[quote=uofl19]OK!! For the 1st time my wife and I have decided to bring our 2 families together for a Super Bowl Party. Here is the deal, her family is non-denom and my family is Catholic and love to party and drink if you know what I mean. Her family on the other hand thinks a sip of alcohol you are going to Hell!!
So here is the deal, it’s my house I feel like If I want to serve alcohol and have a drink fine, now I’m not going to let it get out of control but it should be my choice. My wife is concerned about that and saying grace before the meal. She is afraid her family is going to be offended. OK!! her Dad who is what you called a Very Spirit filled Charasmatic Worshipper always said when you come by my house we do it this way and if you don’t like it, then don’t come. So that is my feeling if they don’t like it that someone might have a glass of wine or a beer or say the traditional pre-meal Catholic Grace than fine don’t come. Also, she is afraid of the topics of discussion.
Has anyone ever had to encounter a situation like this and if you did, how was it handled. Thanks!! Please Pray for me!!
IMHO I feel that it is your house and you have the right to do what you want. If you want to serve alcohol, you are not doing anything that is wrong (minus the getting drunk aspect), since drinking is not a sin. There is nothing wrong with that. As far as saying grace, why not ask the Lord to bless the food that is used for our nourishment and theirs as well. They do not have to bless it, but by your blessing, they are receiving “holy food” (as my pastor would say) that can only benefit them.
Again, my view is that it is your house and you are free to do as you wish. Do not deny your Catholic background. It does not seem to me like you are doing anything that is anti-Catholic so I feel that you are fine. Have a good time and do not worry too much about everyone else. If you spend the entire day worrying about the happiness of all those that are present, you will miss the entire game, the entire experience, and will be upset in the end.
Enjoy the game, the commercials, the family, the food, let everyone else worry about their own happiness. They chose to have a good time or not. Just as you are not there to judge them, they should not judge you. Enjoy yourself, tell your wife to do the same.