17 March 2008

Do they know it's Easter time at all?

But say a prayer
Pray for the other ones
At Eastertime it's hard
But when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of secularism
Where the only water flowing
Is under the Zamboni resurfacer

On a very positive note, the company my husband works for gives the employees the day off on Good Friday. It is very nice that we can spend this time together and make it to Good Friday services instead of trying to find a time where we can meet or my schlepping the kids by myself.

But, it appears that our local CINO university doesn't quite get the meaning of HOLY WEEK. Maybe I shouldn't paint the entire university with such a broad brush, since most of the campus has the week off, but my husband has a class on the evening of Holy Thursday. He's not supposed to, but the prof has scheduled the classes when they are convenient for him instead of adhering to the overall plan that this is a vacation week -- since it's Easter.

Then, there is hockey. My nephews play hockey. They are either practicing or playing all the time. Even on holidays. Often on Sundays. Surprisingly, they don't have a game on Easter...but my brother-in-law, who plays on a men's team, DOES have a game. On Easter. Who schedules a hockey game on Easter?

I don't know the scoop this year, but last year my sister-in-law and her husband couldn't make Easter dinner because they had to work. They sell hot tubs. Must be folks need a good bath after all that Lenten penance. This year, they just plain aren't coming to dinner.

I guess if you miss Easter dinner because of all your other commitments, you can always head to the local fast food joint for a burger and fries. They'll be open.


ArchAngel's Advocate said...

Maybe your is-in-law is putting in some of those new total immersion baptismal pools...

swissmiss said...

Maybe my SIL is a closet Catholic! There is hope.

gemoftheocean said...

This year I'm bummed because I am working Holy Thursday night but I do get Friday afternoon off.


Tara said...

Most of the people I work around are of the prominant cult religion in Utah--I asked about twenty of my co-workers if they knew what Good Friday meant--zero of them knew. I said, "you don't know what Good Friday is about?" So I educated them--they were not impressed.

They know what Easter is--family dinner time, Easter baskets--I wonder if they know in order for the Resurrection there had to be a Good Friday?

ArchAngel's Advocate said...

You'd be surpirsed how may Christians separate the 2. In fact, it was only a couple of years ago that I noticed that Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil (the Triduum) actually form a single Liturgy. This RCIA teaching, Bible Scholar, Cradle Catholic did done learn sumptin!

Sanctus Belle said...

Is that the University of St. Thomas? Are they now CINO? Back in 1988 I took a great Catholic Biomedical Ethics class there - was instrumental in my eventual conversion not to mention my Catholic Theology class at St. Kates, but taught by a priest from St. Thomas....

swissmiss said...

I've always maintained I had great theology professors when I was at CST>UST. But the rest of the university is skating so close to the danger zone...check out Ray's (northlandcatholic.blogspot.com for those who don't know who I'm talking about) blog for several posts on the latest dust up.

The whole Allina Medical School joint venture thing irks me since Allina is so pro-abort, the removing the Archbishop from the chairman of the board position, the very questionable use of texts (Handmaid's Tale) for their FRESHMAN English classes, on and on. CINO indeed.

Mairin :o) said...

There's a prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood in Highland on Good Friday from 9am to 4pm. There are prayers every half hour and someone carrying a life-size cross. I can't attend this year, but I have in years past.