Thursday, December 27, 2012

O Holy Night: A Christmas Concert!



Several months ago, I asked Fr. Geyman and Fr. Peter Wigton about doing a A Christmas Concert, and it finally came together when the Knights of Columbus from Sacred Heart-Elk Rapids asked if I would do a concert to end their day of Christmastide Prayer and Celebration (8:30 am Mass; Church open for private prayer; 3:30 pm Holy Hour with Exposition and Benediction). I was thrilled to do this and when I asked them about a free will offering for young adults attending World Youth Day in Brazil, they were more than happy to do so. And then when Marti Krusel said she would love to play in Petoskey . . . a second concert emerged.   

These Christmas Concerts are designed to include classic Christmastide music that reflect both the Nativity of Our Lord, as well as, meditating upon His Sacred Passion, the Crucifixion. The Lord came to earth to die and to save us all from eternal damnation. It is something we tend to forget about this time of year with all the fixings that trap us that "God so loved the world, that He gave us His only Son." Hopefully these concerts will draw all who attended closer to Christ through the beauty that is music.

Concerts are:
Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM 
Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Elk Rapids, MI 
and 
Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM 
St. Francis Xavier Church - Petoskey, MI

Cost: Free will offering to benefit young adult attending World Youth Day, 2013 in Brazil.


Monday, December 17, 2012

I'd like to share the Holy Father's words he addressed in English to the world at Sunday's Angelus address:


I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors present at today’s Angelus. I was deeply saddened by Friday’s senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut. I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer. May the God of consolation touch their hearts and ease their pain. During this Advent Season, let us dedicate ourselves more fervently to prayer and to acts of peace. Upon those affected by this tragedy, and upon each of you, I invoke God’s abundant blessings!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

THANKSGIVING IN ROME








THE TURKEY TROT:
The seminarians here at the North American College brought Thanksgiving to Rome on Thursday with turkey, football and pie.  The day started early in the morning with the third annual road race called the Turkey Trot.  It is run around an entire country, Vatican City, and it was won for the second year in a row by Gaylord's own, Tyler Bischoff.  Congratulations Tyler!



THE SPAGHETTI BOWL:


After some breakfast and relaxation it was time to take to the field.  The new men vs. the old men.  The old men have not lost the spaghetti bowl for many years and again they took it to us new men.  But when all was said and done everyone had a great time and agreed that the game was a great way to come together as brothers and grow in support of each other; plus how can you have thanksgiving without football.  As you can see in the picture to the left, the old men have us pinned pretty deep on this particular play.  I think we stopped them so I got pumped up.  Ok, I have to tell the truth, they scored. 


 THANKSGIVING DINNER:
That evening everyone gathered for Holy Mass followed by Thanksgiving dinner.  All the seminarians from each diocese in Michigan sat together along with those from Minnesota.  On the menu was pumpkin ravioli, turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, and even pumpkin pie.  It was a great day and really helped the seminarians here in Rome to feel a little closer to each of you back home.  Happy Thanksgiving to you all and have a blessed feast of Christ the King.  




Friday, November 16, 2012

In Memory Of...

Thought I'd share a few pictures I took at Mass the other day. Msgr. Gallagher, a priest of our diocese who works at the Vatican, celebrated Mass for us at the 'Altar of the Tomb' in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica. Msgr. Gallagher offered the Holy Mass in memory of Bishop Cooney. It was November 15th, one month after Bishop Cooney's passing. I learned this summer in my time at the Italian parish about this beautiful custom in Italy of offering a memorial Mass for the recently departed on the one month anniversary. They sort of celebrate the 'trigesima' Mass as a second funeral. It is an opportunity for everyone to renew their prayers for the recently deceased. 

The Mass was concelebrated by Msgr. Jerry Vinke, a spiritual director at the NAC and a priest of the Diocese of Lansing, and a student priest, Fr. Brandon Bernhard from the Diocese of Tyler, Texas. Deacon Matthew Furgiuele served as the deacon for the Mass. Matthew Cowan served as an acolyte and I lectored. Seminarians from Michigan and a visiting family friends of Msgr. Vinke joined in participating in the Mass. 

