An evening at Blackfen

We had supper tonight at the rectory Blackfen, the parish of His Hermeneuticalness. I cooked.





We ended up ridiculing the 80’s for a while, as priests will do from time to time.


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  1. albinus1 says:

    Why the 80s in particular? (I know, I know — why not?) I usually save most of my ridicule for the 70s. But, then ridiculing the 70s is like the proverbial shooting fish in a barrel.

  2. joecct77 says:

    Is His Hermeneuticalness playing Stairway to Heaven?

  3. MJ says:

    Looks yummy!! I’m cookin’ too…chicken fried steak…first attempt…we’ll see how it turns out!

  4. capchoirgirl says:

    Looks like a glorious evening!

  5. stilicho says:

    I cooked blackened chicken breast. Unintentionally, of course. :-)

  6. UncleBlobb says:

    It looks like a bottle of Grand Marnier on the table.

  7. kallman says:

    what are those meat medallions? With rosemary next to them I might guess lamb but their grain suggests otherwise.
    Meat is so expensive in England.

  8. GordonB says:

    I can almost hear Fr. Finnegan singing “Who is this King of Glory how shall we call him….”

  9. danphunter1 says:

    “We ended up ridiculing the 80?s for a while, as priests will do from time to time.”
    But “Depeche Mode” came from the 80’s.
    How could you!

  10. Will D. says:

    What’s so bad about the 80’s? They gave us: Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II.
    Not a bad lineup, if you ask me.

  11. Fabrizio says:

    Er… with that guitar, was His Hermeneuticalness working on “liturgical animation” for the next sunday?!?!?


    Will D. said:

    What’s so bad about the 80?s? They gave us: Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II.
    Not a bad lineup, if you ask me.

    Well, Lady Thatcher was a godsend against the commies and to slow down the socialist drift of Britain, but she was terrible on life and family issues. Also it is one thing thinking of the ’80 in retrospect, after having seen ’89, the fall of the Wall and everything. But in 1981-2, it was still a dark 1970 night, (St.) Ronaldus Maximus and Bl. JPII were alone, at the beginning of their struggle, surrounded with hostility and fighting like lions against the whole world, their own staff and the political – religious establishment trying to block them every step of the way. And H. Mass at your average parish? If you weren’t there, you will never understand why someone would say that we have it better today. And priests had THOSE seminaries to endure…

  12. @WillD but the 80’s also gave us Communion in the Hand, girl Altar Boys and parachute pants. Blech! lol

  13. JoyfulMom7 says:

    I am so glad that you were able to have such a lovely evening with your friends!

  14. Legisperitus says:

    Is the guitar part of mocking the Eighties? He might be playing “Gather a Sin” or “Sing a New Church.”

  15. HighMass says:

    Or for old times sake, Fr. might have been playing Kum By AH??? LOL :)

  16. Is His Hermeneuticalness playing Stairway to Heaven?

    No, if you can magnify those open pages sufficiently, you may be able to see that he’s accompanying himself on the guitar as he chants Vespers (in Gregorian, of course).

  17. jarhead462 says:

    I would guess Pork. Great with rosemary (and Morey Amsterdam ;)
    Looks like a good time was had by all. Nothing like passing an evening with good friends, good food and a good drink.

    Semper Fi!

  18. Dr. Eric says:

    I’ve been playing guitar for over 22 years and I’ve NEVER seen an acoustic guitar with anything but a rosewood fretboard. This is the first time I’ve seen an ash or maple fretboard on an acoustic.

    Perhaps the good Fathers were mocking the zeitgeist of the Church in the 80s, while still rocking out to some good 80s music. ;-)

  19. Supertradmum says:

    Ah, a friendly evening at the home of friends…what more can one want? Good food, decent drink, and excellent conversation…..

  20. irishgirl says:

    Looks as though a good time was had by all.
    I didn’t know Fr. Finigan played the guitar! Cool!
    ‘(St.) Ronaldus Maximus’-that’s funny, Fabrizio! Never heard Ronald Reagan called that way!

  21. heway says:

    Father Z, you obviously like good food and like to prepare it. Have you been looking at Bishop Etienne’s blog? He has some pictures of fresh-caught fish that I would like to place on my grill or fry pan! Maybe you should visit Wyoming, pick up your coffee and try to get a fish from the Bishop!

  22. Eriugena says:

    A little word of advice for the next time, Father: the viola da gamba needs to be held vertically. Otherwise it looks like one of those strange instruments people used to use at Mass in the 1980s…

  23. tealady24 says:

    It looks like a good time was had by all!

  24. Girgadis says:

    Nothing wrong with a guitar in its rightful place (i.e. NOT at Mass).

  25. AnAmericanMother says:

    Dr. Eric,
    Martin acoustics sometimes have ebony fretboards (although they do mostly have rosewood). On the other hand, Spanish classical guitars of any quality almost always use ebony – husband has a pretty decent Cordoba with an ebony fretboard. (He’s also an old rocker and has an SG that is entirely maple – body, neck, fretboard and all — but of course that’s not an acoustic. I have nothing to do with electric guitars, play a little classical but mostly bluegrass and ballads.)
    I was craning my neck trying to see the music, but all I could discern was that there aren’t any chord notations above the staff. That’s a GOOD sign . . . .

  26. Denita says:

    I graduated from high school in 1980 ( I wasn’t Catholic back then ), so the “do it your own way” spirit of the 70s was still in full force. In fact, they didn’t play “Pomp and Circumstance” at my graduation. No, they played “Nadia’s Theme.” A SOAP OPERA THEME, for crying out loud!! :((

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