Houston, TX: It seemed like a good idea at the time.
The St. Cosmos Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) decided to plaster posters all over St. Cosmos High School, in large red letters, "TGIF! We're the group that does it right! Fridays, Parish Hall, 8pm", to advertize the new tradition of celebrating vespers on Friday nights.
Alicia Hillebrand was very confused when she came, outfitted in what she called her "rumba miniskirt," to see a small group of people praying "God, come to my assistance. Lord, make haste to help me."
"I thought that we'd be partying, obviously," said Alicia. "I brought my friends on a whim to try something new. I broke out my Manolos for this. I was very confused."
As was Jason Richtmann, who walked in while the small group was quietly praying in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, adjacent the parish hall. "They were so quiet, man. I thought they were listening to their IPods or something. So I plugged in and sat in the back, waiting for the DJ."
Marissa Lenhart, the president of the CYO, admitted that the advertizing was going to have to be re-thought. "It seemed kinda obvious to us that thanking God involved prayer, and that's what we were inviting people to do. We didn't expect to get the confusion, but really, people are welcome back anytime. We think the next poster will be more straightforward: 'Stay, pray, and play later: Evening Prayer, Fridays 8pm.'"
"I don't know, I may come back," said Alicia. "But I'll have to wear my slacks. Those kneelers kind of hurt."