Msgr. Gallagher offered a few reflections on the life of Bishop Cooney during the homily. Here are few quotes I remembered from the homily:

"How beautiful it is that today we have the opportunity to celebrate this holy Mass in rememberance of the life and service of  Bishop Cooney, a successor of the Apostles, here at the tomb of Blessed Peter, the prince of the Apostles."

"Bishop Cooney witnessed to us during these past few years an important lesson about the Kingdom of God; that is that in as much as the Kingdom of God is realized here on earth, how much more ought we earn for the Kingdom of God in heaven. This life isn't the last word. Bishop Cooney knew this in faith and showed us this by his life." 
It was a really beautiful Mass. Dcn. Matthew, Matt, Chris and I are fortunate to have Msgr. Gallagher here with us. It was tough not being able to be in Gaylord for the funeral and everything. But this Mass really helped us to be united with you all back home in praying for Bishop Cooney and giving God thanks for his life and ministry which has touched us all in some way. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mary holding the Infant Jesus in the woods

I just went for a hike in the woods of the Josephinum behind Lake George and I looked up and there was the Blessed Mother holding the Infant Jesus. I have been looking for a place to have a statue of the Blessed Mother in the woods because it is so peaceful and right behind me is a creek so it is perfect.
This is not actually a statue but a tree that fell down but it is still nice to look up and see the Blessed Mother holding Jesus. Also I did see a 8 point buck and a 4 point buck  :-) Have a good day and let us pray that the Blessed Mother will help Americans become aware of human life from conception to natural death and that she will protect this great country from all who hate us as she did so well with the Infant Jesus.  

  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!


Know that all of you back home are very much in the prayers of the seminarians.  May the Blessed Mother cover the United States with her mantle this day of the general election.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, pray for us. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Night Fever

Come let us adore Him...

This past summer I was introduced to 'Night Fever'. It is an evening of adoration, music, candles and prayer before Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The key aspect of 'Night Fever' is the presence of many young people in the streets near the church inviting anyone passing by into the church for a moment of silence. The idea comes from World Youth Day in Cologne and has been spreading throughout the major European cities. I first participated in 'Night Fever' in London this past summer.

I found out that the young German pilgrims in Rome for the canonizations would be hosting 'Night Fever' in the German church (Santa Maria dell'anima) near Piazza Navona. I couldn't help but walk down there to check it out. 'Night Fever' in London had left such a powerful impression on me so I couldn't wait to have the chance to participate in it again. I even got to spend some time outside the church helping some of the young people invite people into the church.

Reflecting on experiences like this, when people are brought to encounter in a most real way the living presence of Jesus Christ, I thought how appropriate it is that this took place while the Synod Fathers are meeting in Rome to discuss the new evangelization. It seems to me something so simple but innovative like 'Night Fever' is an important expression of the new evangelization.

Monday, October 15, 2012

"O Holy Spirit, renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new
Pentecost."
 Pope John XXIII
Looking back in St. Peter's Square
This past week has been quite memorable. Between the Mass for the beginning of the Year of Faith, the Synod of Bishops happening down the street, the beginning of the new academic year at the Angelicum, and the 50th anniversary of the commencement of the II Vatican Council, there is not little to be reflected upon.

I too, like Chris, was at the opening Mass for the Year of Faith. Before the Mass began I set myself to the task of reading Bl. Pope John XXIII opening address that he gave in that very basilica all of 50 years ago. I'm no expert in Church history or in the II Vatican council, but it doesn't take much to know that this ecumenical council of over 3,000 successors of the apostles 50 years ago has effected almost every aspect of my experience of being a Catholic Christian. I've always known it was important, but the why and the how are just beginning to dawn on me. In the midst of the gathering of a visible sign of the whole universal church my heart turned to our particular church, the Diocese of Gaylord. In a real way, I sensed the communion of the Body of Christ united by the Holy Spirit. I prayed for you all there, in St. Peter's square. I wish I could express this better, but in a real way I knew that all the people of God of our particular church, the Diocese of Gaylord, were united together in prayer, in the Holy Mass. Know that whenever I have the opportunity to attend a Papal Mass I do with the intention of representing you all and carrying with me your intentions.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

