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Catholic? Bon Jovi concert

April 18, 2010 21 comments

Went to the Bon Jovi concert (Circle Tour) at the (Bank Atlantic?) Sunrise Arena. Opened with one of my favorite songs, Blood on Blood. Also closed with an encore of Runaway, Wanted (Dead or Alive) and Livin on a Prayer. Show was great! Our nosebleed seats were eye level with the lighting catwalk, which may be why the audio was vocal audio was so hard to hear, but, otherwise, and great show! I think their show last time in 2008 was better even through we were behind the stage.

Their newer songs seem to be more focused on social justice. I know Bon Jovi is a big campaigner for Democrats (Gore, Kerry and Obama), but I was wondering if he’s still Catholic, especially since he sang Hallelujah solo for 5 minutes.

I found a quote from Parade magazine in 2007:

On his Catholic upbringing:
“I went to Catholic school in and out. I’m what you call a recovering Catholic. I have many major issues with the church.”Jon Bon Jovi

I know that was 3 years ago, but I hope and pray that his search for truth brings him back home to a faithful Catholic identity. I also noticed Richie Sambora was wearing a St Benedict rosary around his neck. I hope it wasn’t just a fashion statement. I couldn’t find much about his faith background.

Another favorite Bon Jovi song is Keep the Faith.

My favorite part (usually cut off the radio version) is the part after the guitar solo (about 4 minutes) where he says:

I’ve been walking in the footsteps of society’s lies
I don’t like what I see no more
Sometimes I wish that I was blind
Sometimes I wait forever
To stand out in the rain
So no one sees me cryin’
Trying to wash away the pain

Mother father
There’s things I’ve done I can’t erase
Every night we fall from grace
It’s hard with the world in yours face
Trying to hold on, trying to hold on

Polish Pączki Day on Fat Thursday

February 18, 2010 3 comments

I’ve never celebrated it, but apparently there is a Polish tradition called Pączki Day (pronounced POONCH-key) that is celebrated on Fat Thursday (the Thursday before Lent … which would have been last Thursday).  In the spirit of Fat Tuesday, people eat a lot of pączki before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

A pączek (singular) is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into a flattened sphere and filled with confiture or other sweet filling. Pączki are usually covered with powdered sugar, icing or bits of dried orange zest. Although they look like  jelly doughnuts, pączki are made from especially rich dough containing eggs, fats, sugar and sometimes milk. They feature a variety of fruit and creme fillings and can be glazed, or covered with granulated or powdered sugar. Powidła (stewed plum jam) and wild rose hip jam are traditional fillings, but many others are used as well, including strawberry, Bavarian cream, blueberry, custard, raspberry and apple.

Pączki have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. Jędrzej Kitowicz has described that during the reign of August III, under the influence of French cooks who came to Poland, pączki dough was improved, so that pączki became lighter, spongier, and more resilient.

Many Polish Americans celebrate Pączki Day on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). Traditionally, the reason for making pączki was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because they were forbidden to be consumed due to Catholic fasting practices during Lent.

A great news report on Pączki Day in Hamtramck, MI.

In the large Polish community of Chicago, and other large cities across the Midwest, Pączki Day is celebrated annually by immigrants and locals alike. In Buffalo, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Windsor, Pączki Day is more commonly celebrated on Fat Tuesday instead of Fat Thursday. Chicago celebrates the festival on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday, due to its sizable Polish population.

In Hamtramck, Michigan, an enclave of Detroit, there is an annual Pączki Day (Shrove Tuesday) Parade, which has gained a devoted following. In the greater Cleveland, Ohio area, it it wide spread through out the region, that many bakeries have people that will wait in lines for pączki on Pączki Day. The Pączki Day celebrations in some areas are even larger than many celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day.

[A “more Polish” perspective with a nice photo blog.]

I wish I knew this a couple days ago … I would have bought donuts.

Meaningful Christmas!

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Superbowl Party @ SJVC seminary

February 1, 2009 Leave a comment

090201_sjvcs-superbowl-party-05SOCIAL — The Sophomore class was in charge of any AWESOME Superbowl Party.  Great game.  Great fellowship.  AWESOME FOOD (so much, I couldn’t take pictures of all if it … missed the chocolate bread pudding & ice cream).

At half-time, they brought out the killer casadias and chicken wings.  — “More Priests Less Pounds” diet is suspended tonight … in memory of all this food!

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Metro Zoo + Coffee House

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

RECTOR’s SOCIAL TRIP — This month’s excursion was to Metro Zoo.  — A little too cold for me today.

SUPERBOWL SET-UP — lots of cooking happening the last couple days in preparation for tomorrow’s FEAST!  — TV setup.

COFFEE HOUSE — Evening @ the Pauline Book Store.  Full house until 11pm +.

