Sunday, March 30, 2008

Back

I'm back in California after 2 whole weeks back home. Not much to report. March Madness wasn't that fun. Serving the liturgies at my home parish was wonderful. I got sick 3 different times, which ruined some plans. I spent like 10 hours at the downtown starbucks in b'ham studying. I Hung out with a ton of friends. Pretty standard/great break.

Now I'm back with a bunch of homework, awaiting my trip to see the Pope!

Here is a video of that concert I went to and blogged about in my most recent post. This lady sat right behind me, so it gives a pretty good view of exactly what I saw:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Show

Just got back from the Matt Good show in Hollywood. Aside from the Hollywood part it was alright. The reason it wasn't great was because the venue, Hotel Cafe, booked another artist to play at 9:15, which meant that Matt only got a little over an hour to play. But Matt was, as always, great to watch.

I've heard rumors that Matt is a jerk in person. Well, I met him for the second time tonight, and I'm pretty sure the rumors aren't true. Especially since he's been known to wear a shirt that says, "I hear Matt is a real jerk."

The first time I met him I was with a couple of friends from WWU. We went up to Vancouver because he was looking for extras for the "Weapon" video. We got there early, waited around for a couple hours, finally got let in, waited around longer, ate Pizza which Matt bought us for waiting, watched Matt get upset with some people for making us wait longer, waited around a bit more, and finally got told that the shoot got scrapped. We walked over to where he was and introduced ourselves. He apologized (in a humorous fashion which I can't post here) and then let us take a picture with him. It was great. Pizza and Pics with Matt Good. Sure doesn't sound like a jerk to me!

This time was different, but equally non-jerky. I found it hilarious! He definately wasn't mean, but he didn't buy me pizza. I arrived at the venue about an hour or so before the doors opened. About 10 minutes later, he showed up with a couple of his people. He acknowledged my presence with a quick head nod and went inside. After this, we had several extremely short conversations which are awesome (I'm remembering them the best I could... They're pretty close).

Matt: Hey! Are you the guy thats filming the show?
Me: No. I'm just one of your adoring fans.
Matt: Oh. (Walks back inside)

A couple minutes later

Matt with a cigarette: Hey.
Me: Hows your stay been?
Matt: Oh. You know. Sleepin a lot.
Me: Yeah. (pause... then inexplicably and without a purpose) I'm from Bellingham.
Matt: Oh. Right there huh?
Me: Yep.
Matt: Cool (walks away).

A couple minutes later

Matt: Hey is ther anybody back there?
Me: Yeah.
Matt: Oh. Anyone else?
Me: No. You looking for Pete?
Matt: Yeah. He back there?
Me: No.
Matt: Oh. (Re-enters venue)

A couple minutes later:

Matt walks out for another cigarette.
Me: Small place huh?
Matt: Yeah. I haven't had to walk through a crowd to the stage since 92.
Me: (Laughs)
Nobody: Silence.
Me: There only giving you 7 to 9 huh?
Matt: Yeah. Typical LA place.
Me: Yeah! I was supposed to meet a buddy here. We thought the show'd be at 9, but since it starts at 7 he couldn't get off work.
Matt: That sucks (walks back inside).

After this a few other fans started showing up. A lot of really cool people were there. Everyone was talking about how they had heard of Matt Good, since he has found such little fame in the US, or "The States" as some call it. Everyone had the same story. It began and ended with, "Oh. I have this Canadian Friend and he told me to check him out."

Finally we got in. Being the first in, I snagged a table, first row, and off to the side a little bit with my new Matt Good friends I met in the line outside. After watching the entertaining Molly Jensen, Matt was finally on. He was great.

Perhaps I'll write a more in depth review of the show later, but I've gotta finish some homework. In the meantime, Thanks for the good times Matt! Come back to LA soon.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Matthew Good

I've been working overtime to finish my Medical Ethics, Johannine Lit, and Ecclesiology homework to head into LA tomorrow. The Reason???

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Acolyte

I am pleased to announce to you all that I have been called to the Ministry of Acolyte by my bishop. What does this mean? Well, in a nutshell:

"The acolyte is appointed in order to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty therefore to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations, especially in the celebration of Mass; he is also to distribute communion as a special minister when the ministers spoken of in the Codex Iuris Canonici can. 845 are not available or are prevented by ill health, age, or another pastoral ministry from performing this function, or when the number of communicants is so great that the celebration of Mass would be unduly prolonged. In the same extraordinary circumstances an acolyte may be entrusted with publicly exposing the blessed sacrament for adoration by the faithful and afterward replacing it, but not with blessing the people. He may also, to the extent needed, take care of instructing other faithful who on a temporary basis are appointed to assist the priest or deacon in liturgical celebrations by carrying the missal, cross, candles, etc., or by performing other such duties. He will perform these functions more worthily if he participates in the holy eucharist with increasingly fervent devotion, receives nourishment from it, and deepens his knowledge about it.

As one set aside in a special way for the service of the altar, the acolyte should learn all matters concerning public divine worship and strive to grasp their inner spiritual meaning: in that way he will be able each day to offer himself entirely to God, be an example to all by his gravity and reverence in church, and have a sincere love for the Mystical Body of Christ, the people of God, especially for the weak and the sick."
(Emphasis mine)

From Ministeria Quaedam, the Motu Proprio of Pope Paul VI. This is another step forward in my discernment, the previous step being instituted to the Ministry of Reader back in October.

The institution liturgy will be this saturday at 10:30 am. Please keep me in your prayers.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Old News...

I know this is old news for everyone, but Mike and Kristine (finally) had their baby. Good work you two. I'm praying for you.

God Bless.