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Certainly not youth group the way I remember it growing up. We dealt with nuns and blackboards and rulers. Seriously. Mass and church were no nonsense things. Fire and brimstone were the topics of conversation, not entertainment for the evening. The boys circled the”Youth Mass” on the calendar and off we trooped, even bringing along one of their friends. We met up with more of their friends and attended a youth mass complete with a Christian rock band from New Hampshire. Then went off to the cafeteria for snacks (apples were the theme- raw, sliced with dip, cookies, crisp and some delicious homemade caramel corn with apple cider for all) and discussion regarding the Eucharist by a relatively new and young priest, Fr. Tim (who also said the mass). Then for what was billed the highlight of the evening, a finale to top all finales, at least at any mass I’ve ever been to – fire juggling. Seriously, this priest had the kids (and adults) running outside after him when he announced it was time for the fire juggling. People driving down the streets in the vicinity of MSJ must have wondered “what the hell” was going on with flaming batons being twirled in the air. There were jokes that next month’s highlight will be chainsaw juggling. I have to admit, it was pretty darn genius – everyone was talking about and seemed to have a good time. Fire and brimstone just ain’t what they used to be…..
It is cool, but not cold, and rainy here on the hill. I feel sorry for the poor peepers since this is not really ideal “taking in the foliage” weather. Rather, it is good weather for a fire, a good book and some soup. The boys are off doing conservation work at the Town Forest in Clarendon toward their 50 miler award. Not a great day for conservation work either, I would imagine, but everyone seemed well equipped for the weather and they like the forester, so no one seemed to mind heading out early this morning for that.
The rest of the week is supposed to be the same, cool and rainy. It’s a bummer, because I really wouldn’t mind cold and snow.