UPDATES: Black vestments, Gitmo, challenge coins, and some food

I thought I’d give you updates on a few things.

First, regarding the Black Vestments project the mighty TMSM is pushing forward.   I had shown ya’ll a photo of the fabric for the set, though it had gold writing, instead of silver.    Gammarelli got some of the actual fabric.   Here is a glimpse with the silver “column” trim.

I’ll try to get them to cough up another photo including the lining and fringe.

You will also remember that I had a project to get travel vestments made for the Navy Chaplain who lost his gear in the plane crash.    Well, I don’t have pictures of vestments yet, but I do have shots of things related to my trip to NAVSTA GTMO BAY CU.

First, I received today a great surprise.  The new commander of the Joint Task Force down there sent me a spiffy challenge coin.

My coin cabinet is now officially full.   There’s another one on the wishlist.

I do enjoy exchanging coins.

Also, news from Gitmo.  You might recall that during the week I celebrated the TLM for daily Mass and Ordinary Form for Saturday evening and Sunday morning.    I was, of course, following in the footsteps of the chaplain in doing so.  Anyway, I had asked the nice folks at Angelus Press to put a little care package together to send to the chaplain, Fr. Johnson, with materials helpful for the TLM.   They did and, today, Father sent a photo of what was sent.

At every step, Angelus has been helpful to our TMSM, too.   Thanks to them!

And now that those are out of the way, some food notes.

Missing Rome a little tonight, and feeling sorry for myself with my cold, I made Cacio e pepe for supper.  The peccorino isn’t as good, of course, but it was pretty good.

Recently in Chicago I had food whiplash going from this…

… to this… in about 12 hours.

Really good stuff.  The fries… not so much.

The later is from…

I post this especially in honor of our fine participant here, Semper Gumby.   Also, to the rest of you readers, I have the same attitude about suggestions as the proprietor of this fine establishment.


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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    First, I hope you are feeling better soon! Rotten colds, ugh.
    But Gumby! Oh, just seeing Gumby, how we loved him, dear little Claymation character. We watched Gumby and Pokey and then our childhood favorite (or one of them) Davey and Goliath, which helped make me a Christian in the first place. I could cry when I hear their theme song.
    That suggestion box is brilliant.

  2. Kathleen10 says:

    That’s weird…Christian, no idea why that happened.

  3. JustaSinner says:

    i placed a sticker marked “suggestion box” on the outer basket of my shredder.

  4. Ariseyedead says:

    Fr. Z,
    I hope you get over your cold soon! Might I suggest… ahhh, forget it!!


    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  5. acardnal says:

    Not a suggestion but a request: I’d love to see a photo of your challenge coin box and the variety of coins inside.

  6. GHP says:

    Not a suggestion …. but you might want to check your PO box in a couple of days.

  7. un-ionized says:

    Kathleen10, is it A Mighty Fortress is Our God?

  8. Semper Gumby says:

    Mighty fine challenge coin Fr. Z.

    If I knew I was going to be photographed in Frannie’s (“Beef by the Pound, not Kale by the Leaf”) I would have combed my hair.

  9. MrsAnchor says:

    Wonderful Updates! When I come into money I’ll be sure to get thou a Set of whatever thou wishes!? Along with purchasing tickets to the Spectacular Pilgrimage…

    Hope you feel better ??

  10. MrsAnchor says:

    …. wow. That’s interesting emojis appear as question marks. Good to know!

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