Here in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, our archdiocesan newspaper, the Catholic Telegraph, just did a very nice story about a parish trapshoot. (Trapshooting is when you fire at disk-targets that are catapulted into the air from machines, as practice for hunting birds or just as a fun shooting challenge. They are called “clay pigeons.”)
Sacred Heart Parish over in New Carlisle, Ohio held it back on November 8 as a parish fundraiser and fun activity.
At the trapshoot, Father also did a blessing of hunters and their weapons, that the hunters would be safe from accidents, and that they would only shoot animals clean, without making them suffer. This sort of blessing is very ancient, and usually done on the feastdays of patron saints of hunting (like St. Hubert and St. Eustace), but it can be done at any time.
New Carlisle is pretty close to Vandalia, which is an important town for various forms of shooting sports.
The church plans to have the event again next year.
“We will probably expand it to include a springtime fishing derby, summer trap shoot, fall rabbit hunt and late November St Hubert Mass,” Fr. Hummel said.
There are some nice pictures over at the link to the article copy that’s over on the parish website, so check it out!
Sacred Heart also did a nice Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. New Carlisle is kinda semi-rural, so the new immigrant community there is something different for them. Honoring Our Lady is something that brings people together.
(And notice that Father Gonzalez was okay with dancers, but he had them do their thing before Mass and down in the aisle, not during Mass or up on the altar/altar area. We have lots of room in the Catholic Church for cool traditional things, but you have to do them with decorum. There’s a place for everything, and everything in its place.)