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A senior moment can strike any of us eventually - let's hope we're not in public when it does... I went to an early St Patrick's Day mass this morning, to help the school out with some of the music. Sad thing was, our elderly semi-retired priest said the Mass and he lost the plot a couple of times, flipping over pages in his book and saying prayers you don't usually say in Lent, which probably upset him. So during communion, he had a totally senior moment and we think he completely forgot that people can receive communion in their hands these days (he's 82), and half way through the line he started forcing the hosts into the children's mouths. It was quite funny if you are able to look past the sadness of it, because the children, not getting a host placed in their cupped hands, were trying to reach up and take it from Father, and he was trying to avoid their hands and shove it in their mouths. For some it became quite a wrestling match, some of them being sent away empty handed, and confused! I have no idea what he must have thought, all these people trying to touch the hosts! The children are not used to this, hardly anyone in our parish takes communion this way any more, maybe four or five people, and I had to whip along the line telling the children to open their mouths and put out their tongues. Finn did it well! It was peculiar and really very comical, despite the sadness of Father Kenny's loss of mind for that moment. It was a Rowan Atkinson kind of comedy!

And btw this site has a few pics from our Bazaar! The school secretary just sent it out to us. So you can see a teeny bit of what went on!
http://www.cnews.co.nz/070307/07.html and here http://www.cnews.co.nz/070307/08.html Our theme was Pacifica (hee, my idea) and so we had a lot of leis (the flowers round your neck) and aies (sp?) (the flowers round your head - there is a good site about how to make them here http://www.floralartmall.com/Feb01.html but you have to scroll to the right!)

One of our best and hard-working older parishioners is dying of cancer this week. I think he'll be gone by the end of the weekend. He apparently looked at his wife yesterday and said, 'hey, Agnes, I haven't done much for Lent this year!'

And it has just started pouring again! I am glad to be back home, inside, ready for a coffee!

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hannahfmuk
Mar. 13th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
That bazaar looks like so much fun! It was really great to see the photos.
natesmountain
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked them, it really was a fun bazaar!

And OMG that icon is brilliant!!!
vivh
Mar. 13th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
I think the story about your priest is sad, funny, but sad too...maybe Father Kenny needs to retire fully now, I'm sure he will feel upset if he realises what happened...

The gala pictures are really good! it looks like an enjoyable event...
natesmountain
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think Father Kenny really shouldn't be in charge of a big mass any more. He does the little weekday ones, and he does one for the oldies at the Vincentian Retirement Home on a Sunday. So he still works really! But school masses are too much.
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 14th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
The first time I went to a Catholic Mass there was a situation like that. The priest was really confused. At one point he was leading a hymn and we ended up singing the same verse about six times. I was quite a bit younger at the time, so I was really confused!
natesmountain
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
-At one point he was leading a hymn and we ended up singing the same verse about six times. I was quite a bit younger at the time, so I was really confused!
OMG you'd think the Catholics are very repetitive LOL!
moth2fic
Mar. 15th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Lovely to see some pics! Can see why you were too busy to take any!!
natesmountain
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, never even thought of pics, I should've taken one of each stall. Darn!!!
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