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Catholic? Bon Jovi concert

April 18, 2010 21 comments

We to the Bon Jovi concert (Circle Tour) at the (Bank Atlantic?) Sunrise Arena.  Opened with one of my favorite songs, Blood on Blood.  Also closed with an encore of Runaway, Wanted (Dead or Alive) and Livin on a Prayer.  Show was great!  Our nosebleed seats were eye level with the lighting catwalk, which may be why the audio was vocal audio was so hard to hear, but, otherwise, and great show!  I think their show last time in 2008 was better even through we were behind the stage.

Their newer songs seem to be more focused on social justice.  I know Bon Jovi is a big campaigner for Democrats (Gore, Kerry and Obama), but I was wondering if he’s still Catholic, especially since he sang Hallelujah solo for 5 minutes.

I found a quote from Parade magazine in 2007:

On his Catholic upbringing:
“I went to Catholic school in and out. I’m what you call a recovering Catholic. I have many major issues with the church.”Jon Bon Jovi

I know that was 3 years ago, but I hope and pray that his search for truth brings him back home to a faithful Catholic identity.  I also noticed Richie Sambora was wearing a St Benedict rosary around his neck.  I hope it wasn’t just a fashion statement.  I couldn’t find much about his faith background.

Another favorite Bon Jovi song is Keep the Faith.

My favorite part (usually cut off the radio version) is the part after the guitar solo (about 4 minutes) where he says:

I’ve been walking in the footsteps of society’s lies
I don’t like what I see no more
Sometimes I wish that I was blind
Sometimes I wait forever
To stand out in the rain
So no one sees me cryin’
Trying to wash away the pain

Mother father
There’s things I’ve done I can’t erase
Every night we fall from grace
It’s hard with the world in yours face
Trying to hold on, trying to hold on

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Polish Pączki Day on Fat Thursday

February 18, 2010 3 comments

I’ve never celebrated it, but apparently there is a Polish tradition called Pączki Day (pronounced POONCH-key) that is celebrated on Fat Thursday (the Thursday before Lent … which would have been last Thursday).  In the spirit of Fat Tuesday, people eat a lot of pączki before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

A pączek (singular) is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of dried orange zest. Although they look like  jelly doughnuts, pączki are made from especially rich dough containing eggs, fats, sugar and sometimes milk. They feature a variety of fruit and creme fillings and can be glazed, or covered with granulated or powdered sugar. Powidła (stewed plum jam) and wild rose hip jam are traditional fillings, but many others are used as well, including strawberry, Bavarian cream, blueberry, custard, raspberry and apple.

Pączki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. Jędrzej Kitowicz has described that during the reign of August III, under the influence of French cooks who came to Poland, pączki dough was improved, so that pączki became lighter, spongier, and more resilient.

Many Polish Americans celebrate Pączki Day on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, the reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent.

A great news report on Pączki Day in Hamtramck, MI.

In the large Polish community of Chicago, and other large cities across the Midwest, Pączki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. In Buffalo, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Windsor, Pączki Day is more commonly celebrated on Fat Tuesday instead of Fat Thursday. Chicago celebrates the festival on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday, due to its sizable Polish population.

In Hamtramck, Michigan, an enclave of Detroit, there is an annual Pączki Day (Shrove Tuesday) Parade, which has gained a devoted following. In the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, it it wide spread through out the region, that many bakeries have people that will wait in lines for pączki on Pączki Day. The Pączki Day celebrations in some areas are even larger than many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day.

[A “more Polish” perspective with a nice photo blog.]

I wish I knew this a couple days ago … I would have bought donuts.

Meaningful Christmas!

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Superbowl Party @ SJVC seminary

February 1, 2009 Leave a comment

090201_sjvcs-superbowl-party-05SOCIAL — The Sophomore class was in charge of any AWESOME Superbowl Party.  Great game.  Great fellowship.  AWESOME FOOD (so much, I couldn’t take pictures of all if it … missed the chocolate bread pudding & ice cream).

At half-time, they brought out the killer casadias and chicken wings.  — “More Priests Less Pounds” diet is suspended tonight … in memory of all this food!

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Metro Zoo + Coffee House

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

RECTOR’s SOCIAL TRIP — This month’s excursion was to Metro Zoo.  — A little too cold for me today.

SUPERBOWL SET-UP — lots of cooking happening the last couple days in preparation for tomorrow’s FEAST!  — TV setup.

COFFEE HOUSE — Evening @ the Pauline Book Store.  Full house until 11pm +.

La Strada @ classic movie night

January 23, 2009 Leave a comment

090123_la-strada-movieCLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT — tonight, we had a showing of the 1953 classic Fellini B&W film La Strada with discussion afterwards.  I thought the film was way to simple, predictable, slow and boring.  But afterwards, we had an open discussion with Dr Solis, Fr Vallee & Fr Alvarez about the symbolism and meaning behind its “simpleness.”  I definitely have a greater respect for fim study after that … I didn’t see any symbols until they were pointed out … I’m too simple-folk.  Glad I went!

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frisbee + Obama ad

October 29, 2008 Leave a comment

After dinner, we played some frisbee til we couldn’t see anymore and my shin couldn’t take anymore 🙂

Some of us watched the Barack Obama infomercial (part 4 of 4) with some lively discussion with friends.

Bottom line, if Obama gets elected, he’ll have a Democratic Congress to institute some of his radical policies.  If he doesn’t make some progress, we’ll see a Republican Congress in 2 years (like when Clinton got elected) and may not see a Democratic majority for a while.  If he DOES get some of his idea instituted, he needs to be careful not to shock this country with too much change … it’ll give fuel to the Republicans as well.  Whatever happens, economy needs to stay strong … but that’s just my opinion 🙂