A Blessed Day

Today was a good day. It also happens to be the 9th anniversary of my child’s birth (stillbirth). I managed to only cry twice today and prayed in a special way for my baby.

I started my day by going to see Divergent at the movie theater at 10:50 am. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a movie on the big screen. No one was able to go with me that early in the morning (and I didn’t want to pay more $$$ for a later time). They changed it a little from the book, but it was still a very good movie and I still identified strongly with the character of Tris. Formation is pretty powerful stuff, and her training for Dauntless reminded me quite a bit of my formation in Navy boot camp.

After the movie, I made a quick lunch and called a friend I hadn’t spoken to in a while. We said we’d try to get together tomorrow.

Next up, late lunch/early dinner in Mexicantown! I picked up April, her sister Mary, and her friend Michelle, and we met up with Joe and Katie at Xochimilco. Food was delicious and we had a great time learning about each other’s professions, wedding details, and current events.

Katie and Joe at Xochimilco
Katie and Joe

Mary, April and Michelle at Xochimilco
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In the only picture of me, I had my eyes closed, so I’ll leave that one out. 🙂

With full tummies, we headed to Sacred Heart Major Seminary to see a play — 1776 — put on by the seminarians, including Gabby’s godfather, Jim.

1776 Play
Jim played Caesar Rodney (Delaware)

We arrived early — so as to get good seats — and spent our pre-play time taking a tour of SHMS. Highlights were definitely the chapel and the tabernacle. We stopped and prayed for a bit. It was lovely. So calm and peaceful, praying before Jesus.

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The beautiful tabernacle at Sacred Heart

SHMS Chapel from the Choir Loft
The chapel, as seen from the choir loft

I got to see a lot of my friends, both seminarians and others attending the play. It was nice to see everyone, albeit quickly and get some hugs in.

We ended our lovely day with a trip to Sonic for ice cream! Perfect ending! 🙂

Joe and the Coat

By Divine Providence, I was reminded of the annual play, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, taking place at Sacred Heart Major Seminary on the last day it was to be shown, and in time for me to actually catch it!

I called up April, and luckily she was able to come with me. It was a great production! And, we must have gotten the best night, since Archbishop Vigneron was also in attendance! 🙂

We got there in plenty of time, so I gave April an unofficial tour of the Seminary. We found all kinds of cool places there, which I will not recount here since we probably shouldn’t have been in some of them! 🙂

In the chapel, April took the opportunity to see what it felt like to sit on the presider’s chair:
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Tell me that it’s not fun up there!

I didn’t take pictures during the play, since I was too busy enjoying it! It was wonderful and a lot of fun!
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After the play, we went to Coldstone and got some Amazing Technicolor Dream Cream!
I picked cotton candy ice cream with raspberry sorbet, rainbow sprinkles and white chocolate chips:
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Just look at these happy faces!
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Preists vs. Seminarians Basketball Game 2011

Due to the timing of the game, the crowd was a little less than it had been in previous years, but we still had a fun time watching the Priests play the Seminarians in the annual Sr. Mary Finn Classic. 🙂

I arrived early wearing my inflammatory T-shirt. (“Sacerdotes delent! Scholares modo velint!” which translated is supposed to mean something like, “Priests dominate! Seminarians [students] only hope to!”)

The Priests:
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The Seminarians:
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Opening Tip-off:
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Player #24 is our very own Fr. Mark Prill:
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He did a great job of controlling the center court and observing some of the unorthodox soccer moves which were being displayed. 😛

There were many, many fouls called…particularly on the Priests…so we got to see a lot of photos like this:
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Some photos of athleticism in action:
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At halftime, the evening’s emcee, seminarian Jim Houbeck, spent some time razzing Fr. Mark and even interviewed his parents! 🙂

At which point, Fr. Mark stole the mike and said some words of self defense:
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Next, came the tricksy part of the evening. Due to a … scoring deficiency … despite creative scorekeeping efforts … the priests decided to call some seminarians to defect to their side. The new team, with the addition of the 2 deacons, was renamed the Clerics. Here’s the photo evidence of one of the defectors;
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At one point, we even tied the game!
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The question arose whether it was licit for the Priests to steal team members from the other side.
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Dr. Peters ruled in favor of the Priests. 🙂

Final score:
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Final prayer:
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After the game, Fr. Mark had me lead people up to the bar since “I knew the way.” Well, I found my way into the occupied locker room! I knew one of the doors lead to a stairway…I just picked the wrong one! We did eventually find our way up there.

Shortly thereafter, Jim gave us a tour of the seminary.

Sanctuary:
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St. Thérèse of Lisieux:
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Along the way, Jim quizzed us. If we got a question wrong, we owed him 3 Hail Marys. I was not allowed to participate, since I go to school at the Seminary.

We made it back to the bar and hung out for a bit.
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The anticipated pizza never arrived, so we concluded the evening by heading out to the Green Lantern for our evening meal.

And much fun was had by all.
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The End. 🙂