Advanced Religious Ed project: Risen Jesus created with peeps, left.
Sante Fe, New Mexico: In what the diocese is calling "an unfortunate coincidence," five local directors of religious education were trampled in a 75% off craft sale at Michael's Arts and Crafts this Monday morning.
Mary Elizabeth Hunt of St. Alphonsus Ligouri Parish, speaking through a swath of bandages covering her bloody face, said "I thought we were going to help the parish come under budget this year, for once, when I saw the sale paper. I mean, popsicle sticks, 1000 for $1! Think how many decorative crosses that would have made." Her eyes welled with tears. "And the pipe cleaners...they even had liturgical colors in stock."
St. Sabina Church's DRE, Johanna Ruston, said the tussle was worth the broken arm and sprained ankle. "Every catechetical moment needs some egg carton crates and markers. So sometimes we run into each other there...well, not literally run into each other, until now. Personally, I think VBS pushed us over the edge. But I got the last sack of multi-colored feathers for the Jerusalem Chicken pinata. I'm positive those feathers will make the pedagogical difference," she said, rubbing her cast absently.
Mildred Argetbringer of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, sporting a back brace, had a different theory. "I think it was the felt. Michael's should have known that 100 pieces of stiffened felt for 10 cents was going to cause a riot in our circle." But she has decided that the felt she was grabbing ultimately wasn't worth it. "I was going to make a bright ordinary time banner--ours is looking dusty--but I don't know. I think since I grabbed it out of Johanna's hand and broke her arm, well...it just feels like 'blood felt' to me," she ended quietly.
All five were released. The diocesan representative was unavailable for interview.