Valentine’s Day Celebration

Well, today was Valentine’s Day and the Social Committee planned a lovely Valentine’s Day Party. (Believe it or not, I am a member of the Social Committee, a sign that I am already being stretched by this sabbatical!)

You might be asking yourself, “How do 40 “celibates” (36 participants and 4 staff members) celebrate Valentine’s Day? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Valentine’s Day greetings were placed outside our doors to greet us as we awoke. Following breakfast and our morning chores we had a beautiful Mass combining the liturgical Feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius with the traditional celebration of Valentine’s Day.

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S. Mary Geneva proclaiming the First Reading at Mass.

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Fr. Larry Brixius presides at the Mass.

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Fr. Edd Salazar reads a beautiful verse attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ (see below).

“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with, what siezes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning,
What you do with your evening,
How you spend your weekends,
What you read, who you know,
What breaks your heart,
And what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love,
And it will decide everything.”

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Valentine Day Lunch

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR EVENING CELEBRATION:

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After dinner we retire to the living room with a cozy fire in the fireplace.

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Everyone begins to gather.

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Our musicians lead us in song.

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Fr. Tim Mullligan, (Fr. Larry, background), Fr. Ron MacDonell and S. Anne Dixon get the party going.

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We listen to a beautiful Filipino song about love.

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Fr. Roland Bunda , S. Anne Dixon and I share a light moment.

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We conclude our celebration with the “Aussies” leading us in “Waltzing Matilda.”

So there you have it!
No boxes of chocolate,
No dozen roses,
No beautiful card with a touching sentiment,
No diamonds or other jewelry,
No romantic dinner for two,
Just 40 celibates singing songs of LOVE
about what could have been.

Actually, we sang many types of songs throughout the evening
and had a great time enjoying each other’s company!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, EVERYONE!

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