Subway fears

So last night the usual subway I transfer from to go home got shut down briefly because of the torrents of rain we had.

So I took the D train three stops (or should say TRIED to) to the 7 train to get home.

BIG MISTAKE.

The train got stuck between stations and we sat there for 45 minutes. Mind you it takes me a half hour usually just to get home.

Everyone suspected terrorism—this is what we’ve come to.

Nicaragua Trip

On Saturday, I head to Nicaragua for our mission trip to the orphanage Hogar Belen in Managua (also known as the land that cool breezes have forgotten).

Please offer prayers for our group of 19 from St Paul the Apostle in Manhattan and for the children and staff of the orphanage.

I’m a bit worried about travelling with the recent liquid bombing attempt in Britian and I’m not easily spooked when it comes to travel. The government has done a good job out of scaring the pants off of us. So also pray for safe travel.

In other news regarding our trip, Marion and I have been recommended to look at other orphanages in the area as they have more children ready to be adopted (abandonment issues are taken care of, no parents, within the right age). Since we’re “older parents”– I’m 36 and Marion is, (WHACK!) ahem, a bit more experienced than I–we need to adopt a child who is around 2-5 years old. So hopefully we will be able to see who our child will be on this trip with God’s help. It’s been a trying summer for us, between moving, Marion changing jobs, and the strangeness of not knowing where our adoption plans really lie, so pray for us and for our continued committment to one another. We could use some support.

Oh yeah…and if any of you could spare a dime…

We’re still taking donations for the trip (we’re about $400 short of our $3000 goal).

Send donations to:

Mike and Marion Hayes
Mustard Seed Trip
c/o BustedHalo.com
415 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

Thanks,
PM@gg

Googling God the Book

I just sent an updated manuscript to Paulist Press. Fr. Mike Kerrigan, my editor just returned from a much needed vacation, so he should get back to me next week on how good or not so good it is.

The book generally is in three parts:

1) Who are young adults? Especially on the differences between milennials and Gen X Young Adults. And what is working well in ministry?

2) Interviews with young adults I have worked with in my ministry nationwide on what are their religious longings and experiences in ministry.

3) A how-to section on young adult ministry complete with some resources.

Hopefully it will be out this fall or winter 2007.

Should we have Hot Dog Vendors at church too?

Hat tip to Amy here:

A church is selling front row pews for Christmas services.

Ay-yi-yi…how often can some people just not get the point?

Look at the manger scene once in awhile. Perhaps one can take notice that Jesus was placed in the only thing available that would hold him–a trough that the filthy animals ate from. It has scratchy hay and he was wrapped in swaddling clothes. The Ritz Carlton it was not.

Yet in the Holy Land we can buy goods at the Ninth Station Botique. The place Jesus laid his head 2005 years ago is arrayed with gold today. Churches auction off front row seats to keep the riff-raff in their place and make money for their school–teaching the children that the one with the most gold is the most important.

Plain and simple–this is dopey!