More snow is on the way!)

Alas, back to work Friday morning.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

More More Cowbell -- Cowbell Hero

Possessed by Kermit

It is winter is Utah. This means that it is time for my yearly throat possession by Kermit. Yup, that frog is in my throat just in time for Christmas. Unless there is substantial improvement by tomorrow, gone are my plans to chant large portions of the Mass (including all of the Roman Canon at the midnight.)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Meme

A while ago, the Tara-wrist at Loved Sinner zapped me with the Christmas Meme:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Gift bags. Because a) I am too lazy to wrap things and b) my wrapping efforts usually end in disaster.

2. Real or artificial tree? Before ordination, I would have said real. However, since I have had personal experience trying to get dry needles out of the church, I say artificial hands down.

3. When do you put up the tree? Not being an advent-nazi, I have no problems with putting up Christmas stuff early as long as it is left up through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. However, since I only put up trees in the church now, the rule is no sooner than the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

4. When do you take the tree down? No sooner than the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

5. Do you like egg nog? Heck yes I like egg nog. (It is a very good thing it isn't available year round or I would be round.)

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I got a lot of great gifts as a kid. The ones that come to mind are my telescopes, GiJoe stuff, lego sets, and a Verti-Bird.

7. Did you have a Nativity scene? Yup. In fact, mom gave me the one we had as I was growing up.

8. Hardest person to buy for? Myself--I am too picky.

9. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Clothes.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. Email is cheating.

11. Favorite Christmas movie? A Christmas Carol (1984) , A Christmas Story (1983) , and Christmas Vacation (1989) .

12. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Sometime after Thanksgiving.

13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No.

14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Waldorf Salad.

15. Clear lights or colored lights on the tree? Colored.

16. Favorite Christmas song? Angels We Have Heard On High

17. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Are you kidding? It is a work day.

18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Lets see; Comet, Cupid, Agnew, Nixon. Nope, and I date myself.

19. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Muzaked Christmas music. (One Christmas I worked in a mall and almost went postal due to the mall music.)

22. Best thing about this time of year? Celebrating the proper Christmas Masses at the proper times with the proper readings.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Update on my friend Dave

Before going to Rome, I ask for your prayers for my friend Dave who was badly burned. Here is an update from his wife Stephanie:

Hi Everyone!

It had been 24 days since I'd heard David's voice and my heart is now flying! I was able to call the ICU desk at the German clinic and talk to David through the remote control thingy in his room.
I just want to sum up his progress:
* His skin grafts look VERY good
* Tomorrow they will remove his tracheotomy
* He signed his own release for tomorrow's surgery
* He's off anti-biotics
* Today he was able to get out of bed on his own, stand-up, turn and sit in a chair (the nurses said David is their FIRST patient ever to do this the first time by himself)
* They are leaving him to heal one more week on his own and then next week they'll reassess for more grafts
* They want him up and walking this week
* The doctor told David they've gone from talking about how many months until he can return to Denver to how many weeks
Here's another interesting fact: the last weekend we were there, one of the doctors was updating us on David and said we surely know the such-n-such burn index...he said that if a person's age (David's 41) added to the percentage of the body (60%) burned equals 100, there is only a 10% chance of survivability. He said there were other factors that adjusted the index, one of which was the patient's health. Another one of those miraculous dominoes that had been put into affect was that David had been kickboxing, lifting weights and doing yoga every day.
THANK YOU GOD!!!!! THANK YOU ALL!!!! Again, please don't stop praying now!

P.S. We cannot thank ALL OF YOU ENOUGH for your prayers! This is the best news that we have received in 3 1/2 weeks. He is obviously making great strides. He now knows the % of his burns.
He is determined to do something new every day. There have been soooo many big and little miracles! All of the involved families believe this to be true. We also know that prayers are coming from Northern Ireland, New Zealand, etc., etc. We have heard from so many that these e-mails pleading for prayers have been sent onto family members/friends who in turn forward them to others. It is truly through the grace of God hearing these prayers that he is alive for one of the miracles. Truly this is the VERY BEST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENTS! Blessings to all of you!
Appreciatively, Doug and Mary Terese (Dave's in-laws).


Some people may like modern 'art'. I am not one of them.
Anyway, I'm back from Rome and over jet-lag, so back to blogging.