So today we went to our parishes first ever Meet and greet potluck supper. We got a new pastor in June and he is really shy but he has made some great changes to how we celebrate the liturgy. My bosses wife asked me to be sure to go to this even since she had helped organize it but forgot she was busy this weekend.
We got there and as typical, right away had a good laugh. We parked in the parking lot and saw a sign on the door that said, “Meet and Greet Entrance” so we walk up to the door to find it locked! I looked at dh and dd and said, “Oh, do I feel welcome!” and we all bust up laughing. Right behind us on the way to the door was one of the other organizers… she was sure she had unlocked the door before she went home to get her husband. Then came the organist… another employee of the parish… so we all stood around laughing until one of them found their keys.
We finally made it in, found where to deposit the food, got those silly name tags I hate so much and found a seat. I was disappointed that dd picked a table with nobody else at it to sit down, but I prayed someone would come sit with us. I walked around for a few minutes saying hi to friends and chatting… came back to the table and the new principal was sitting with us… and dd’s best friend. A few minutes later I get into a conversation with my favorite nun at out parish… turn around and our new pastor was sitting with us… cool, but how is this going to go with dd and her best friend?
OK…the evening became a roast on dd’s best friend. She is a year younger than dd and the principal had actually had the pleasure of disciplining her last year. My dd who is usually shy was in rare form and quite funny. So we all joined in… even the shy new pastor, who I learned has quite a dry sense of humor… Oh thank the Lord!!! I actually got a chance to talk to him, and I like him more than ever!!! He was already high up there in my estimation since he got the organist to stop with the children’s liturgy Gloria and her happy clappy musical preference. That alone was miraculous!!!
The food was good, better than I expected… but the conversation with the principal and the pastor… priceless!!! My other boss (yeah, pretty much most of us in our company are Catholic) came over mostly to talk to the new pastor under the guise of saying hi to me, but that was fun too… we started laughing about how I always end up “translating” for him because his English is hard to understand (he is from Japan) but his 6 yo daughter speaks perfect English and is a “star pupil” at the parish school.
In the end, we had an excellent night… dinner was 4-6 and then youth group was at 6:30… Father was surprised that these 2 teen girls that were so not shy at dinner were going to the newly formed group.
It was really nice to have such a fun informal night with the parish community… Anyone else have good stories about parish events?