Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hide your Swiss Guards, hide Gorgeous George...

... I'm going to Rome!

I woke up this morning and my email, facebook and twitter account was on fire. What's this... I was chosen as one of the 150 bloggers to attend the Vatican Blognic! Never in a million years did I actually dare to presume I would be chosen. I can only guess it is due the readers who contacted them and suggested I attend. For those emails I am humbly grateful.

Now begins the work. The event is May 1st, in two weeks. That's a lot of planning in a very short amount of time. The biggest obstacle is the financing. Believe me, I dislike doing it, but I am going to resurrect the paypal donation button. If you can make a small donation, even a buck or two, I would be supremely grateful.

Also, help me spread the word. Link to this post on your blogs and tell your friends, "I know a cute little Catholic who needs our help". We are strong and supportive community of Catholic bloggers and Rome has taken notice. This is wonderful opportunity for us all.

Lastly, I am hoping my parish can also help me and I am going to be reaching out to some various contacts I have in local and Catholic media.

Please, above all, I ask for your prayers. I want to make this trip but I want to make it with the right spirit and heart. Pray for me to maintain humility regardless of the outcome. I understand it is likely I may not raise enough funds to get there. And if I do, I certainly don't want to loose my wits about me and become arrogant about the whole ordeal.

I am honored to be chosen.



Be on guard, boys.

44 comments:

Seraphic Spouse said...

Congratulations! If I have some money left in PayPal, it's yours.

The Crescat said...

I'm excited to get to meet you personally... and put jingly things in Hilary's hair. ;-)

Smiley said...

HUzzah,
fir the love of all things roman and catholic can you email you your new address please

The Ironic Catholic said...

Kat--if I go (and we're still trying to figure out the money and passport and where the $*^&*)^(*&) do you stay)--I'LL GET TO MEET YOU!

Coolness.

Jeffrey Smith said...

That was the biggest and best surprise on the whole list. Rome won't know what hit it.

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Excellent Kat!

Seraphic Spouse said...

For humility help, remember that you'll never know if it was the letters, your blog itself or being chosen by lot! >;-D

Faith said...

Congratulations. Take pictures!

Jeff Geerling said...

Congratulations!!

Joe @ Defend Us In Battle said...

Don't forget! I AM Your +1 :)

Congrats Kat! Excited... glad to see someone like you will be "representin'"!!

Fr Longenecker said...

Congratulations!

LarryD said...

Good job, Kat!

Johannes said...

Congratulations! See you in ROME!

Suburbanbanshee said...

Hurray! Get pictures!

Tara said...

You REALLY are one of the "cool kids" aren't you! I am so excited for you--and will pray for you to have the very best time EVER!!!

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you!

Elise said...

Now the question is: Can Cat fit a Swiss Guard into a suitcase and smuggle him through customs?????

www.kissingtheleper.com

Denita said...

Hey, I just heard the news from the Curt Jester, and I'm very happy for you. BTW my little hissy-fit over you and cats(the furry kind ) is over, so I'll be following you. Maybe you can forgive me? Anyway, I can't afford to donate, but maybe you can hug a Swiss Guard for me anyway! And say Hi to Guido and Georg for me, too!

Rosemary said...

Congratulations! You NEED to be there! I wish I were wealthy, but I'll try to help when my Social Security check comes this week. Please pray for this convert's non-Catholic children and grandchildren while you're there --for conversions and vocations! Hugs -- Rosemary (formerly from Missouri)

tubbs said...

You Go Girl - and behave yourself.

Blipfillypicklepoo said...

I'm very happy for you! I hope you have a wonderful time and that it turns out to be all you expected and more. Travel safely.

Cathy_of_Alex said...

I'm not sure that in good conscience I can help you go. After all, when all the Swiss Guards run off with you, who will guard the Holy Father?!?

Terry Nelson said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. Don't get drunk until after the whatever it is you are attending. I knew you were famous.

Lola said...

Thank you Jesus!

I've been keeping you on my prayer list since that Icelandic Hell Raising mountain ruined Malta last May.

I'm so happy for you Kat.

God Bless you and your travels to Roma.

Mary B said...

We'll be praying for your pilgrimage! This is wonderful news.

LarryD said...

Kat - this is OT, but - are you okay from all those storms that just passed through NC? Let us know!

Daftpunkett said...

Congrats Kat! You deserve to be there. I can't donate money but I out a blurb on my blog today.You are in my prayers.

Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Every Vatican blognic needs some light-hearted humor.

Gee... I wonder who is going to lighten up the party?

;)

editor said...

Congratulations! I 'll pray everything comes together for you to be able to go. I found you through the St Leo Abbey Oblate site.
Blessings and +PAX

Anthony S. Layne said...

Congratulations, Kat! I just found out today, and I'm stoked for you!

NBW said...

Congratulations!

Statius said...

Congratulations! I look forward to reading all about it.

MaryW said...

Congratulations, Kat! Another of your followers who is so happy for you.

BurgoFitzgerald said...

I am so very happy for you! Congratulations! You truly do deserve it.

Mary Rose M. said...

I posted a "Help Kat Get to the Vatican" bit on my blog. I also created a graphic that is open for use if anyone else would like to post it on their own site.

I am really excited for you, Kat! Can't wait to see some pics and read your take on the whole thing. Mega blessings to you and the intercession of our Blessed Mother and all the saints!

Mimi said...

Congratulations!

SherryTex said...

Congrats! Have some gelato for us.

ArchAngel's Advocate said...

My right hand just did something it's not letting the left hand know what it did. (Matt 6:3)

Kate P said...

Best wishes for a safe and blessed trip, Kat. I have always wanted to go to Rome so please take my prayer intentions with you!

Rick said...

Kudos.

Fr John Abberton said...

God bless you. I wish I could help with the finances but I cannot. I hope you get help.

Tito Edwards said...

If I had any dinero, I would. So instead I'll pray for God to bless you with the means to get there!

Adoro said...

I am really excited for you - will you be live-blogging from Rome? ;-)

Wish I could afford to help you go, all I can offer is prayers.

Put a good word in for me in Rome, willya? ;-)

Nod said...

Woot! Woot! Good on ya, Kat! Off to Rome!