Thursday, February 7, 2008
Just Can't Get it Together
I must apologize to all of my blogging friends for my inability to get it together long enough to visit everyone. I don't remember how I did it before. Yesterday, I lectored for Ash Wednesday services. Then when I got home I tidied up before having to make dinner. After dinner I left for ...Bingo. Now I am not a bingo kind of gal. My mom is. She and her best friend go every Wednesday down to our church hall for "award winning bingo." But I am not a good Christian in that setting. I know this. I accept this and since I never seem to win, only donate - I stay away. But last night I was on a mission. I needed signatures.
I wrote a letter to our bishop regarding our parish's need for a permanent pastor. If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you'll know that Father Jim was assigned to another parish. We do not have a permanent pastor at this time. Father Steve is the pastor at St. Philomena's in the neighboring town and he has been assigned as our "Pastoral Administrator" until a replacement (if any) can be found. As for "Replacement Ministry" (meaning when Father Steve has responsibilities at his own church) Father Mark comes from yet another parish to fill in. Our church is entirely too large to not have a permanent pastor. Due to the pastoral shortage the days of each parish having her own pastor is becoming a thing of the past. However in our area, there are 3 parishes in Beaver Falls (the next town over) with 3 permanent pastors. And I want one of them! So I went looking for signatures and I found quite a few.
The plan was to leave once I got the signatures. But since "Aunt Patty" was sick last night, my mom would be playing by herself. So I stayed to play. She paid for it, ha ha. So technically I didn't lose anything. When I called home to tell Kenny that I would be late, he reminded me to swear quietly - HA HA! I didn't win anything. But I didn't completely lose my senses. I behaved appropriately! I left for bingo at 5:30 so that I wouldn't bother anyone while they were playing. If you've ever gone to bingo, you know that they'll scratch your eyes out if you're bugging them while they're playing. I didn't get home until after 10. And the whole point in mentioning all of this is that my visits to everyone have suffered. I'm not visiting like I used to. For that I apologize! I'll get it together. I just need to work the kinks out. Please be patient with me.
Lenten Scriptures ~ Luke 9:22-25
Thought for the Day: ~ Pray that you will always be attentive and responsive to God's will.