Last Friday, he and I attended a Mass for Project SUCCESS, an organization dedicated to keeping Catholic schools alive and well in Santa Ana. Much to my horror, when I glanced at the program, I saw that there would be liturgical dance. I loathe liturgical dance - of course, in the spirit of disclosure, I loathe pretty much all dance, and have seen a vision of Hell when I was once forced to sit through a performance of "Cats."
But there was something else at that Mass held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church - there were bells. Those sweet, lovely bells that the altar server rings during Consecration that bring me back to my childhood days at St. Brendan's but more more so cause my heart to swell and my sprit to soar as all my senses rejoice at the Mystery of the Eucharist.
Fr. Jokester of course came up to me after Mass to snidely suggest we book the Vietnamese dance troupe that performed the liturgical dance for our own St. Joseph's. After remarking that it could happen OVER MY DEAD BODY (and his, if he tried it), I used the opportunity to ask, "But bells, dear Father, when do we get bells back at St. Joseph's?!" He laughed at me - as is his wont - and brushed me off.
Ha! The next day I was at St. Joseph's to assist with the First Grade bake sale and I mentioned this to another mother, who sits with me on the school board and is as much a gadfly as myself. I suggested a petition and hey - we have people coming in to buy donuts, coffee, tamales and pozole here, so someone, give me a large sheet of paper! This is America, dammit!
And so I made my petition . . . and people signed, with myself and aforementioned gadfly being the first to pen our monikers! Bring back the bells! We parents of altar servers believe that our children are smart enough to add that to their duties at the altar! We want to acknoweldge Christ! We want bells!
The Gadfly had the duty of bringing the money after the sale over to the Rectory and presented Our Dear Pastor with the petition. According to her, he laughed . . . but what's he going to do now when people sak him about the petition? More so, what's he going to do when the Gadfly and I make it an agenda item for the school board meeting which he attends (and because she's the President of the board, she controls the agenda)?
Stay tuned . . .