May 30, 2008

Just Settin' On The Porch Weekend


This evening Robbo and family will be heading off for the annual trip to Shrine Mont, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginny retreat out in the Shenandoah Valley. It's a very relaxing place where one can turn the kiddies loose to do pretty much whatever (most of it involving the large pond on the grounds) while oneself basically sits about with an adult beverage in hand and gossips.

All the parishes in the diocese are assigned specific weekends at Shrine Mont for their annual retreats. RFEC always goes the weekend after Memorial Day. And it always rains. (Forecast for tomorrow? True to form, cloudy with a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms.)

No doubt you're saying, "But Tom - why are you going to an Episcopal retreat?" Well, for the family, of course. And because I happen to like the place. And this year, my Catholic sponsor - whose wife also attends RFEC - has been persuaded by my ecumenical example to come on out with his family, too. I reckon that the two of us can sit around and complain about the lack of fish on tonight's menu.

UPDATE: Just because it's Friday -

Posted by Robert at May 30, 2008 11:31 AM | TrackBack

Ahhhh, but today is the Feast of the Sacred Heart and as a feast day you are dispensed from performing an act of penance, i.e. abstaining from meat. This also applies when Friday falls within the octave of a feast day.

Posted by: Mike at May 30, 2008 12:25 PM

Enjoy Peter Lee's hospitality, and if I get any reports from the Butcher's Wife of *any* such grumblings atomic wedgies will be doled out.

Posted by: Steve-O at May 30, 2008 12:34 PM


Posted by: Robbo the LB at May 30, 2008 01:01 PM

The in-joke for the Catholo-lurkers is that Shrine Mont is FAMOUS for its unbelievably awesome BBQ that it serves on Friday night.

Posted by: Steve-O at May 30, 2008 03:54 PM