Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mass for Homeschool Families

This evening we had the great privilege of attending Mass at Saint Joseph Cathedral with Catholic homeschooling families from all over Central Ohio. Bishop Frederick Campbell was the presider! It was a very special evening. The boys had only visited the Cathedral once before. They really enjoyed "checking it out" and they both asked lots of good questions. They were especially impressed with the enormous and beautiful organ!

At the end of Mass Bishop Campbell came down into the aisle and allowed the children to ask him questions. He was so kind and personable. One child asked him when he would become Pope. He said he prays that will never happen. One child asked him about his crosier. After explaining that it was like a shepherd's staff, he joked that he used it to reign people in and wake up anyone who was sleeping in Mass (by banging them with it). He wrapped things up when a child asked him if he was going to get married when he retired. ;)

After Mass we enjoyed a social in the undercroft. The bishop graciously joined us and we had the opportunity to talk with him as a family.

Adam especially enjoyed the undercroft, comparing it's stone and pipes to a SuperMario world. As he went to bed tonight he was asking when we could go back there.

 I continue to be so thankful for the experience of Catholic community that we have. The boys are making wonderful friends. Celebrating Mass together is really special. 

What a shot, huh? Ray and his "girl"friends.

I wish this picture wasn't so blurry. In preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we lit a candle and said a prayer at the Marian shrine in the cathedral.

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