I am not superstitious in any way, shape or form. I just want to make that clear. Yet, yesterday was Friday the 13th, and as the day progressed I was not at all certain that there wasn't something to this superstition thing.
As the day began I found myself from the beginning getting grouchy. People with demands, needs, questions seemed to abound. Later in the day I found that someone that I trust supposedly was telling a parishioner things that I supposedly said or did that were untrue. A blessing came in my joining with good friends at the former parish in Scottdale for the funeral of their husband and father. He had suffered a long time and his death on Easter, while difficult, was a blessing. Father George Saletrik, his pastor, spoke beautifully of the joy of his new life in Christ. It was a blessing to be with them.
I desperately wanted to get a haircut, by my stylist was not cutting yesterday. Bummer. I received a call of the death of a parishioner that was not unexpected but sad nonetheless, since he was relatively young, and that of the son of parishioners who lived out of state. A heavy afternoon.
Then in the evening I attended the annual fund raiser for our local Catholic School - the Queen of Angels "Angel Gala". It was a great affair with dinner, auctions (live, silent, Angel [items made by the school children], and Chinese), a fifty-fifty drawing, and great fellowship. The crowd was good, the wallets and purses opened generously, and a great time was had by all. My only complaint ... holding this on a Friday the 13th. Many were lucky ... but not me! It was for a good cause - the education of our children in a Catholic School setting.
The live auction items were interesting: a two day VIP stay at the Venetian in Las Vegas with dinner, etc ... a condo in Hawaii for a week ... a signed Malkin jersey ... a signed Hines Ward shirt ... VIP Pirates game seats & golf packages locally.
Next year I hope the committee takes me into consideration and schedules the "Angel Gala" on any day BUT a Friday the 13th. By the way: congratulations to the committee and all invloved in the "Gala" for a truly outstanding job!