Catholic Talk Like a Pirate Day 2017

It’s September 19 so it must be, what, Tuesday of the 24th week in Ordinary Time (or the quickie Twitter version)? As sure as I’m Cap’n’ Marrrrrk, it’s also International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Celebrate with this updated treasure from ChurchMojo.com we’re diggin’ up for this here special occasion.

Catholic Talk Like a Pirate Day
#TalkLikeAPirateDay

Share in the celebration and share this list with a matey.

The Rum ‘n’ Catholic Guide to Talk Like a Pirate Day #TLAPD

  1. Say an Aarrr Father and Ahoy Mary
  2. Say far, far away from Pontius Pirate
  3. Lubber neighbors as yerself
  4. Ponderrr the lives of Saint Godric of Finchale and St. Olaf, the pirate saints
  5. Shout “Bring me the blood of Christ!”
  6. Extend an outstretched hook during the Sign of Piece(s) of Eight
  7. Dad men’s tales we’ll tell
  8. Cry “Ahoy there, me sacred hearties!”
  9. Cannon-ize yer enemies.
  10. Remember always that ours is an awesome grog.

How Church Imitates Baseball #OpeningDay 2017

As the 2017 season starts, every team has a prayer of making it to the World Series. And speaking of prayer, did you ever notice that going to church is a lot like baseball?

Top 10 Ways Going to Church Imitates Baseball 10. Sometimes you stand and sing, other times you sit. 9. It can go into extra innings. 8. Hard to follow without a program. 7. Organ music. 6. Uncomfortable seats. 5. Sometimes you spend more than you want to. 4. Gotta know how to read the signs. 3. Long line for alcohol. 2. You’re preparing for post-season play. And the number 1 way going to church imitates baseball… 1. Ultimately, if you screw up, you get sent down.
Church prepares you for baseball. Or maybe it’s the other way around?

Leo Durocher said, “Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.” But my wife, sister-in-law and I found many more similarities between church and baseball that we’ve noted before. We were welcoming a friend and baseball fan into the Church one Easter through RCIA and came up with this list:

Top 10 Ways Going to Church Imitates Baseball

10. Sometimes you stand and sing, other times you sit.

9. It can go into extra innings.

8. Hard to follow without a program.

7. Organ music.

6. Uncomfortable seats.

5. Sometimes you spend more than you want to.

4. Gotta know how to read the signs.

3. Long line for alcohol.

2. You’re preparing for post-season play.

And the number 1 way going to church imitates baseball…

1. Ultimately, if you screw up, you get sent down.

If you’re making a good Lent, you’ll have a clean slate just like all the Opening Day teams. Enjoy your season and step up to the plate to add to the list with your own similarities.

Catholic Mass Madness Brackets

March Madness Brackets for Catholics

In this year’s Mass Madness brackets for Catholics, who do you have going to the Faithful Four? (Click to enlarge)

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#FishFriday Graphic Hack <‘ ))))><

Fridays in Lent mean no meat so sometimes we call them #fishfriday.

Remind your parishioners in a subtle-but-cute way to abstain by using this little emoticon:
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No fancy keyboard or graphics needed, just the shift key.

You might post this on social media or your church website, along with:

<‘ ))))><   No meat today, but you can have your alms-giving well done and make your Scripture reading not a rare event! 

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