May 5, 2005

Just a friendly notice to the St. Columban Class of 2005: we’re having some kind of reunion at the 11:30 AM Mass on Sunday, June 5th. You should’ve gotten an invitation in the mail by now. It’s not exactly a SMILE thing – SMILE is basically a biweekly reunion, if you’re willing to attend. Then again, the mailing was from Leslie Caulfield, the Youth Group Minister for St. Columban and SMILE’s organizer.

There’s a little postcard that asks you where you’re going now and where you’re planning to go next year. Leslie wants you to return it by Tuesday, May 31st. Hope to see you all there.

April 10, 2005

I helped out with the Eighth Grade Confirmation Retreat at St. Columban, run by the SMILE youth group. I had a great time, and even though it got incredibly boring and irritatingly cheesy at times, and even though the participants had to do an orange relay race by holding the oranges to their chins, then peel an orange using their teeth… we had a great time.

This group of eighth graders is an especially roudy and talkative one. I think our teachers will need some help dealing with them next year.

This is one of the last things I’ll be doing with SMILE before I head off to California. Fortunately, it went well enough for me to call it a good experience – minus the oranges.

February 20, 2005

So, I attended my first SMILE youth group meeting in, oh, maybe two years or so. Well, with President’s Day weekend and all, I had plenty of time. I sure picked the right day to return, too: we were talking about relationships, a topic which I am clearly not an expert in. Moreover, it was Part Two, so I encountered lots of phrases that I wasn’t familiar with. What’s PSI got to do with relationships? :^)

I actually knew about half the people there this time, including Josh, Heather, and Claire. I must be getting old now, because there I also met some people who used to ride my bus as third-graders.

I might start attending SMILE more often soon, now that various forms of work have subsided. Guess I’ll start with that “8th Grade Confirmation Retreat for Little People.”

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