THE YEAR OF FAITH

I didn't take this picture, it is from the Vatican News website.  But I could have it I had my camera with me.  
Today the Holy Father opened the year of Faith with Mass in St. Peters square.  Some of us were blessed to be in attendance for this beautiful celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  I was especially struck at the many different cultures that came together for the Mass.  It is a reality at most Papal events, but today for some reason the Lord showed me how great of a gift it is to have faith in Jesus Christ and to share it with so many people all over the world.  There are some videos, pictures and articles in the following paragraphs.  The Holy Father has called us to commit to growing in our faith this year, therefore we should attempt to make an extra effort to do so.  There are many ways to do so.  By clicking the following link you can receive a daily email of the Catechism of the Catholic Church reading the entire thing in one year. http://www.flocknote.com/catechism
Another way to follow up on the Holy Fathers challenge would be to get closer to him and what he is saying.  Read an encyclical, ready his homilies, read his angelus address each day.  This can all be found on the Vatican website.  http://www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm

Here are some excerpts from his homily at today's Mass:

"The Second Vatican Council did not formulate anything new in matters of faith, nor did it wish to replace what was ancient. Rather, it concerned itself with seeing that the same faith might continue to be lived in the present day, that it might remain a living faith in a world of change. ... The Council Fathers wished to present the faith in a meaningful way; and if they opened themselves trustingly to dialogue with the modern world it is because they were certain of their faith, of the solid rock on which they stood. In the years following, however, many embraced uncritically the dominant mentality, placing in doubt the very foundations of the deposit of faith, which they sadly no longer felt able to accept as truths.
"If today the Church proposes a new Year of Faith and a new evangelisation, it is not to honour an anniversary, but because there is more need of it, even more than there was fifty years ago!

"The journey is a metaphor for life, and the wise wayfarer is one who has learned the art of living, and can share it with his brethren - as happens to pilgrims along the Way of St. James or similar routes which, not by chance, have again become popular in recent years. How come so many people today feel the need to make these journeys? Is it not because they find there, or at least intuit, the meaning of our existence in the world? This, then, is how we can picture the Year of Faith: a pilgrimage in the deserts of today’s world, taking with us only what is necessary: ... the Gospel and the faith of the Church, of which the Second Vatican Council documents are a luminous expression, as is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, published twenty years ago.
"Venerable and dear brothers, 11 October 1962 was the Feast of Mary Most Holy, Mother of God. Let us entrust to her the Year of Faith, as I did last week when I went on pilgrimage to Loreto. May the Virgin Mary always shine out as a star along the way of the new evangelisation".

This and some other things can be received daily from the free Vatican news service.  Check out a lot more on the Year of Faith including videos and other news at: http://www.news.va/en
If you scroll down to the bottom and click on Vatican Information Service you can sign up for the free email.  

Together with you all in prayer,
Seminarian, Christopher Jarvis



Monday, October 8, 2012

L'Arbe Croche: Sending Over Eight Pounds of Love

After returning back from my alma mater, Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, for the 2012 Homecoming Festivities . . . GO SAINTS! I found a package, don't worry it was address to me, weighing 8 pounds and 7.4 ounces from my beloved community of L'Arbe Croche.

As many of you know I spent an amazing eight delightful weeks with the L'Arbe Croche community under the direction of their fearless, extremely prayerful and humorous leader, Fr. Joe Graff. They all found out very quickly that I had a sweet tooth for anything chocolate and pie, pie and did I mention pie!?!?!

So, like anyone who has ever found a package in the mailroom with your name inscribed upon it . . . well, it's as though you as six years old on Christmas Morning all over again and you cannot wait to rip the box apart to find out what's inside! And to my delight, there was 8 pounds and 7.4 ounces of Candy. They know me too well. My dietitian wasn't thrilled, but a little candy never hurt anyone! L'Arbe Croche, you all are awesome! I love ya and cannot wait to visit sometime in the future! Peace and Prayers!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Making Doctors:

I apologize for this being my first post, but I hope that you will find it useful.

Today Pope Benedict opened the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, and he also proclaimed two new Doctors of the Church.  This is a very historic moment, since there are only 35 of them, including these two.

