The Sunday Bulletin

The Sunday Bulletin

A couple of months ago, I finally broke down and did the unthinkable. I volunteered to take-over the task of producing the Sunday bulletin for our parish. It took about 4 weeks of hearing the after-Mass announcement requesting a a volunteer before the guilt became just too much to bear. I do work in digital marketing after all. It isn’t like I lacked the necessary skills or tools to make it happen. So, now, I am the guardian of the bulletin…

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Raising Tough Girls

Raising Tough Girls

I worry about this, a lot. Kids these days can be mean, cold, and petty. One might point to diminishing church attendance or to the advent of the disengaged parent as possible causes. Whatever the reason, it is a reality. Mean girls. Bullying. Harassment. All of these things are problems in our society. As a single dad to one kind and wholesome 6 year old, the why is less important than the how she learns to deal with it. One…

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100 Days of School Fail

100 Days of School Fail

Today is the 100th day of the school year for my daughter. As such, a litany of events popped up on my calendar for the week. Normally I am pretty on the ball with these things but the 100 days tasks snuck up on me. First, she needed to bring in a ziploc bag that had 100 “things” in it. They were going to count, measure, and weigh their “things” as part of a lesson. Monday morning, in a panic,…

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I Went For a Run

I Went For a Run

I went for a run yesterday and it hurt. I actually used to marathon. What I really mean is that I have run 3 marathons. Recently however, I have done zero running. As part of my effort to get healthy this year I decided to pick it back up again. I dislike the elliptical. Can’t stand the bike. That means that for cardio I am pretty much stuck with running so running it is. Yesterday was a busy day for me….

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A Story of Being Blessed

A Story of Being Blessed

I lost my wife in May 2015. She was born with a congenital brain defect known as an AVM. Over the course of about 9 years she had 7 procedures in an attempt to stabilize the problem. Ultimately it was not to be and she left this world almost 2 years ago. It is a pain unlike any I have ever known and will probably never know again. It was devastating. The hardest part, and most difficult thing I will…

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Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

A couple of nights ago I watched Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix. If you have not seen it, the premise they present is that it is possible (and even preferable) to live a life with less. I whole heartedly agree that living with fewer materialistic goods is a good thing. I know I am extremely guilty of living with more than I should. It is something I am working on in fact. With that in mind I had…

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Do Three Masses in One Day Make Me a Masshole?

Do Three Masses in One Day Make Me a Masshole?

It is sort of a long story but I attended Mass three different times at three different churches yesterday. Technically, it was two normal Masses and one Liturgy of the Word. It did get me thinking about perception and how different people view can things so… differently. One of the things I hear from many non-Catholics is that the Catholic Church is “boring”. For me, nothing could be further from the truth. I heard the same readings at all three churches…

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How to Screw Up Lent Sacrifices on Day 1

How to Screw Up Lent Sacrifices on Day 1

It all started innocently enough. My company (which is great by the way) held a fly tying workshop at the office Thursday evening. While I do fly fish, I have never taken up fly tying. The company brought in food and drinks and snacks for the 10 or so of us who were there. I had a sandwich and Izzy soda. No problem there. As the class was about to start a beer was offered to everyone. I accepted of…

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Lent 2017

Lent 2017

With no better place to start, the blog officially begins with Lent. I am not a cradle Catholic. In fact, a recent convert from Episcopalianism. I went through the Rite of Welcoming rather than the full RCIA process. I am not sure it is practically any different aside from the final liturgical form. Regardless, Catholic moving forward. This is my first Lent as a Catholic. Coming from the Anglican communion it isn’t really a huge departure from what I have…

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