Posted September 24th, 2007 | Events

It has been a Carolina kinda’ week. First, it started last weekend with a quick visit on Sunday to St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill North Carolina where families gathered for an evening talk about the “Domestic Church and Primary Educators.” I was there for a total of 4 hours, but Wow, it was a great 4 hours and a great crowd! It made me think that every time I’ve been to the Raleigh Diocese for talks, it’s always been for less than a full 24 hours. I would love to stay and visit longer should another event come about!

Then just this past weekend I was back in the thick of the Carolinas again. First, Speaking at 3 venues for the 3rd Annual Eucharistic Congress for the Diocese of Charlotte North Carolina. I think it grew from last year with over 7,000 people in attendance. As in the past three years, I’ve been so impressed with the great work of Fr. Roger Arnsparger, who orchestrated several committee heads and hundreds of lay volunteer ministries for a smooth and faith filled event. I am always so inspired by this group of faithful people!

It was also a little bit of a launch for the New Book: Grace Before Meals, Recipes for Family Life. It’s NOW AVAILABLE!!!!

Signing GBM Books

Thank God the Book was a hit with lots of the people there. It was also humbling to have so many people buy boxes of the books as Christmas Gifts. I had to admit, my hand started to hurt a little bit with the number of signings, but the excitement of the people really pumped me up and kept me going! What a great, great day it was for the people of Charlotte.

Book Signing 2

In Charlotte, my nieces and nephews also performed in their 4th WORD UP Concert – a youth “hip hop”, singing and dance concert that promotes modern and fresh sounds but with positive, and even faith filled lyrics. They “rocked” the house!!! I’m so proud of them!


The next day, I was off in a car with the Producer, Tim Watkins. We made our way to Lexington South Carolina for a Family Day Celebration for the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina. The Pastor of Corpus Christi Church, Fr. Bob Sayer, welcomed Kathy Schmugge and the Family Life Office to host a Grace Before Meals Cooking Demonstration. That was lots of fun. Many asked about the Shrimp Recipe, so see below for that. I’ll eventually put out the Sweetened Blue Cheese Cilantro topping for the steak as well in another weekly Blast – so please be sure to sign up!

I also had the chance to celebrate 2 Masses at the parish and to preach about the importance of the Family. Yesterday’s Gospel challenged us: we can either serve God or Money. We can either consider God as a “Boss” or as “Father.” We can’t have 2 masters. So, who is the master of your family? God – who wants to strengthen your family, or just a bunch of activities that prevent you from coming together as a family?

Let’s just say that this weekend was BUSY! But, I’d not have it any other way. I want to give a shout out to the people of Chapel Hill, Charlotte and Charleston. As I said in my homily yesterday, “I LOVE THE SOUTH!”

I’ll also work on my Southern Accent!

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