The question and answer session was conducted in Polish by an impossibly young priest.
The quiz was not for us; we were only tourists watching the show (and surreptitiously taking photos of the exchange). But we were still nervous.
- The last time you attended church was?
- The reason you are giving your donation to the church is?
- The eldest child is not present this evening; is she part of a parish in her college’s town?
We nearly cheered when we realized we had the answers.
Even we understood the contribution will support improvements to the windows in the church, even we could describe how cold the sanctuary is, how the inside, in winter, is nearly as cold as the outside, how, despite all of the kneeling and rising, parishioners need parkas and gloves.
Even we had noticed, from the jam-packed back of the holiday crowd the Sunday before, the skinny altar boys wore puffy jackets beneath their ample robes.
The family presented the clergy “man” with cash, cake, and delight for his visit.
In turn, he offered us a blessing in the form of something that reminded us of a Topps trading card for Jesus.
This week in Creative Writing, the students are developing a dossier for a character.
Like a rookie card, the dossier showcases the protagonist’s strengths, statistics, and trivia.