La Strada @ classic movie night

January 23, 2009 Leave a comment

090123_la-strada-movieCLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT — tonight, we had a showing of the 1953 classic Fellini B&W film La Strada with discussion afterwards.  I thought the film was way to simple, predictable, slow and boring.  But afterwards, we had an open discussion with Dr Solis, Fr Vallee & Fr Alvarez about the symbolism and meaning behind its “simpleness.”  I definitely have a greater respect for fim study after that … I didn’t see any symbols until they were pointed out … I’m too simple-folk.  Glad I went!

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frisbee + Obama ad

October 29, 2008 Leave a comment

After dinner, we played some frisbee til we couldn’t see anymore and my shin couldn’t take anymore 🙂

Some of us watched the Barack Obama infomercial (part 4 of 4) with some lively discussion with friends.

Bottom line, if Obama gets elected, he’ll have a Democratic Congress to institute some of his radical policies.  If he doesn’t make some progress, we’ll see a Republican Congress in 2 years (like when Clinton got elected) and may not see a Democratic majority for a while.  If he DOES get some of his idea instituted, he needs to be careful not to shock this country with too much change … it’ll give fuel to the Republicans as well.  Whatever happens, economy needs to stay strong … but that’s just my opinion 🙂

Caribbean food night

October 28, 2008 1 comment

CULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — Tonight was West Indies (Caribbean) Food Night, a combination of Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti and Puerto Rico.  Lots of good food … some more spicey than others.  I hope I can remember all the food off the top of my head … here we go …

drink … Sky Juice (coconut + ?) … Bahamas
soup … Pumpkin soup … Haiti
meat … jerk chicken & beef … Jamaica
rice … yellow rice & beans … Puerto Rico
appetizers … great bread + (meat-filled baked pockets – look like empenadas)
dessert … Rum cake … wizardry of “Oz”

Great food!


Here’s some pics of all the work involved.  I helped Eric pack the appetizers with some origami techniques. 🙂


croquet + Chris West + fresh cookies

After dinner, the Pre-Theology houses had some late night [low light] Croquet games, followed by part 1 of Christopher West’s “Proclaiming the Theology of the Body (for Priests) audio series.  Everything accented by some freshly baked cookies.  — real brotherhood

parent dinner + talent show

September 27, 2008 Leave a comment

To close Parent Day @ SJVCS, we had a delicious dinner and Talent Show by some gifted brother seminarians.  Songs, poetry, music, and Randy performing “Mack the Knife” like Louis Armstrong.  —Awesome night!


ultimate frisbee

September 5, 2008 Leave a comment

Friday afternoon usually has some outdoor team sports like soccer, baseball, flag football.  Today is Ultimate Frisbee.  I did not part and covered for someone.

beach day @ Key Biscayne, FL

A great time on the beach in Key Biscayne in our own pavillion.













BBQ + water balloons + movie night

end of year BBQ @ SJVCS

With today being the last day of final exams, we celebrated with a dinner Bar-B-Que, a water balloon fight and movie night with unlimited desserts








water balloon fight








Ultra Music Festival (day 2)

I didn’t go to Ultra Fest today because our Spanish class had a dinner & study session at our professor’s home from 4-8pm, but here are some YouTube clips from what I missed (I saved $90, but I still would have liked to be here).  See yesterday’s post for day 1 line-up and Ultra Fest info.

SATURDAY – PHASE TWO: Paul van Dyk, UnderworldCarl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, Sasha and John Digweed, David Guetta, Benny Benassi, DJ Dan and Donald Glaude, Layo & Bushwacka!, Fedde Le Grand, Andy C + MC GQ, Planet of the Drums (AK1200, Dieselboy and MC Messinian, Goldie, Dillinja and Lemon D, Fabio , Shy FX, Ed Rush + Optical, DJ Fresh and MC Ivory, Photek, Adam F and Francisco Rossi

Ultra Music Festival 2008 Commercial

Ultra Fest 2008 Tribute

Underworld – Born Slippy @ Ultra Fest 2008

Paul van Dyk @ Ultra Fest 2008

Carl Cox @ Ultra Fest 2008

Armin van Buuren @ Ultra Fest 2008

More clips here.

touchdown + Superbowl party

February 3, 2008 Leave a comment

TOUCH FOOTBALL — this afternoon, we played some 6-on-6 touch football in the spirit of Superbowl Sunday.  Not to brag, but the game ended with our victory 5-1 with my final touchdown.  — fun, but I’ll definitely feel it tomorrow
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SUPERBOWL PARTY — great BBQ ribs, chicken, burgers, hot dogs, half-time wings, lots of deserts and a great game on the big screen & big sound.  — nice!
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lector + missing Psalm + poverty + underdog croquet

January 25, 2008 Leave a comment

MORNING PRAYER & MASS – (Fr Vallee) — today, I was lector for the Mass reading (conversion of St Paul) and lead Liturgy of the Hours (Morning & Evening).  While reading morning Laud, I TOTALLY SKIPPED the 3rd Psalm … ??? … nervous, I guess … and was reminded about it all day from my seminary brothers.  — I appreciate the fraternal correction 🙂

AQUINAS – (Fr Vallee) — started Pope John Paul II’s encyclical letter Fides et Ratio.  Spent some time on the opening greating:

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth — in a word, to know himself — so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.

