Many congratulations my friend. It all happened then, despite the frustrations of delay caused by disorganisation. Wonder any of the college undergrads managed to graduate.
You look very impressive in your graduation gown...and I'm so pleased that your PTSD didn't mar your day.
My brother was conferred with his PhD from Imperial College in the grandeur of the Royal Albert Hall a couple of weeks ago. He was also awarded with the prize for being the undergrad post grad with the most promising potential based on his Thesis. His girlfriend who is German was most impressed saying the whole thing was like a Harry Potter moment. In Germany, they don't have the same procedures for graduation that many other european countries do - just a departmental awarding of certificates. No dressing up in fancy gowns and hoods for them. As we walked back to the Reception for canapes and champagne I said hello to a passer-by who was taking great stock of my brother who looked resplendent by way of his height and his purple and white hooded gown . This gentlemen wished me a good afternoon and as he passed, another family member asked who he was. It was the Lord Professor Robert Winston who lectures in the medical sciences faculty So close to a celebrity that I was almost a celebrity for one, short moment myself.
Regarding the quality of homilies: Today, my nephew was Confirmed by the diocesan Archbishop. His homily was on Pentecost and the Ascension. The way he described how the apostles were guilt-ridden because of their denial of Christ was amazing - each and every one of us could identify with times in our own lives where we had let our friends down after promising to stand by them because of the fear of disadvantageous repercussions. He really made the Gospel come alive by involving us in the psyche of Christ's followers and levelling the homily on a personal basis. He's really cool and I told him so afterwards!
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Reason: to address debate on homilies
Oh, dear. Does the priest know that this catechist is not catechising according to the doctrine of the Catholic Church? This is a serious matter and he should be informed despite you not feeling able to deal with this at the time. Maybe, next time, you could have a word with her afterwards and put her straight. If she insists that such matters are her opinion, you can gently say that catechists are not there to propagate their personal opinion but to teach Catholic doctrine. And then, once she has been told, another catechist can retrace the debate and inform the confirmandi of the Church's teachings.
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Tbh I should have tried to speak more and get involved in the organising. Never had such responsibility before in a religious sense, so I found the whole thing quite daunting and kept in the shadows
Like there was this one time that one of the other catechists was telling the kids that she didn't believe the Blessed Mother was a virgin and that she must have had sex to conceive Jesus and I was like
but said nothing
My experience of my nephew's confirmation was that many of the candidates, both girls and boys, chose saints who I am not familiar with, or saints that would normally be selected. I asked a couple of them at the reception afterwards about their saints and why they chose them...they had obviously researched well and gave me their reasons why they felt inspired by their saints. The Archbishop talked first of all of how his experience had always being that women was the mainstay of the Church, carrying out lay-duties with much greater dedication and perserverance than men. I was really expecting him to say that he thought that women should be accepted into the priesthood and I was just waiting for the response of all present if he had. Thank God he didn't!
The bishop that is confirming our kids always asks them their confirmation name and a few questions about their saint. So we've thoroughly prepared them for that. Some of the kids picked saints I'd never heard of and did a lot of research but others (the boys in particular) were a bit clueless. We soon whipped them into shape though
I'm sure that you or someone else will organise it so that the order of the newly confirmed called up to receive their certificates will correspond with the order of names on the certificates. Don't worry...providing the organisation is in place, you won't have any problems.
I must confess, I don't know the names of ALL the kids (there are 29 of them this year) so am worried about handing certificates to the wrong people
I guess the same thing applies here. Organisation, organisation, organisation. At my brother's graduation, over 2,000 graduates were called to shake hands with the Rector, and the seating plan matched with the names called out. It's all in the planning and organisation. Oops, I'm beginning to sound like a professional events organiser, aren't I?
I feel more for the first communion catechists in that church though: 60 children taking their first communion this May in that parish
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