Yesterday was an adventure. We had a snowstorm here in Chicago the very day we had scheduled months and months ago to celebrate Sr. Helena's Silver Anniversary. We had invited Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, since it was his 25th anniversary of ordination, too. So while I was in the kitchen chopping veggies and wondering how to cook the four different kinds of fish Bill and Madeline had brought over, I kept expecting to hear any minute that the bishop had canceled and that none of the other guests (our volunteer team) would make it. Instead, the bishop came early and made his Holy Hour in our chapel while I prepped and cooked mahi-mahi, swordfish, tuna and salmon. Most of our volunteers made it, and we had a great evening!
This morning (no, we didn't feel the earthquake), I had to shovel a bit more snow this morning to make sure that I will be able to back our community van out of the garage this evening. (Don't want to miss choir practice!) (Actually, I kind of do. And also I wouldn't mind missing the choir Mass on Sunday. We're doing some contemporary "high" liturgical music that...I just don't think is meant for liturgy! Too complicated!)
This weekend I will be putting my techie skills to work for two webcasts (one of which I just found out I was elected for). Saturday will be our usual Theology of the Body class with Fr. Loya. We went through most of Pope John Paul's tome last year, so this year Fr. Loya has been doing a kind of "apologetics" course on the Theology of the Body: how to explain this stuff to people. That's Saturday on our "TOB" channel. But Friday evening, Fr. Loya is the guest speaker for a series on Pope John Paul's earlier book, written while he was just a young bishop, "Love and Responsibility." The series is taking place in Texas, but with speakers from all over, courtesy of the Internet. (Sr Helena will do a guest spot, too!) So I'll be Fr. Loya's techie on Friday. Join us at 7:00! You can view the archived sessions of the Love and Responsibility program online, so you can be all caught up by Friday. (I also found a write-up about the book by Dr. William May.) Our TOB stuff will be streamed live (and archived) at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/theology-of-the-body as usual. See you then!