Frj82’s Blog

August 22, 2010

The Week That Was

Filed under: Church — frj82 @ 10:32 pm

Well, that week is over now.  Last week was the perfect example of life in the priesthood.  Sunday was Sunday – 3 Masses total.  Monday had a wake attatched to the evening, Tuesday was a funeral.  Tuesday afternoon, after just a few minute layover, I ventured up to the Poconos for our Central Diocesan Clergy Retreat.  Settled just a half-mile from Mount Airy Resort and Casino (!), we held our retreat, as we do every year since I joined the ranks in 2007, at the Villa of our Lady Retreat House.  Back at the Cathedral, we held a weekend long Flea Market in our Youth Center, which people across the city go nuts for.  And as soon as the week began, it was over.

This year was my fourth retreat, and now, it really feels like one.  Familiar faces between the nuns that work there and the priests of the diocese, the painful overtures the priests from Poland make to include me in their conversations (which is appreciated…because I don’t speak Polish), and the nice setting in the mountains bring me back every year.  I look forward very much to the Polish Feasts every night – different kinds of kielbasa, cheese, veggies, chips, and of course, delicious Polish Beer.

As I look in the upcoming Parish schedule, I see our parish’s most interesting event, the Parish Block Party.  Only in its second year, we have no idea how big/successful it will be due to the fact that it rained throughout last year’s.  But, we push forward with hopes to make it a South Scranton staple.  We shall see.

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