March 25, 2011 – My Man Dolan

I’m posting my blog this week with the realization that my loyal following is busy this weekend with dinner/auction activities.  So instead of getting too deep into anything, it seems like a good time again to just throw out a few thoughts and see what sticks.  In other words, as these loyal readers have figured out over the years, Brian has nothing else to write about so he has to make it sound like he has all of these brilliant observations when he is really just winging it.  And as Brian would respond:  You paid how much to read this?  Anyway, moving on.

It seems like we say it every year, but this year definitely holds true – I have never seen such crazy weather.  In the 70’s and mild one minute, snowflakes and cold north wind the next.  One bright side to the weather is the amusement I get from the local early morning news shows.  “Oh no, snow in the forecast!  We’ll be on at 3:30AM  and we’ll be in STORM MODE!!!”  And of course all of the reporters are sent outside to freeze their rear ends off to show us that it is snowing.  Um, I can look out my window and see that.  It’s OK to go inside where it’s warm.  Even when the weather is nice, they send these people out to places where events happened the day before.  “A big verdict was handed down yesterday.  Let’s go live outside the courthouse!”  Um, it’s 5:30 in the morning.  No one is there!  Well, I guess that’s why I didn’t get into television.

Speaking of TV, if you didn’t see 60 minutes this past Sunday, you missed a great story on Archbishop Timothy Dolan.  Abp. Dolan, a native of St. Louis, is the Archbishop of New York, which is one of the most visible positions in the American Catholic Church.  He is also currently serving as President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, another very prominent and visible role.  Abp. Dolan is a guy who clearly loves his job and loves life in general.  In particular he loves to talk theology and loves good food and drink (I can’t imagine why I gravitate to him).  As far as church doctrine, though, he leans conservative, so don’t expect him to be campaigning for women priests or for an end to the celebacy requirement for clergy.  But he is a very eloquent spokesman for the church and gives the church a refreshing voice.  If you missed the interview, here is the link to see it online:

Also, 60 Minutes has a webcast called “60 Minutes Overtime”, where he further explains the church’s position on certain matters.  Here is the link to that:;housing

Finally, Abp. Dolan writes a blog in conjunction with the Archdiocese of New York (this guy has to be related to me somewhere along the line!).  It has a lot of interesting reads.  Here is your link to that:

As I have said before, I don’t necessarily agree with 100% of the church’s positions.  For example, I believe that there are some women who would make wonderful priests.  However, I also realize that these rules were not just picked out of thin air; that they are based on Jesus’ teachings and the long standing traditions of the church.  And it does not affect the basic foundation of my faith, which is my belief that there is one true God who sent His Son to live among us and to sacrifice His life for our sins, and that the Holy Spirit lives among us as His advocate.  If all people who claim themselves as Christians would base their faith on these principles, everything else would fall into place.  And if we have disagreements. we can discuss them, pray over them, and move forward.

Well despite the frightful weather outside, we know that summer is not far away, which generally is the time around ol’ St. Mary’s to play a little bit of catch-up on things – there are no religion classes and fewer meetings.  So one of the things on my summer agenda is to make a few tweaks to the website.  I plan to re-do a few pages, including the youth page.  I would like to “jazz” it up a little bit, perhaps putting some more links on it to things like Christian rock/pop music and other material of interest to teens.  And I would like to put a newsboard where we can recognize our high school school students when they receive publicity for their accomplishments.  I also continue to explore programs that would allow people to make contributions to the parish online.

Also, we briefly discussed at our Parish Council meeting the other night the possibility of gathering the e-mail addresses of folks who have internet access which would make church correspondence more practical and more cost-effective.  We could do things such as send letters, perhaps start a monthly newsletter, and do other things.  The addresses would of course be kept confidential.  Again, these are just preliminary ideas.  Some people count sheep to go to sleep at night, but I’m thinking about stuff like this.  As always, your ideas and comments are always welcome. 

Temptation of the week – Double Stuff Oreo Cakesters.  Alas, just a dream.

Last but certainly not least I want to thank the many, many people who have helped, contributed, attended, and gave of themselves in so many other ways to pull off another successful dinner/auction.  If you are reading this before the auction, enjoy the evening and know that your generosity and work will have a great payoff.  If you are reading this after the auction, I hope you had a great time and I hope your auction “hangover” wasn’t too bad.

Pray for better weather, especially by Thursday which is Opening Day for the Cardinals!  Come to think about it, pray for the Cardinals, too.  I have a feeling they are going to need some divine intervention.  Have a great week.  Peace.


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