Having recently been ordained a Deacon, I was blessed to be able to distribute Holy Communion at this Mass.  We Priests and Deacons were given seats in the Sanctuary of St. Peter's Square, right behind the Cardinals and Bishops.  We were about 20 feet from the Pope's Chair, and 50 feet from the altar.  We stood perhaps 20 feet from the altar holding ciboria full of hosts during the Eucharistic Prayer.  What a remarkable experience to have so soon after my ordination.  I was amazed at how easily my focus turned from being so close to the Pope to holding Jesus in my hand as soon as he pronounced the words of consecration.  How humbling it was to then be sent out into the square to give Jesus to the pilgrims who were there!

This October is an amazing month to be in Rome.  On Thursday we have the 50th anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council, then we have the Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha. Marianne Cope and five others on Sunday the 21st, and, on Sunday the 28th, there is the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops.

I did not have my camera, since they would not allow it, but I did take two photos with my cell phone (during the Angelus after Mass), so that you can have a sense of how close I was able to be to the Holy Father.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Feast of St. Francis

This Feast Day is so big at the Josephinum that even St. Thomas himself is a Franciscan for the day.


 Just look how happy St. Thomas looks, this is priceless :-)



 The picture below is from outside my room which is getting ready for All Souls Day :-)

Pontifical Olympics 2012

Here are some sweet pictures that I took at our Annual Pontifical Olympics for the Theology. I am sorry to say that I did not take part in the games for I had a cold and being that Prudent is my middle name I found a sub but Ben and myself did wear some cool Pontifical Ninja outfits but I failed to find the pictures :-) Like the great St. Paul says, "Run the race and play crazy games but most of all look sweet doing it."Amen St. Paul. Please know that Deacon Bryan did a great job as the host, as he would say he "Praised the Lord" with his gift of speaking and Chris did a great job bowling as you will see below.  Also I would like to thank Chris Jarvis for letting me borrow his ninja outfit and for Ben making those sweet Ninja outfits last year. It was a great night for the seminarians to get together as the Apostles and the Desert Fathers did so many moons ago. Enjoy,  














 Yes, He shot a fire burning arrow into a huge pile of boxes with a few drops of lighter fluid. And he did it on his first try.


Friday, September 28, 2012

San Pio da Pietrelcina 2012

Made strong by the power of the Holy Spirit . . .
"It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me" Gal 2:20)

On September 23, 1968 in the small and obscure village of S. Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy died a saint. He was known simply has Padre Pio. He lived his life as a humble servant and disciple of Jesus Christ in the footsteps of St. Francis as a simple Capuchin priest and brother. Now 44 years later in that same town, in the piazza near the same church that he had ministered in for so many years, thousands of pilgrims gathered to pray for the intercession of this saint who now is in heaven interceding for his spiritual children. I had the great grace of being among the pilgrims gathered in prayerful vigil the night before the feast day. 


I had been in S.Giovanni Rotondo this summer living with a host family and working at one of the local parishes. I have to admit I was really looking forward to returning there for the weekend. I've grown close to my host family, and I missed the small town 'feel' so to speak. I brought along two of my classmates. The weekend was more than I had hoped. I enjoyed catching up with 'Mamma' and 'Babbo' and Maurilio, my host brother. It was a real treat to go back to the parish for Mass, Rosary, and evening prayer. Maurilio and I drove the two other seminarians around the area and showed them some of the more important sites including Monte San'Angelo, the site of an 5th century apparition of St. Michael the Archangel. 

The real highlight of the trip was the evening prayer vigil on Saturday night. People began arriving in the afternoon to save seats. The vigil began at 7pm with evening prayer, followed by Eucharistic Adoration for vocations, an international Rosary, conferral of the Sacrament of Confirmation, and at midnight the celebration of Holy Mass for the solemnity of San Pio da Pietrelcina. (Of course the rest of the world celebrated the 25th Sunday in Ordinary time) The Rosary was a prayer dear to the heart of Padre Pio. He always exhorted his spiritual children to pray the Rosary every day. That evening before the Rosary, I was behind the outdoor sanctuary trying to find out where we'd have to go later to vest to serve Mass, when quite randomly someone asked me if I spoke English. I replied in the affirmative. He took my arm and told me quickly (in Italian) that I'd be leading 10 Hail Mary's in English for the Rosary, which was beginning in two minutes. I don't normally get nervous for things such as this, but there was a large crowd, and I felt as though I couldn't remember the words. I was comforted by the fact that hardly anyone in the crowd would know if I made a mistake anyways. It was a really moving experience for me to pray with everyone there in a visible way. During the Rosary I thought of everyone back home, and I included you all in my prayer. The climax of the night was the midnight Mass celebrated by the superior general of the Capuchin order. His homily highlighted the beautiful mystery that Padre Pio, who though we call 'Padre' (Father) never was a pastor of a parish or a bishop, continues in a real way with his prayers from heaven to lead and guide his spiritual children towards Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. This highlighted the real humility of Padre Pio, who always submitted to obedience to Christ by obedience to the Church.

