November 4, 2011 – More Randomness

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of my “random” blogs where I just touch on a few different subjects and observations.  Today feels like a good day for it.  This has been a week of mostly highs but at least one low for St. Louis sports fans.  I had not had a greater high for a while than I did this past Monday.  I was still giddy from the Cardinals’ World Series win, then the Rams came out of nowhere and beat one of the better teams in the league.  And to top it off, Tony LaRussa, whom I have given my fair share of criticism to over the years, decided to step down as the Cardinals’ manager.  I must say that I do not consider him a bad manager.  His teams played hard and were well-prepared.  But there were many moves made during games that left people scratching their heads, and on top of that I was turned off by his general attitude.  He gave the perception that he knew more than anyone else, and that no one should even think about questioning him.  He would bite reporters’ heads off for asking simple questions.  However, over the last couple of months you could see a change in his demeanor.  He seemed to be enjoying himself more and was actually showing a humorous side when interviewed.  I think he decided to savor the moments after he decided to step down, and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the team played much better after his overall attitude changed.

Anyway, this past week I was living the dream.  Then today I learned of the death of Bob Forsch, who pitched for the Cardinals from 1974-1988.  He was one of the players I really admired growing up.  He did not have the most natural athletic talent, but he worked hard and ended up with the 3rd most wins for a Cardinal pitcher.  He had a 20-win season and pitched 2 no-hitters.  He was a key part of the 3 World Series teams in the 1980’s.  But what I admired the most was what a good person he was, and how devoted he was to family.  When his playing days were over, many thought he would be a good coach, but he stayed at home until his family was grown up.  He would get up early in the morning, even after a late night game, so he could have breakfast with his kids and take them to school.  Here is a link to the news story:

www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/cardinal-beat/cardinals-pitcher-forsch-dies-at-age/article_bdfb18cc-06f5-11e1-a7f4-001a4bcf6878.html

Switching gears, one of the next tasks for my Confirmation class is to start researching saints for their Confirmation name.  Many students will probably choose a saint that we are familiar with – John the Baptist, Mary, Rose of Lima, Francis of Assisi, etc.  However, there are hundreds of thousands of saints, all with inspiring stories.  Did you know that Pope Benedict canonized 3 saints two weeks ago?  You can go to the Vatican website, www.va.com, to learn more about all of these saints.  Here also is a link to an article about the 3 recent canonizations:

www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-benedict-canonizes-three-new-saints/

OK, time to get a little more light-hearted.  One of the issues that has gotten a lot of publicity inCcatholic circles this year has been the sanctity of marriage.  With the state of New York passing a gay marriage law, and with the Obama administration refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which is a federal law that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman, the heavy hitters of the church have been lobbying to lawmakers that marriage is something that cannot be “re-defined”, that marriage is a loving bond between a man and woman witnessed by God.  These two stories I found this past week place more credence to that argument.  First, I thought I was a technology nut, but I don’t feel so bad now that I read an article about a bride-to-be who was walking down the aisle to get married.  Talk about a major faux pas, first of all she had her cell phone with her in her wedding dress.  Secondly, she had her phone turned on.  Finally, she received a text as she was coming down the aisle AND ANSWERED THE TEXT!  Let’s see how long this marriage lasts, eh?  Here’s a link to the story:

www.kmov.com/entertainment/Bride-caught-texting-while-walking-down-the-aisle-133143393.html

And here is a case of why it is best to have a wedding in a church.  This couple was having an outdoor wedding in Arizona.  Sounds beautiful, but is was around the time of the dust storms, and, well, watch the video below and you’ll see what happened:

 

Just wanted to quickly update you on a couple of things.  First of all, we are in the process of wrapping up the first stage of the Parish Restructuring and Renewal process.  We have gathered about 80 evaluations all together which will be sent to the diocese along with a written summary.  We are also planning to meet with our cluster parishes, and the school staff and school board have begun work on the school portion of the report.  Again, we will not have these results right away.  There will be a time of discernment by the diocese which will go well into next year, if not the year after.  We will share with you our final results when they are completed, but for the most part people feel good about what is going on in our parish.

Also, in the near future we will be sharing information about the “Fanning the Flame” program which we will be participating in next year as part of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese.  The program is based on the United States catholic Catechism for Adults.  You can participate n this in several ways.  There will be reflections in the bulletin and in the Messenger.  There will be material online, including videos for each chapter of the catechism.  We are also encouraged to form study groups to discuss the material in the catechism.  There will be a group that will meet on Tuesday evenings at the parish house starting in January, or you can certainly form your own group among your friends and neighbors.  However you participate, you are encouraged to obtain a copy of the Catholic Catechism for Adults.  If we order them as a church congregation, we can get them for a discount.  The price will probably be about $15.00, which is a large discount over the regular price.  We will be letting you know how you can reserve your copy in the next week or two.

OK, I think I covered everything for now.  Have a great week.  Peace.

 

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