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posted by awelborn

in…of course. Although we contemplated extending the trip and letting Michael go to the truck race, but he eventually decided against it  – there gets a point when you just want to get home, especially when your "vacation" has entailed 4 days of driving (on his part. I sit in the back seat, The Entertainment and Nourishment Committee).

We did make a couple of detours. First a relatively quick stop at the Berea Craft Festival, which was small, but nice – the, despite the Berea aura, the quality wasn’t any better than any of the really good shows I’ve attended in Florida. Didn’t buy anything, but I loved the colors in this weaver’s work.  Then, a couple of hours later, an even briefer stop in the Mount Adams area of Cincinnati, just to show me around and for the ritual, last-stage-of-the-trip ice cream stop.  Looked into Holy Cross-Immaculata Church, famous for a Good Friday ritual of praying the steps – praying the rosary on one’s knees while ascending the steps to the church on Good Friday.

Good trip…nice to see everyone. Good to be home and breathe before the next trip.



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Cranky Lawyer

posted July 9, 2005 at 9:23 pm


Ice cream in Cincinnati can only mean one thing–Graeter’s. (I’ll take Esther Price as a reasonably close second.)



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Fr. Shawn O'Neal

posted July 9, 2005 at 9:28 pm


Graeter’s!! Yes! Yes!
That’s a great Good Friday tradition up on Mount Adams. I can’t help but think about how that neighborhood shuts down when there’s snow and ice. Hey, as early as Easter was this year, it could have been an ordeal for the Mount Adams folks.



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Rich Leonardi

posted July 9, 2005 at 10:04 pm


Amy,
If you had looked over your shoulder as you marched up the steps to Holy Cross-Immaculata, you would have seen the old Holy Cross Monastary built by the Passionists about 130 years ago and closed in the 1970s.



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Lynn

posted July 9, 2005 at 10:23 pm


You left Florida just in time…Dennis is making itself felt here today.



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Sean Gallagher

posted July 9, 2005 at 10:26 pm


I think that it was at Holy Cross-Immaculata where I sang a concert when I was a member of the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir and we were on a tour back in January 1994.
From South Bend, we went to Cincinnati, Atlanta, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Memphis, St. Louis, and back to the campus–all in one week’s time.
Basically, it was drive, get to a church, sing a concert, crash at an alum’s house, wake up and get back on the road.
I did, however, get to Preservation Hall when I was in the Big Easy. Very nice…



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Matt

posted July 9, 2005 at 10:32 pm


We live in Lexington, KY right by Interstate 75 (I can hear it now!)….It is comforting to know that you drove by our place today, shame on you for not stopping by! We have missed you terribly…….Welcome home



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ambrose

posted July 9, 2005 at 11:41 pm


Well, next year you will have to let Micheal extend for the Truck Race, with Mark Martin in the series and all :-)



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amy

posted July 9, 2005 at 11:45 pm


Rich:
We parked just down the hill – on the hill – from that church. Now an apartment/condo? “The Monastery?”



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Septimus

posted July 10, 2005 at 7:50 am


If you go “up the hill” at the wrong time, you will be part of a human traffic jam that extends from the church, out the doors, down the stairs, down the street, down more stairs, down the hill, down more stairs, down the hill, to close to the Ohio River.
It is a remarkable devotion; people do it starting at midnight, through to the next midnight, and many are very diligent every year. Everyone throughout Cincinnati knows about it, and people come from all over. In years past, the pastor would come out, at midnight, and “bless the steps.”
Sometimes people can surprise you in their adherence to it: both those who you might not think are very devout, the rest of the year; and many who you might think are “above” such devotion.



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chris K

posted July 10, 2005 at 8:23 am


Amy, next time you’re in the Mt. Adams, etc. area check out what is being done to the old seminary and former bishop’s residence in Norwood…purely through volunteer work and donations. After laying dormant for so many years, it was really a wreck to try to rehab, but it was almost a miracle how a couple of older priests were able to purchase it for little. Fr. Leroy Smith was one of them. It’s now Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center…connected to the “Our Lady of Light” happenings. You brought back old memories of our fun “off times” from UD when a few of us would join with some of my brother’s seminary buds and hit Mt. Adams..esp. fun on St. Pat’s day. Sounds like Berea is just about the same with its crafts, weaving. But I don’t think it has been one to try to keep up with some outside competition in crafting. Phyllis George really got some of the other Appalachian crafters notice when she was gov’s wife. There is some lovely homespun talent coming from that area and I think it is nice that it keeps its simple character rather than try to keep up with some other area’s latest. “Tis a gift to be simple, etc.”.



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amy

posted July 10, 2005 at 8:57 am


Chris:
I spoke at that facility in Norwood last summer, so I know what’s being done with it!



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MrsDarwin

posted July 10, 2005 at 10:19 am


Ah, Cincinnati…
The Praying of the Steps is a beautiful tradition, though I can’t honestly say I’ve done all of it on my knees. Immaculata is a beautiful church — even more so when it’s filled on Good Friday. As it’s in Mount Adams, I hope that’s not the only time it’s filled!
I myself just had ice cream in Cincinnati and it was indeed Graeter’s. It’s good now, but I remember when it was so creamy it would coat the roof of your mouth. Good times!



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Rich Leonardi

posted July 10, 2005 at 11:25 am


We parked just down the hill – on the hill – from that church. Now an apartment/condo? “The Monastery?”
That’s the place.
And I’ll vouch for the renaissance taking place at the former Mount St. Mary’s of the West seminary in Norwood. After laying dormant for decades, it’s become a vibrant center of activity. Fr. Mitch Pacwa drew over 500 attendees there to a Mass followed by a talk two weeks ago.



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David L Alexander

posted July 11, 2005 at 7:59 am


Being from Cincy originally, I’m familiar with the Norwood phenomenon. They used to have Sunday Mass, with a parish located literally right next door. The archbishop had to tell them more than once to stop. They’ve promoted visionaries that are of local interest, but never investigated by the local ordinary. They do get a lot of attention though, as an alternative to a local Catholic scene that is a shadow of its formal self.
Speaking of Cincinnat, here’s my own website dedicated to that fair city:
Shall we gather at the river?: An anti-tourist’s view of Cincinnati, Ohio



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Rich Leonardi

posted July 11, 2005 at 1:00 pm


David,
I’ve heard about — but not met — folks at the Holy Spirit Center taking an interest in private revelations. Not my bag by any stretch, but in fairness to them, they seem to have plenty of other things going on.



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Lynn

posted July 11, 2005 at 2:33 pm


Amy,
Any comments/thoughts about the Mass you attended in Florida? This area has a wide variety of liturgical styles.



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amy

posted July 11, 2005 at 2:42 pm


Lynn:
we didn’t go to Mass in Florida. We were in Tennesse on Sunday, and that actually is worth comment…



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Lynn

posted July 11, 2005 at 3:07 pm


Sounds intriguing…



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