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If you want to try a different flavour to your mince, go Lebanese! Tonight I used cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, lemon juice, spinach and pine nuts, and it's a refreshing variation on Italian/Mexican/Indian flavourings of mince. I heard Christy and her cousin high-fiving one another the other day for being 'one eighth camel' - my brother was making fatayer pies for dinner, and that's what we're going to have again tonight. The filling is as above.

On other fronts, the Bish has backed the Codfish and decided an eight-year old girl can't choose to become a Catholic. The family is gutted, and I think it'll reflect badly on how people regard the leader of our parish for a while. My friends who are running the programme this year (I just teach it, they run it) are deeply upset but have had to give up the fight. We still have to celebrate First Reconciliation in a week and a half, but this girl won't be permitted to be included. Sad, huh. I emailed the codfish last night about some administrative matters and I added this: p.s. I heard on the grapevine that you have said no to baptising the child in our parish who wants to be baptised. Did you and the Bishop really truly, decide between the two of you that a child who wants to be a Catholic can't be one? Honestly? In our own parish??? What happened to evangelisation? Isn't that what we are supposed to do? What really is your problem? Really? I sincerely want to know. We've been keen to offer solutions, we've offered our support, we have reiterated the power of St A's School and you do not appear, between the two of you, to be coming to the party. So why are you really so against a child becoming a Catholic? It's easy to hide behind legal arguments, but we are looking for a sensible solution in what has always been a Christian community.
That was a couple of days ago... he hasn't answered - yet. OMG... can't wait until Sunday's Mass... not. I feel like we're carrying on the Jesus legacy that JCjnr gave us, and we've been hobnailed by a Scribe. A Sadducee, perhaps. He is a lawyer after all.

I think I'll be keeping my head down and thinking about my writing...

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moth2fic
Apr. 30th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
The mince recipe sounds delicious. I have a vague memory of you telling us the fatayer pies are made with filo pasty - am I right?

Sorry you're having problems with your parish - if you could manage it, keeping your head down might be less stressful in the end! But I suppose you feel you have to say what you feel for your own conscience's sake. Good luck!
natesmountain
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
-I have a vague memory of you telling us the fatayer pies are made with filo pasty - am I right?
I usually use a scone dough but you can use any pastry, I imagine. Tonight, I did what my brother does and used flakey pastry, which is less healthy but eminently easier.

-if you could manage it, keeping your head down might be less stressful in the end! But I suppose you feel you have to say what you feel for your own conscience's sake. Good luck!
My friend John, who sits in the music group close to me, has taken to muttering to me, 'don't own that problem' and so now I sit back down again! It's a wonderful lesson to learn for someone like me. But the sacramental programme is my baby, and I'm responsible for it on a parish level - but I don't have the authority of a man *snort* albeit a well-educated man of the cloth...
moth2fic
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
Scone dough sounds good - and easier. I always use readymade flakey but that means a trip to the shop whereas the ingredients for scones are in the cupboard!

On my counselling course we were taught to say 'That's your problem - but it's rapidly becoming mine'. I like your friend's 'Don't own it' attitude! And whilst it is 'your baby' you might find you have to offer it up for adoption, for everyone's sake.
natesmountain
Apr. 30th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
-whereas the ingredients for scones are in the cupboard!
That's what I like about it.

-you might find you have to offer it up for adoption, for everyone's sake.
True. My organiser has had to concede defeat over the issue, but I figured I would just ask for a good answer from the 'parish' point of view aka moi!

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