5 Reasons To Bring Back Cocktail Parties: Catholic Edition

I saw “9 Reasons To Bring Back Cocktail Parties” from Huffington Post this week and decided to create my own list for Catholics. Building on top of what they wrote, I thought it would be appropriate to make the list more “family friendly” — lots of folks posted on Facebook that they love this idea and have tried to do it. Well, here are reasons we Catholics should throw a cocktail party if you haven’t already! (PS – I’ve started a Classic Cocktail Series on Tuesdays so be sure to check it out for ideas!)

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Lent + Confession = Success

Confession. Quite possibly the most ominous of the Sacraments. But I would argue that it also the one with the most rewards. Not only can we freely receive this Sacrament as much as we feel necessary, but it can truly, in a very real way, improve how we live our everyday lives. Not to mention the physical rewards can be felt immediately.

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Classic Cocktail Series: Martini

Martini. Perhaps the most classic of all the cocktails. And the most versatile. You can go to any number of restaurants and find an extensive martini menu: apple, chocolate, lemon, mint, cucumber, strawberry, pineapple, the list goes on. Now, purists will say those are flavored cocktails and not worthy of the label “Martini.”

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Drink of the Month: Old Fashioned

I love a well-made Old Fashioned. I’ve recently learned how to make a great one at home, but I also like to try this cocktail when out for dinner at restaurants with a craft bar menu. (As an aside, I will probably offend any true bourbon snobs with this post so please accept my sincerest apologies in advance and I beg you to refrain from guilting me in the comment box.)

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Holding hands during the Our Father?

This is going to be fairly a controversial topic, so fasten your seatbelts. I know this isn’t everyone’s opinion, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and research about it and feel strongly enough to finally step out of the shadows to speak my mind.

I don’t think we should hold hands during the Our Father. If you try to hold my hand, I won’t take yours. It doesn’t feel right to me (similarly to clapping in Mass for anything other than celebrating reception of a Sacrament). That is a time for me to be praying to God and I want to focus on my devotion to Him rather than holding someone’s hand and it becoming a distraction. My view is that it is not “proper posture” for Mass. Proper posture for the recitation of the Our Father in Mass is to fold your hands in front of you. Not to hold hands with your neighbor. Nor to hold out your hands like the priest, which is called the “orans” posture (unless the country has allowed this — more on this a couple paragraphs down).

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