23 February 2006

A Big Deal

Though I am not formally a member of the Diocese of Spokane, I have been residing in it for nearly four years, and will probably always have some attachment to what goes on here. So, for me, as for all the diocese, this is a big deal: the Missionaries of Charity have arrived in Spokane. Four sisters will take up residence in St. Patrick's parish. The welcome Mass, Eucharistic procession, and dinner will be tonight. Unfortunately, I'm unable to attend (fie on choir rehearsal!). Still, it should be something. The young pastor of St. Patrick's (an alumnus of Gonzaga and the NAC [2000]) has been working hard to bring the good sisters to the Northwest, and he's finally accomplished his goal. Apparently, there are no other Missionaries of Charity in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho.

Bishop Skylstad may not be the best bishop in the world (*grumbles* doesntallowindultMasses), but some good things are happening in Spokane.
Warning: blatant advertising

Do You Know Any Musically-Inclined High Schoolers?

If you do, and if they can muster up $450 and a way to get to Spokane this June, please tell them about Gonzaga Choir Camp 2006: the place where faith and music meet!

Those who attend the camp will:
Have the opportunity to learn and perform music from the Jesuit Missions in South America which is not often heard.

Sing concerts and Masses at Jesuit Missions in the Northwest: Cataldo Mission in Idaho, and St. Ignatius in Montana.

Sing at a Mass for the International SERRA Convention.

Meet and engage in fun activities with other students who share their interest in faith and music.

The camp will be on the campus of Gonzaga University, home of one of the best choral programs in the western US! It will be directed by Gonzaga's choir director, Dr. Edward Schaefer, who holds a DMA in Sacred Music from Catholic University of America, is a recognized authority on Gregorian Chant, and a Deacon of the Roman Catholic Church. The camp counselors will be drawn from Gonzaga's choral students (like Lizzy and me).

Come sing, pray, and have fun with us!

P.S. I promise that the weather at the end of June will be much better than the current 15-feels-like-negative-1 degrees.

(Blogger lost this post from last week, so I am re-posting it.)

09 February 2006


Inspired by Romy's "conversations," I offer you the following, from my religion class yesterday:

A sound like "reeeeeeeeahhhhhhooooo," very high-pitched, echoes down the hallway.

Students 1 and 2 exchange a puzzled look.

Student 1: The dolphins are loose again.

Student 2: It happens sometimes.

1: They just never stay where they're put, you know?

2: Well, it's all right as long as they don't start singing "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish." Because if they do, we're in trouble.

1: I haven't seen that movie in so long! (pause) Oh cr*p. Now I've got that song stuck in my head.

2: I could provide you with a more annoying one if you like.

1: Um, no thanks.

2: Cheers! (Raises a cup of tea in salute.)