How Two Priests are Judged in Local Catholic American Idol Competion

by Sister Julie Ann on August 8, 2009

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On August 7, 2009 Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF joined two other judges (including Father Richard Klingeisen) for the second Catholic American Idol competion under a packed tent at the Waldo site of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Manitowoc, WI. Unlike an ordinary Tent Revival, this city-wide parish’s Friday gathering was a community builder and just plain fun.

img_62351.jpgJoel Stephanek, parish youth minister, introduced the contestants. Pastor, Father Daniel Felton, and associate, Father Daniel Schuster, were slated to go head to head with the singing competition, but surprising audience participation and talented Fish Boil Band leadership overturned the outcome. Although the pictures provided here are not of  high quality, they do give a flash of the action.

The line-up of songs included the following lively, energetic numbers:

  • Jailhouse Rock
  • I’m a Believer
  • Drift Away (Father Daniel Schuster)
  • Woolie Bullie (Father Daniel Felton)
  • Summertime (Shellie)
  • Centerfield (Father Daniel Schuster)
  • Locomotion (Father Daniel Felton)
  • Give’em Something to Talk About (Shellie)
  • Shout

The laughter, applause and enthusiastic audience participation appeared to confirm these evening program lyrics and general feeling about the individuals present and their relationship with their parish…

Then I saw this place, now I’m a believer, not a trace of doubt in my mind.

I’m in love…I couldn’t leave it if I tried.

What activities are happening in your parish?

7 thoughts on “How Two Priests are Judged in Local Catholic American Idol Competion”

  1. Meghan says:

    It sounds like you all had such a blast!

  2. Our parish, St. Raphael, Oshkosh, is gearing up for our weekend picnic Aug. 14-16. We begin with Mass celebrating the Assumption of Mary at 5:00 PM on Friday.

    On Sunday our two priests are going head to head for a contest of “Father Feud” where they will attempt to answer questions according to the survey responses of parish members. You can get a full account here:
    I’d love to see you there.

    It might be interesting to know that these competitions began with Fr. Dan Felton was pastor here.

  3. I agree with Meghan, this was fun.

    Sister Anne Marie, don’t forget to take a picture of Father Doug LeCaptain and Father Jason Blahnik so that we can add it to our Year of the Priesthood collection:

  4. Sister Mary Bodwin says:

    The sisters that provided the music at Mass on the feast of St. Clair were wonderful.I can readily understand why parishes are anxious to have them come and play for their liturgy.
    Keep the music comung.You are great!
    Sister Mary Bodwin

  5. Sr. Delores Wisnicky says:

    It was a great night of laughter and fun. The judges were great. Sr. Mary Ann, we saw another side of you.
    Music certainly draws people together… May the Spirit sing in our lives.
    Blessings on all the events at St. Raphael!

  6. Our parish picnic was great fun and “Father Feud” went on for over an hour. People learned a lot by hearing what “survey said” in matters of faith and practice. Our technology coordinator had a large screen, buzzers and the “works” hooked up under the big tent so everyone could see, hear, and experience the feud. Catechesis and competition are a good combination.

  7. This must have been so much fun! I wish I could have been there to enjoy the laughter & humor with the other guests.

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