The Eighth Way

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Month: April, 2012


I have a bit of advice for everyone.

If you need to schedule anything in conjunction with the Church please, please, speak to your parish first. This is especially true when you’re planning a wedding or a baptism. You may find out that the Church has some requirements that you must meet prior to scheduling the event.

It is not uncommon to find an angry bride when she discovers that there’s a six month period of preparation required by the Church in most Diocese prior to getting married. It isn’t fun telling the couple that they will need to move the date even though the announcements have already been mailed out. It is also difficult on everyone when the person responsible for preparing the family and proposed godparents for a baptism has to tell them that one or both proposed godparents aren’t qualified. It is always an a awkward conversation when you have to inform your sister that she can’t be a godparent because she is in an irregular marriage after you have already asked her.

The rites of the Church are not ceremonies that we should enter into without consideration. They effect us in a substantial way. They are the most significant moments in our life. Yet, we treat them as mere accessories – nice but not essential. They become occasions of friend and family networking instead of encounters with the living God. We must need have a greater sense of care when it comes to our liturgical life, our sacramental life. So please, when you make a todo list for these sort of events place “contacting the parish” at the top of the list. Everyone will thank you for it. If they don’t, they should.

How This Will Work

So, I’ve been wondering exactly how I’m going to organize this blog. I was speaking to one of the students here at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Newman Center and it was suggested that I answer questions. I think that’s a good idea. I’m setting up a public email address for this purpose. I hope this will be a good way to keep me honest. I’m telling you, I’m really bad at keeping up a blog. I’ll need your help to make this successful. If I don’t post something for a while somebody please say something on my Facebook page. It’ll be very helpful. One thing I must remember is that for this venture to be successful I need to write about things that interest me. If I attempt to please everybody, I’m sure I’ll please nobody. I’ll answer questions; but, I’ll need a lot of original content.

It’s going to take about a week to set up the email address. I had to delete one of my aliases from my iCloud account to create one specifically for this blog. I don’t know why, but once you delete an alias it’s seven days before you can create a new alias. I’m not complaining. iCloud is a lot better than MobileMe. (Warning: I’m a Mac dork. As a result you’ll likely get some Apple stuff from time to time.) But, once the email address is ready I think it’ll be a great opportunity for everybody. And no, I will not just take out a Gmail account. I’m in the process of divorcing Google. In the meantime, stay tuned, I’ll make sure to not let the electronic wells run dry.

Those of you that are following this blog on Facebook let me know what you think. I’ll be interested to read your thoughts.


Welcome to my new blog. I see a blog as a place where people can express deeper thoughts than other forms of social media. Because of this I will not be accepting comments on my blog posts. However, I do want to create a space for conversation. To help with these conversations I have linked this blog to my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. I hope to hear from you in those locations.