Last week, when SPC C and I were outside the gate (I'm no longer going to refer to it as being "outside the wire" -- it's *so* different here from my experience in Iraq), we met with the pastor of a Catholic parish not too far as the blackbird flies from here.
(Kosovo means "field of blackbirds," so no as-the-crow-flies here!)
He invited us, and anyone else who cares to participate, to come to Mass next Sunday for the Feast of St. Nicholas, at the Church of St. Nicholas.
I explained that I'd not be able to do that, much to my chagrin, because I'm scheduled to celebrate Mass on Post at the same time.
He then asked whether we could come on Saturday, 05DEC, to the party in the afternoon, at which the parish will be giving out gifts to the local children.
That sounds like it's going to be a blast.
I've gotten the Knights of Columbus here to gather together some Euros, which SPC C and I will take to the pastor tomorrow, in anticipation of the celebration.
I'm hoping I can convince some others from here to go with us. I believe it's going to be a wonderful time. It will be good to be around little children, especially as they're opening presents.
The Feast of St. Nicholas in this part of the world is a much bigger occasion for gift-giving than is Christmas.
I can't wait!
Blessings and peace to one and all,
Fr. Tim, SJ