Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Chapter the Tenth: Uh Oh

Colin was in the sacristy marking the Roman Missal and minding his own business.
Two volunteers were chatting quietly behind him.  Colin only caught a few words at first:
He couldn't help but listen more carefully after that...
Myra:  I am sure they will need lots of EM's, don't you think?  I want to be one of them.
Liz:  I hope I get asked to do one of the readings.
Myra: You should definitely ask about that.
Liz: What a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Myra:  If I don't get to meet the Pope, I will really give someone an earful.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Chapter Nine: The voice of experience

The great city of New Amsterdam to the east has had a lot of experience with papal visits.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Chapter Eight: In which reality sets in

Father Joe: What a great opportunity and challenge for us.
Colin: But won't the Chancery want to be involved? Probably the USCCB too. Not to mention the Vatican.
Father Joe: ...

Chapter Seven: In a meeting

Father Joe: "He won't be coming for 14 months, but 14 months is not a lot of time to plan when we're talking about a papal visit. We need to have the tower cleaned, the light fixtures replaced, and the floors refinished. And then, this would be the perfect time for that new organ I've been wanting. Not to mention all those liturgies you've got to plan, ha, ha!"
Colin: "But--"

Friday, December 2, 2016

Chapter Six: Back in Colin's Office

"I am definitely listening. Yes, of course. Mm-hmm. I'm so sorry. No, you're right. It's very serious. I consider it to be quite serious. Of the utmost seriousness. No, I am not joking. Why would I joke about such a thing? I will definitely get that typo fixed before next week."

Texts from Father Joe: "We need to talk. POPE COMING."
"P.S. Tell no one. Fr Joe."

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Chapter Five

In which Dr Furey brainstorms a few ideas for the forthcoming visit.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chapter Four: In which the news reaches the music office

"Oh, it's you. How may I be of service, O pastor my pastor?"
"Got a question for you. Have you ever performed for a Pope?"
"Yes. Only three times, alas... twice for JP2 and once for B16. On our pilgrimages to Rome."
"Oh, yeah." 

To make a long story short, Father Joe told him. "Mum's the word."
"Of course."
"Don't tell anyone." 
Even before he hung up the phone Dr Furey knew precisely what needed to happen. It posed massive logistical challenges, of course, but wasn't that the point? To his way of thinking "simple" and "easy" were polite ways of saying "boring" and "predictable."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

The word from Rome

Someone was whispering in the loggia.

Colin's daydream