In my native place of the Twin Cities (St. Paul and Minneapolis) there is a parish whose patron is St. Augustine, a favorite of mine, where both Ordinary and, above all, Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite are used. The pastor there, a friend of decades – all around good guy who, in his copious free time, is also a military chaplain – has done a good deal to support ministry to Catholic men, to help them build their identity as Catholic men in a society which seems pretty hostile to masculinity.
At that parish they have held on pretty much a monthly basis, the Argument of the Month. Men only are invited. Speakers on tough topics are invited in and sometimes arguments ensure. There is a huge quantity of free unhealthy good food, free beer and, with this coming AOM, free cigars as well.
Here is the notice:
Throw off the shackles of your Puritan heritage and join us at Saint Augustine’s in South Saint Paul on May 8th for our last AOTM of the season. We’re going out with a bang…or at least a good deal of smoke. What makes AOTM different (and we say better) than other similar events is the atmosphere – the conversations, the food and drink, and now the SMOKING. The pre-argument party starts at 3 PM on the luxuriant greens of Saint Augustine. A tent will be set up in case of rain, so don’t think we’ll call it off on account of weather. We’ll have beer (still free) and cigars for sale – feel free to bring your pipe if you smoke one. We’ll also be roasting the food and reserve the right to conscript you into volunteer service should the need arise. The schedule for the day is as follows:
Smoking and Drinking: 3 PM
Appetizers: 6 PM
Dinner: 7 PM
Presentation: 7:30 PM
As promised the presentation will focus on the marriage amendment. We’ll take a look at some of the larger issues. What brought us to this junction and where do we go from here win or lose? The debate format will be replaced by a panel of speakers, providing the most robust analysis of the marriage amendment you’re likely to hear.
Argument of the Month
408 3rd Street North
South Saint Paul, MN