While this was Valentine’s Day weekend, it really took a back seat to everything else that was going on. First of all, we had Little Red’s birthday party that we were planning with a Star Wars theme. We had pool noodle light sabers and lots of cake and kids smacking each other with pool noodles for about 2 hours. I’m betting that everyone slept well that night!
However, things were a little overshadowed as our Parish Priest passed away and the weekend also became filled with prayers and visitations which culminated in his funeral today. I don’t know if you have ever been to a funeral for a Priest, but I and Small Blonde attended one this morning. It was pretty amazing. Why Small Blonde? Well, he was fairly upset to hear of Father’s passing and he attends parochial school where Father also made appearances. We made a dessert for the luncheon (for which they were expecting 250 if that gives you any indication on how big this ended up being) and headed to the church so we could be sure to get a seat. As Small Blonde and I paid respects and found a seat and chatted a bit, the church began to fill. We watched the Knights of Columbus (in total 16) come in wearing their full regalia complete with swords, but I was unprepared for the numbers of Priests that were there to assist in the officiating. I stopped counting at 30. Yes, 30+ Priests, a Monseigneur, numerous Deacons and a Bishop to officiate the mass sending one of their brethren home.
With so many surrounding the Altar, you would think there would be plenty of rooms in the pews, right? Except there was standing room only with as many squeezed into a pew as could fit and still they came to honor Father. I think he would have been proud of the job that was done today. It was held in one of the 2 churches he ministered in, and while it was not our home church the African choir that sometimes sings at our masses was present and sang after Communion. Honestly it made me smile to hear them. I don’t think I have seen anything quite like it and I’m sure the enormity of what we witnessed this morning was lost on Small Blonde, but that’s okay. I’m just happy that he was able to hold his good behavior together through the whole thing.
As far as I’m concerned, well, I find comfort and power in the ritual of our mass to the point where sometimes (like today) the power of it is a bit overwhelming (and maybe Hattie feels the same?). The enormity of today was not lost on me.
<whew> To end on a lighter note, Little Red was super excited for his birthday party (he asked Santa for one for Christmas) and he has been singing Happy Birthday to himself for a week. So, here are the cakes I made for this party.
And also the light sabers.
I have to admit I did not get any further along in my UFO’s and have not yet started my paper pieced star. I’m hoping for a stellar week this week where I can get lots more done…we shall see what tomorrow brings.
And please, hold each other a little tighter tonight….