A special aspect of all this for me is that Padre Pio's feast day coincides with my birthday, 23rd of September. How cool is it to be able to participate in the Holy Mass at midnight on one's birthday? What a beautiful gift! The next morning, having arrived back home after 3am, we slept in just a bit. The older sister had all of us over at her and her husband's house for lunch. And in typical Italian style the food was incredible. She even made a cheesecake! The family even sang 'Tanti auguri a te' (Happy Birthday). I was able to connect by phone with my family later that day (once the sun rose in Michigan). 

All these events caused me to reflect a bit over these past few days on sanctity. Here this man, this priest, who lived, worked and died in a town not too much bigger than Gaylord is a saint. He is in heaven. We're all called to holiness of life. I've known that I guess from theology, but it was never more than an 'idea'. The great thing that the canonized saints teach us is that sanctity, real holiness of life and discipleship in our Lord Jesus is impossible. We don't earn holiness. We can't do it on our own. But with humility and the gifts of faith, hope and love, we make room and totally empty ourselves so that the Grace of the Cross of Jesus Christ can come into our lives to sanctify us and make us holy. So what is impossible for us is made possible by God.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Raining Sheep and Wolves O My!

You must Google "nature sounds" and click on "Free Nature Sounds Mixer"

I am loving this because I can listen to rain on the roof with grasshoppers, sheep and wolves in the background while I type my profound philosophy papers. And on top of that one could even listen to Darth Vader and cats purring in the background so it really fits any mood your in. I personally like the rain on the roof with the thunder turned all the way up.


Well have a good day and may the Holy Spirit be with you.




Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Heralds of the Gospel

Jesus said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature." (Mk 16:15)

Second year of theology has begun, and we've hit the ground running. We began the year by setting a week aside for prayer and silent meditation. Then this week we've begun an in depth workshop on preaching.

I've known for awhile that this workshop was coming up, that in September we'd actually begin preparing and practicing homilies. But it didn't dawn on me until this week what exactly that meant. Preaching is something that I knew was important but that seemed far in the future. This week that future has become reality. Even though I won't actually be preaching in Mass for another two years, it is really awesome and a bit frightening to begin the preparation. The workshop's format has been really helpful. We meet for four hours in the morning to learn the practical mechanics of preaching, and then each afternoon we break into groups of four to practice with a priest moderator in the afternoons. For now we're practicing preparing and preaching homilies for daily Mass (2-4 minutes). I've been surprised by how much time it has been taking me to prepare something to say. Though it is comforting knowing that we'll all get better (and more efficient) through practice. 

Keep all of us second year men in your prayers as we spend the rest of this week (and a large chunk of the rest of this year) practicing preaching.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Our Lady of Sorrows

The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows holds a deep connection with me; it is the paternal feast day for my alma mater, Notre Dame. And, it was while I was studying there that I began pondering the idea of priesthood. Simeon said to Mary, "He has been established as a sign which will be contradicted . . . and your own heart will be pierced by the sword." She witnessed the greatest martyrdom, the crucifixion of her Divine Son and most of us can hardly fathom what that must have been like.
A mothers love is unlike any other love - and it can be difficult to explain - when she saw a spear pierce her sons lifeless side, how could her heart not be pierced too. The intensity of her love, like many mothers, is beyond measure.

