The Prodigal Altar Boy

Sunday, November 18, 2012

T-61 Days to Go 18 November 2012 Prodigal Altar Boy 100 Day Countdown

T-61 Days to Go
18 November 2012
Prodigal Altar Boy 100 Day Countdown

Goal:  2 hours per day working on the film
·     Reviewed movie poster
·     Fernanda Rossi – Trailer Mechanics 2nd edition
·   Total time:  2 hours

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
·     Warm up – Roland Ready Stratocaster
·     All Things Possible – Roland Ready Stratocaster
·     Hosanna
·     God is Faithful
·     Revelation Song
·     Mighty to Save
·     Patch selection
·     Two services – Grace City
Total time:  5 hours

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Body Opus Week 13
Active Rest/Recomposition
Stopped carbohydrate intake at 6:00 PM
Total time:

Goal:  30 Minutes  “Tangential Endeavors”
“Bigger, Faster, Stronger” – DVD
Total time:  60 minutes


TQ Fan Mail (excerpt):

Fascinating and compelling work. I hated for it to end. I cannot wait to see more. I'd be delighted to contribute as one that joined St. Kateri while it still met in the HS Auditorium while I was still on active duty with the Army. We left after two years for France and returned two years later. My wife and daughter were fine with TQ the first time around, but when we returned the benign experience of two years in Paris with the Scottish and Irish priests and traditional French priests made them recoil at TQ's style. It took them about a month to get back in the frame of mind to appreciate his theology. My daughter would go on to request TQ to concelebrate her marriage with my cousin, another Tom and progressive priest.
I found TQ to be such an extraordinarily human man who, for all his failings, had a gospel inspired love of God and honest people. You are capturing that in an intriguing manner that makes one long for the rest of the story.
TQ invited me to be on the Adult Education committee. We'd meet at his townhouse and decide what videos to use for the House Church and between the masses adult education. One year we made our own video to kick off the program. It was crude compared to your work, but it captured the enthusiasm we had, inspired by TQ, for the program. I loved his classes though he challenged all of us with his multiple digressions and tangential references. He was the most brilliant theologian I'd ever encountered. His homilies were equally challenging forcing us to think differently and go back to scripture or the many other reference books he bought and passed out to the parishioners.
TQ asked me to bring communion to the sick and homebound at one point in time. I didn't realize it, but he did all the visiting himself most of the time. I think he had a conflict that Sunday. I eventually became the only visitor after he departed until I recruited and trained other Eucharistic ministers. We have a thriving program in place now, an enriching sacramentaly sharing. I can really appreciate the value of TQ's visits mentioned in the clip. He gave his whole to those in need.
When he left our parish I led an effort to bring our new pastor on board with the covenant and the house church program in the hopes of keeping this non-traditional form of governance alive. We had limited success. I also attempted to stay engaged in the adult education effort until some overbearing people on the committee turned me and the other original member away. Not much later our new pastor, Father Larry Mullaney, invited me to be his RCIA Coordinator, a position I've held for 12 years. I credit TQ with inspiring my theological curiosity. 
Terry L. Johnson 


“The Trouble With TQ” Donor Roll
The list keeps growing...
Name                        Premium Level
Carrie J. Hughes                      Fan
Toni Fesel                                Fan +
Minnie Thomas                       Patron
Nancy Dixon                           Fan
Mary Emmert                          Fan
Bruce McKenna                      Supporter
Eugene Strelka                        Fan+
Fr. John Dorgan                      Patron 
William J. Griggs                        Supporter
John & Katie Zawacki            Fan
Eileen Kanzler                         Supporter
Hank & Claire Tessandori       Fan
Pete & Margie Langlands       Fan                     Supporter
Richard Mooney                     Supporter
Rev. Francis J. Gargani           Fan     
Hal & Sally Neher                   Patron
William T. Prince                    Patron
Tom & Mary McFeely            Fan
Linda & Garry Fooke             Patron
Ed & Maureen Marroni           Fan
Sal Vitale                                Fan

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