Charles and I were at the Shrine for the weekend, so we missed St. Patrick's Day at home.
The view from the front porch of the Shrine Lodge
A corner of the log cabin Lodge, and a glimpse of the new Post Office Cabin. I can't wait to reserve the Post Office for a weekend - it is beautiful inside!
We were at a retreat for the Deacon Aspirants. They became Deacon Candidates on Sunday at St. Paul the Apostle Parish.
The Rite of Candidacy to the Permanent Diaconate
Kathy, Marilyn, Ron and Mike prepare to bring up the gifts. I remember the first time I saw Charles in his alb, and later his dalmatic. It took some getting used to!
Bishop Burns with Deacon Gary, Charles, Mike, Ron and Fr. Pat after the liturgy.
After the Mass and reception, we came home, Charles and the kids took the dogs for a walk at Sandy Beach, and I made dinner. Since we didn't get to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with our traditional family meal of corned beef and cabbage, we celebrated a day late.
It was delicious!
And then, to top off the weekend, I went down to the Island Pub for a farewell drink with Kim and Maura to say goodbye to our friend Tugsu, who is heading to Virginia with her family to go to law school. She is an amazing woman, very smart, talented and beautiful. We will miss her and her family so much!
Me, Kim, Tugsu and Maura at the Island Pub.
Tugsu, with Adam and Amina last summer.
It was a very busy weekend, as usual!