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Feb. 10th, 2008

Hey, hey, it's Sunday. I'm a bit nervous, we have a huge Mass today in the local church in the neighbouring suburb as a farewell for JC jnr and a welcome for his not so welcome replacement.   None of us like this particular church I call the the Miramar Mausoleum, a huge Catholic church built in 1960, with a ridiculously high ceiling for no apparent reason. It's a big ugly box with some random purple and yellow glass blocks in the walls for windows. There are some nice stained glass windows up the front but they don't redeem the church imho. The pews are really ugly too. Compared to the beauty of a church in Europe, or the simplicity of our little church, this just doesn't rank.  Still, we all wouldn't fit into our church for one Mass. So... Mass will be late, half past eleven with lunch afterwards, and I have to play the scummy old piano there.  Oh well, it'll be nice to farewell JCjnr properly, I guess.  We're already muttering about our anally-retentive and not-a-people-person new guy. How do you become a priest if you're not a people person??? OMG! A monk maybe. But a parish priest?  That's like my friend who went to become a doctor because she could, but hated the sight of blood and wasn't interested in medicine. Luckily she saw the light after less than a month and came home.

I have to go in a minute. Don't wanna. It will be huge. The entire Samoan community will be there too, also singing. And visitors. *shudder*

Guess challenges are good for us, taking us out of our comfort zone. We can't stay on the mountain for ever. Or the lighthouse

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greenpizzazz6
Feb. 9th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
How do you become a priest if you're not a people person???
That makes no sense! Why would you even be interested in such things?

Guess challenges are good for us, taking us out of our comfort zone. We can't stay on the mountain for ever. Or the lighthouse
Yup! Too bad it's sometimes hard to see them that way. Hope it all went well!
natesmountain
Feb. 10th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
-That makes no sense! Why would you even be interested in such things?
I think for some people it's a challenge, or an academic calling. A spiritual academic thing... but the people factor... I think that's a biggie, huh!!!
suilven
Feb. 9th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Aw, I hope it is better than you think it is going to be. Church does sound awful. I hope your new PP has some redeeming features. Might he find your LJ? :)
natesmountain
Feb. 10th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
The new PP does have redeeming features, and I am sure we will all get along well after a few teething problems! As is usual!
He does have a sense of humour, he likes to cook and he's very clever. So I like all those things!

No he will not find my LJ! OMG! I hope no way!
Although a mother at school - her husband stumbled across it and they read it and somehow worked out it was mine. I was so embarrassed but then I decided to just shrug it off. I hope she doesn't still read it LOL!
suilven
Feb. 10th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
her husband stumbled across it and they read it and somehow worked out it was mine.
Exactly... Remember those six degrees of separation!
natesmountain
Feb. 10th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
-Exactly... Remember those six degrees of separation!
Heh, yeah, and I was one of her debating coaches back in high school! Small world indeed.

wonder if I know anyone you do... *g*
suilven
Feb. 10th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
My six degrees includes most politicians, including world leaders, Bruce Springsteen for sure, Rob Lowe, probably an awful lot of other actors,and who knows who else. We were playing this one night and decided thoses ones were easy. We decided we had to link to a sherpa in the Everest region and even that I managed to find strong possible link through more than one outlet so I bet you that priest is reading your journal even as we speak! LOL

But to answer your question. I have friends in NZ on the South Island but I also have friends from NZ who I met in Canada who probably work in your local hospitals and friends who have friends... so you never know! Just a couple of weeks ago I discovered I was working with someone who had worked with my ex Toronto roommate in Sydney. Fortunately she really liked her and was able to speak well of her and was delighted I knew her. Small world indeed.
natesmountain
Feb. 10th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
-Small world indeed.
True. Our new parish priest is originally from South Taranaki, up the line a way. He has a sister. That sister went out with one of my flatmates back in the eighties and they eventually got married!

I am sure I have no links to Bruce or Rob *g* - well, apart from you, the super fangirl.

Imagine when the only town in Germany I was going to stay in, a fairly obscure town tourist-wise, was the very town in which my only German LJ friend of the time lived in! Some coincidence, huh! And I'd been there once before!! But I hadn't known her then. Never stayed anywhere else in Germany before or after!
suilven
Feb. 11th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
I am sure I have no links to Bruce or Rob *g* - well, apart from you, the super fangirl.
Yes, but not because I am a fan. It was because I was a fan I thought about the links but being a fan changed nothing, apart from meeting him, of course. Ha. But I don't count that!

moth2fic
Feb. 10th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
Sounds as if it's a whole community's comfort zone. You'll have to keep us informed!
natesmountain
Feb. 10th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
We know we'll make it work. We have to, the parish is so full of life just now.
microjotz
Feb. 10th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
Next time you come to Germany...I am here.
natesmountain
Feb. 10th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
I know!! That'd be so cool!!

Thank you!
vivh
Feb. 11th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
I hope JC jnr's farewell was a good event despite the venue...

So is the new priest someone you already know, ie someone who has already been working locally or have you just heard about him?

Our new ministers are almost always complete strangers, that has both advantages and disadvantages - no preconceptions about what they will or will not do...

Change in a community is never easy whether it is a new principal at school or a new priest in parish, hope it all goes well!
natesmountain
Feb. 11th, 2008 09:06 am (UTC)
It was a very, very good event, and we gave JCjnr a very good send off. The speeches were great, a heartfelt one from a rep from the Samoan community, and a good solid one from the chair of the parish council - I even got a mention LOL! Then we had a really moving photo powerpoint that my friend put together, using casual pics and all the quotes he used over and over during our seven years together. I cried. More than half the church sniffed a bit.

I do know this new priest a little bit, he came to our parish twenty years ago for a few masses. I'm sure we'll all adjust to one another. He's just a really different kind of guy! He's been in Titahi Bay for thirteen years! But because he holds a job as the marriage lawyer or something, he works in town three days a week. So we'll only get him on Thursdays, and weekends!
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