I was so overwhelmed and busy during the latter part of Lent, that I didn't get to post much. Here is why: I was asked by a colleage to organize a reception after the Easter Vigil. The honor fell to me, I think, because I made the mistake of agreeing it sounded like a good idea. I meant it was something I'd like to attend.
I most certainly didn't mean "to organize" since of all the things I feel I might be good at - social events don't even end up at the bottom of the list. Quite the reverse. However, you know the situation - as opposed to feeling the security of my twenty-odd years of expemplary performance in my job, the changes in the parish this year, have transformed me into a "newbie", an outsider, an untested quantity. It is very nerve-wracking, especially when put in a situation like this one. I coudn't say "no" and I absolutely had to do a first-rate job of it.
Fortunately, a dear and long-time friend, volunteered to help me and just having her to bounce it all off of, provided the focus I needed to grit my teeth and get going on the thing. I think we did a bang-up job of it.
Obviously, we had to do this in the gym. Our hall will only hold about 150 comfortably with tables, and we decided to "guess" at 300. The fact that this was the first Vigil at the new, merged parish and that Easter coincided with Spring Break both combined to make our guesswork even more unsure. We really had no clue how many people would be at Mass, let alone would come to a party afterward.
But in the end, I really don't think anything could have gone better. Praise the Lord.
PS: I've never seen tables arranged in a cruciform shape like this, but it was not only appropriate - it worked beautifully!
Credits go to Anastasia who helped throughout the weekend - and climbed up on the bleachers to take the photo!