Today, I think of my own grandmother, Jane, for today is her 87th birthday. My grandmother has lived, as she says, "a hard but rewarding life." Her motherhood is something that I cannot explain for she just is a loving example that even in our darkest hours, we all must turn to the Lord for his help and protection. About fifteen years ago her son, my uncle died of cancer.  The whole extended family watched as a woman saw her son die before her very eyes and there was nothing she could do to help him. I know she pardon with God asking to spare his and take hers, because what mother wants to watch her own child be buried before her-own. A few years later, again, the family mourned for the sudden loss of my cousin, and I remember my grandmother going up to the casket with tears streaming down her face, grabbing his lifeless hand and saying, "I will always love you." All of this is counter to what we expect in our own life, the parent is suppose to pass-away before the child. I asked my Grandmother one time, "what has gotten you through your struggles" and she recited the quote that we, as seminarians love reading, from the Gospel of John, "Woman, behold, your Son!" and to the disciple whom he loved, "Behold, your Mother!" And she reflected on what Mary went through at the foot of the cross and that her sorrow must be greater than her-own.

Many times, I feel as though I fail the Blessed Mother, each time I sin its as though I am taking that spear and twisting her heart and then I weep; for what son, what child wants to disappoint their mother. Above all she is our greatest advocate and our greatest intercessor in heaven, thus we should always flee to her aid and beg her to pray for all of her children here on earth. And How amazing that Gospel passage from John . . . at that very moment of the Blessed Mother's extreme sorrow, we have been given great joy by the gift from Christ, the gift of his own mother, who is our mother. As the antiphon for the canticle at evening prayer states, "Rejoice, O sorrowful Mother; after your great sufferings, you shine forth as Queen, enthroned beside your Son."
Our Lady of Sorrows, Pray for us!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Cincinnati retreat

Yesterday some of the seminarians had a retreat at Cincinnati's Seminary called "Conformity to Christ in Priestly Life." Archbishop Di Noia presented two amazing talks and it also gave us the opportunity to talk with other seminarians from other seminaries ( Josephinum is still the best ) and hear vocations stories and what sports are more popular at what seminary and bragging about our new bowling ally. Only the most important issues.

For people reading this who have not been on a retreat, I must explain that it is a great time to just hit the PAUSE button on the VCR of life. For me a retreat like this one is like a vacation and but I must admit the silent retreats take me a couple days to get in the zone. This retreat really helped remind all of the seminarians of what a Catholic priest is and what is expected of him at the parish, like being there to give the Sacraments 24/7 and to not be like an office worker that works from 9-5.

To conclude I strongly recommend going to a retreat because even though it is nice to soak up some rays on a beach in Florida, I personally would rather soak up some rays on a kneeler in Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament but that's just me....... no pressure.        







Monday, September 10, 2012

Croquet Night!

Dcn. Bryan, George, the chef: Ben, Chris, Peter, Brad, and Sean Farkas.
Prayer; Dinner; Croquet; Brotherhood! What could get any better than this? The Answer: beating the majority of your brothers at croquet!  However, I lost . . . I lost to the holy deacon, Deacon Bryan. This year we, the brothers at the PCJ, decided that we were going to rotate who would plan a bi-weekly event and Ben stepped up to the wicket and nailed a complete breakaway!
Peter striking his first breakaway!

Sean trying to get the ball into the wicket.
Ben rolled out his famous grill, Brad and George ran to the refectory for some colas, Sean helped the good Deacon get the picnic table and we had a good ole fashioned picnic in the back 40 of the PCJ right near the Grotto of Our Lady!  On that roll-a-way grill, Ben cooked some fantastic brats: cheese filled, beef (it's what's for dinner), and one other kind that slips my mind. He also got some classic picnic fixins: potato salad, macaroni salad, potato chips and who can forget the cookies! I believe, Peter ate most of the cookies before the rest of us were even there! Dinner was a wonderful time to pray for our diocese and for the continuation of our brotherhood. It was nice to sit down and relax for a time period, to just let go of any anxieties of school work and just have some great discussion and of course, like brothers, classic teasing!

Sean and Dcn. Bryan
Watching the heated match from a near distance. 
After we feasted, it was time for some American Style Croquet.  Deacon Bryan and I started out with some awesome first hits, getting right through the first two wickets, and off to the third with totally awesome set ups for both of us. But the others, well they just had some horrible time getting through that first wicket. Sean even had some unique ideas on how to get the ball through the first wicket, which made it very, very entertaining for the rest of us! It ended up with Deacon Bryan hitting through the first three wickets very quickly and a few short hits by me that secured him the title of Diocesean Brotherhood Croquet Night Gold Medalist! What a night! Pray for us and our continued discernment; that we may fulfill the call of the Lord how ever He sees fit.