Last night was the UCO Catholic Student Center's Mass and dinner with the archbishop. Overall, things went well. I wish I had taken one last look around the altar before starting mass, because Carl forgot to put the lavabo where it belonged. That was a small mess. My friend Graham looked excellent in his cassock and surplice. He borrowed it from his parish. I hope we get some vestments for the altar boys in the future. I do miss serving, but Carl hardly lets me do anything anymore, and puts in people who really can't do what they're assigned, and in most cases only do it because they're pushed into it.

This is especially true when it comes to the readings. I know we're supposed to involve people in the mass, but I wonder why we can have an assigned altar boy, and not an assigned lector. I won't mention any names, but one lector totally mispronounced "Ecclesiastes". I think it was something like "Ex-clee-ates" and then at the bishop's mass, well...I'll just try to be charitable and say the lector for the night gave a good effort. When I was 8, I had a 12th grade reading level. When I read, people always comment on how I have a gift for narration. Yet, apparently, we have to have college students read who can't even read at the level they're supposed to.

I know I'm going to get it from Carl about this post if he finds it. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike him. He gives a good effort and tries his best to bring the gospel to the Catholic students on campus, but I seriously feel like he's trying to cut me out of things that involve the Center more and more. I have done nothing but try and give everything I have to the success of the center.

I think a lot of it has to do with last year and my being the cantor. I tried to lean more traditional with the music, and complained every time he picked a marty Haugen tune. He NEVER let me pick the music. I'm sorry, I'm not a tape player. If I'm going to be the cantor, I should be allowed to pick the music for the mass. I understand the duties of being cantor. I know that I need to pick music that applies to the readings as best as possible. He only picked it twice, but seriously, the man picks crap for music. and we had to use Haugen's mass of creation too. I wanted to do the chant, but no, latin's a disease and it must be excised from the mass at all costs. Oh, and he never let me chant the psalm in a cappella, even though I could, and it sounded fantastic. But we can't have anything without the FREAKING GUITAR! I don't know what he's trying to do. If he's trying to bring Steubenville to UCO, it's just not going to work. The church isn't supposed to try and be 'hip', it's supposed to be timeless. And frankly, not all of us are charismatics.

Honestly, in almost all cases, I'd defend Carl to the death. I think what he's doing for the students at UCO is God's work. I just wish he'd at least let me be an altar server again.

Alright, I'm being selfish. The mass isn't about me. I just have to keep telling myself that. This post wasn't even supposed to be about all this at all. But, I need to put my feelings somewhere, and my blog is the place to do it.

Pray for the UCO Catholic Student Center. Pray for Carl. Pray for Fr. Rex Arnold. Pray for the Students. Pray for me.

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