March 11, 2012

Adding Levity

As you know, my family is Catholic and I am not, however, I spend a lot of time volunteering at my kids' Catholic high school.

Being the Band Parent President means that I plan the band trip, working with the band staff and any other parent volunteers. This year the band is going to New Orleans.

On top of all the other things I've got going in, why did I sign up to be the band parent president? First, I was asked. Second, I've never planned a trip for 100 people and I thought, 'Hey, I wonder if I can handle the logistics of that? I've never done that before.'

I'm not going to get into what an absolute and total nightmare parts of it have been. But we're at the end stretch and that's all that really matters, right?

I got a call from the Band Director the other day and it went like this:

Band Director: The itinerary is great, Bou. It really is.

Me: Thanks!

Band Director: You know the religious Ed coordinator is one of our chaperones, right?

Me: Yup.

Band Director: Well, I showed her the itinerary and she said, "This is great, but when are we going to Mass?"

Me: *blink* Uh oh.

Band Director: Yeah. We need to think. Remember the constraints. It has to be after 4PM on Saturday.

Me: Constraints?! Are you kidding me? Great.

Band Director: We just have to think.

Me: Father is a chaperone. Can't we just have Father do a quick Mass for us on Sunday at McDonald's?

Band Director: Nice try.

Fortunately, he found a way to make it work. The kids are going to some nice Church in downtown NOLA. It does seem right that they go to Mass there. Afterall, the State is actually divided into Parishes...

Meanwhile, the entire thought of having Father say Mass over some burgers at Noon on a Sunday with 100 kids... at McDonalds... amuses me. Heh.

Posted by Boudicca at March 11, 2012 09:53 PM

Yeah, tell him to look at it like a military deployment and he's the chaplain.. McD's is perfect, and how much more memorable would that be!

Posted by: -flatlander- at March 11, 2012 10:47 PM

Baw hahahahaha. I love it. Then again, I could see how it would make the kids actually stop and listen. It would be so out of the ordinary.

Posted by: vwbug at March 12, 2012 04:55 AM

Take 'em to Jackson Square, in the French Quarter, for the pick-up bands who play every afternoon. The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. The band always breaks for Mass, and it's a short walk. They will never forget it. The Juju Woman sings with the band when we're in NOLA.

Just a suggestion. It's safe.

Posted by: Yabu at March 12, 2012 05:39 AM

I've seen it done in all sort of places.

Whereever two or three are gathered together ...

Posted by: The Thomas at March 12, 2012 11:40 PM

Love Yabu's suggestion. That is a beautiful church.

Posted by: caltechgirl at March 13, 2012 12:29 PM

St. Louis Cathedral would work...St. Joseph's is on Airline, I believe, and is also a huge and beautiful old Church (my German grandmother was baptized there). There is a St. Patrick's that does a Latin Mass. There is an old, old one at the Ursuline Convent with stained glass windows so old that they are warping downward. There are plenty of churches in New Orleans, for goodness sake.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at March 13, 2012 09:43 PM

I think we're doing the St. Louis... I need to check.

Posted by: Bou at March 13, 2012 09:48 PM