Blaise turned 18, we now have four adults and four minors! Monica made her delicious pasties and Black Forest cake, a few friends were here, and we manged to do his birthday celebration in the same week as the actual birthday. A win all around! Happy Birthday Blaise, we thinking you are turning out quite well!
It's a long story but Kevin, Blaise, and Regina drove to Wyoming to see the solar eclipse and bring back a van load of Inshal and Monica's stuff. Then the guys drove back home but Regina remained on campus with Monica while Monica completed her WFR (Wilderness First Responder) certification. Then Regina came back with Monica, Inshal, and a couple other Wyoming Catholic College grads. Regina loved being on campus and clearly her heart is there. I think she found her place.
Our parish does a wonderful Corpus Christi procession. This year we were blessed to share it with our two new priests; our pastor Fr. Tom, and a visiting priest, Fr. Joseph. All our men were on canopy, Dominic served, Blaise sang, and Lydia strewed flowers with the other First Communicants. (We are an organizer's dream: one phone call and you get all four canopy bearers, roughly the same height. LOL)
The Divine Praises Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be His Most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy. Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her Glorious Assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.
Blaise. Our fourth child. He did well in St. Augustine's, excelling in several subjects, including Greek. He enjoyed a few shenanigans, made solid friends, played a great rugby game, and maintained our family tradition of being the tallest man in his graduating class.
From Blaise's senior page in the yearbook.
why, yes, Blaise did process into his graduation ceremony wearing his magnificent Hamlet cloak and carrying 'poor Yorick'
Last year at a parent meeting Dr. Russell announced that the play would be Hamlet. Groan. The longest, hardest play? Really? I told the kids, and Blaise said, "I feel sorry for the poor schmuck who has to play Hamlet!" Guess what Bud.
I hardly know how to write about it without sounding like an obnoxious stage mom. We knew Blaise was a good actor... another day, another Shakespeare role... He was outstanding! The 17 year old WAS Hamlet. He played it brilliantly. A triumph in his senior year. We are so proud of him.
As usual, lots of video not many pictures. Hopefully more photos will surface. Regina had several minor roles, including lines, and did a fantastic job. Dominic was an extra in nearly every scene. His one line, "murder!' was beautifully executed. Pardon the pun.
Our theater was beautifully suited to Shakespeare, such a treat to perform there!
Regina, far right, as Bernardo
Dominic standing behind King Claudius
spoiler alert: everyone dies
the whole cast did an outstanding job, these are wonderful and talented kids!
Old St. Pat's youth group chartered a bus to Washington, taking their place in the battle to save our nation's unborn. Blaise and Regina were our marchers this year. I have not seen an official count, but observers believe the number of participants broke all records. The pro-lifers are a joyful lot in spite of their grim task. The youth group always has a marvelous time!
Youth Mass at the Verizon Center. Youth, priests and religious make a mighty army.
Blaise demonstrating the incorrect way to wear the official OSP shamrock scarf.
I changed tradition this year and served lasagnas (one red meat sauce and one seafood) instead of meatballs for our Christmas Eve dinner. Most of us don't appreciate it when I try to change any tradition, but they liked this change! After dinner we had the first plate of cookies and exchanged the secret Santa gifts among the children. After dropping off those who were serving Midnight Mass or in the choir, the rest of us visited grandparents till it was time to return to church for Mass.
Twas the Night Before Christmas....
the stockings were hung by the chimney with care....
you can see a few Advent books are still wrapped, those are really books for a few of the 12 days but I hadn't thought to wrap them in different colored paper
Monica knit Kevin a scarf. You would think at their age I could get a nice smile for the picture! LOL
my new favorite picture of Alex
Kevin J. gifted us with this beautiful nutcracker!
my new favorite picture of Regina
In the stillness before Midnight Mass... All is calm, all is bright...