World Poverty filmCONTEMPORARY PHIL – (Fr Santos) — started The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels with discussion on the “working class” and poverty.  Watched an assigned video about world poverty, “When Did I See You Hungary?” a film by Gerard Thomas Straub narrated by Martin Sheen.

MEDIEVAL PHIL – (Fr Vallee) — “paradigm shift” + permanence & change + the one & the many

OLYMPIC CROQUET — our new sports coordinators have created an Olympic Sports Tournament over the next few weeks, including ping pong, relay races, volleyball, soccer, croquet & more.  Today was our Olympic Croquet tournament, which I signed up for.  16 guys in 4-4 player games, whereby the winner of each plays for the Gold.  I won my first round as an underdog in a very exciting & close game.  The final round was actually ALL underdogs from the first rounds, ending with the champion being my “Guadeamus Clone” who must have copied my abilities & strategy into his collective.  — A great tournament!
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EVENING PRAYER & DINNER — In order to redeem myself with this morning’s blunder, my post-dinner prayer (also the lector’s job) included an “excerpt from this morning’s missing Psalm” and gratitude for food, friends, fellowship, faith & fin de semana (“weekend” in Spanish).  — Dr Jimenez would be proud!

Winter Jam Christian concert

January 20, 2008 2 comments

CONCERT — the WINTER JAM 2008 Christian concert tonight at the University of Miami Convocation Center.  It featured MercyMe (praise & worship), BarlowGirl (rock), Skillet (hard rock), and newer groups like NewSong (praise & worship), Group 1 Crew (hip-hop) and Mandisa (vocalist).  I met up with the youth group of my home parish who got a bus full of kids.
Winter Jam 2008 in Miami, FL

After Group 1 Crew (hip hop good enough for me to buy their CD).  An extreme BMX Skate Team did some stunts (for Jesus, I guess) followed by Mandisa (from American Idol).  Then came NewSong, Skillet, BarlowGirl and finally MercyMe.
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Winter Jam Christian concert in Miami, FLIn between acts were speakers (like Tony Nolan), an altercall, and financial pleas for poverty and supporting more of these events.  Hooking people with a $10 ticket price, making the concert into a “ministry,” then suggesting to write a check for $100 or $1000+ (if you’ve been “blessed”) to a crowd 90% children and then praying to respond to what God really wants you to do.  We should be encouraging our sacrificial financial gifts to go to our accountable local churches for self-less causes, not independent “ministry” companies that entertain.    — shameless, but good performances

Major Minor Day + sick

January 17, 2008 Leave a comment

I was still pretty sick today (missed Mass & morning class), but by the afternoon, I felt better and wanted to get involved in the special event today.  Today, we host Major Minor Day, where the seminarians from St Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary (major) join us here at St John Vianney College Seminary (minor) for fellowship, soccer, food and prayer.
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We started with a tour of the new Pre-Theology houses (off campus) to rub in what they didn’t have (and still don’t) when they were here.  Then we played an awesome game of Minor vs Major soccer where we destroyed them with a final score of 6-1Solomn evening prayer @ 5pm followed by wine & cheese and ending in a great dinner feast with fellowship.  — A tradition I hope they continue 

Gaudeamus skit + gifts

December 14, 2007 Leave a comment

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — last exam & turned in reflection paper on “Amadeus highlighting the Modern Period”

SJV Gaudeamus 2007 skit @ St John Vianney College SeminaryGAUDEAMUS — There’s a tradition at the seminary, called Gaudeamus, where a skit is performed to make fun of seminarians.  At the end of the first semester, all new guys are highlighted.  At the end of the second semester, seniors are highlighted.  Since I’m a “new guy,” over the last week, guys are asking what I think they “have on me.”  I have no idea — hopefully nothing that will haunt me throughout seminary.  After dinner at 9:30pm, we all gather in the Community Room for the “show.”  Just when I think I’m safe, the FIRST guy that comes out is “ME” — making fun of me taking fruit (if that’s all the got, I dodged that bullet!).  The whole skit was hillarious with great impressions, including the Rector Fr Michael, Fr Santos, Fr Vallee, & Bishop Noonan. 
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Christmas gifts 2007 @ St John Vianney College SeminaryChristmas gifts 2007 @ St John Vianney College SeminaryCHAPEL GIFTS — Our last activity together (besides tomorrow’s morning Mass) was Night Prayer in the Chapel.  Afterwards, each class presented their Christmas gifts to their chosen priest and the Rector’s staff presented each of us with a gift — a SJV personalized messenger bag — AWESOME!