Some of you might recall that I recently had an all too brief trip to Kanasas City, MO, to visit friends, see the sites, and attend a banquet to raise funds for seminarians.
Here are a few images of the trip.
First, the blognic. My host had set up a time and place (well advertised in advance on this blog despite some sour grousing that got posted post factum). I had brought my laptop to this coffee shop thinking I was going to be sitting alone for a while, but to my great surprise and pleasure, quite a few great folks dropped in and out during the period from about 8:30-11:30. There was great conversation.
I had the good fortune to be able to attend Holy Mass in the older form at the ICK temporary location Our Lady of Sorrows.
Our Lady of Sorrows is pretty much surrounded by the world headquarters of Hallmark (the greeting card company). It was pointed out to me that, even though the founders of Hallmark were not Catholic, it may be that the logo of Hallmark, the famous crown, may have been inspired from the altar of this Catholic church.
Given the Hallmark connection and the fact that the 1962 Missale Romanum is used in this church, one might just quip:
I had the chance to see some of the other churches in the KC area, including the Cathedral. The thing that impressed me most about the Cathedral was this detail of its architecture.
"But Father! But Father!" you could be thinking. "That’s not so impressive. What’s so great about a confessional in a Catholic cathedral?"
Here is a detail.
The weekly bulletin listed Bishop Finn’s schedule for hearing confessions. This impressed me enormously.
I met Bishop Finn during the visit and was as impressed by him in person as I have been through what he has written and what I have heard he has done in that diocese.
Moving on… I didn’t realize there were so many fountains and bronze statues in the city. There is also the national WWI Memorial, which I would like to visit more at length on a future visit.
At last it was time to depart, but before I headed off to the airport, my kind hosts, who made sure we dined well while I was there, provided a little goodbye sip of wine, a stupendous 1993 Ridge Cabernet, of which very few barrels were made. Yum.
The wine was definitely up to date, as were the other things I saw in KC.
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful weekend visit.