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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Church & Lunch on St. Patrick's Day, 3/17/2013 (w/ Photos)

Photos taken after we've attended a church worship service in Norfolk where daughter Tintin played piano today, Sunday, the feast of St. Patrick's Day, patron saint of Ireland. Such a dreary day!

My wife Freny, the designated/volunteered driver...cruising along a not-so-busy road on Bayside Ave?

Passing by another Christian church in Norfolk, as we're cruising along towards Tidewater Drive in Norfolk.

Trees, trees, trees...and more...

The church pianist making faces before my camera.

Merging or entering Interstate 264-East towards downtown Portsmouth...

On Interstate 264 East, passing by this church, St. Mary's in downtown Norfolk.

Entering downtown tunnel towards Portsmouth...

Having a tunnel vision, huh?

Certainly, there's light at the end of a tunnel!

Cruising along downtown Portsmouth via Effingham St.

Red, white and blue, with its stars and stripes, standing proud and tall...
Going Chinese for lunch, folks. Come on, join us!

                                          Photos (c) 2013 by Chris A. Quilpa

Man, it's cold outside! And, it's dreary and cloudy today! (And drizzling, too!) I'm wondering where's the sun? I thought Spring has arrived but I was wrong! Well, what can I say but that's what it, during Lent! Anyway, good Sunday, everyone! And, Happy St. Patrick's Day, too! St. Patrick, pray for us!

My young adult daughter Tintin spent the weekend with us. Although she works and lives in D-ville, she comes home every other weekend because of her commitment in one Christian church in Norfolk as a paid pianist every other Sunday. That's why she's home this weekend because she's scheduled there today.

But just an hour and a half ago, she left for D-ville. That's after having attended, first, the Sunday Mass at our parish and the other Christian church in Norfolk this morning. (See photos above, taken on our way to the church (UCC) in Norfolk.) And, also after having lunch at a Chinese buffet restaurant. (See photos above.)  

At the Sunday Mass this morning at our parish, St. Paul's Catholic Church, in downtown Portsmouth, my wife Freny and I, having been volunteer Eucharistic Ministers for Holy Communion (EMHC), were scheduled/assigned today to do the Host (distributing the "consecrated" Body of Christ to our fellow parishioners. We tried (our best) to do what's designated to us. Rev Fr. Chris, our parochial vicar, celebrated the Mass with us. In his insightful and thoughtful homily, he mentioned about the newly-elected Pope Francis, the Vicar of Christ, Bishop of Rome, our Holy Father, Supreme Pontiff of The Catholic Church. He talked briefly about his Holiness, his humility and simplicity, having chosen the name Francis in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. He explained further about this morning's Gospel readings, from St. John, which deals with Christ's forgiveness to all of us (especially to the adulterous woman who was present at Mount of Olives, along with scribes and Pharisees), with His message of "Go and from now on do not sin any more."

After Mass at St. Paul's, we drove all the way to that Norfolk church where we attended another church worship service with some older members of the congregation there. After that, we drove back to Portsmouth via the Tidewater Drive and the downtown tunnel. (See embedded photos above.) After having lunch, we drove home. Tired and full, you know. Thank you, Lord. We're alive. And, we're doing well.

My dear folks and friends, this is all for now and thank you for your time. Until next time around. As always, I pray, "May God bless us all!"-chris a. quilpa, 17 March 2013
Post Script:
Thank God, Tintin arrived safely in D-ville. She just called us a few minutes ago while I was uploading the photos above. Hope you enjoyed watching the photos.-caq

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