Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Father Don


So Beas and I went to lunch today. I drove. I wanted to drive. It is the new Caprice. I am having my honeymoon period. I am such a car whore.

We went to lunch at Saint Raymond's. No big deal. Good food. Saw some good friends.

Saint Raymond's is the Lebanese Orthodox Church. It is a psuedo Catholic church. They don't report to the Archbishop. They sort of run their own operation and just run things by Rome. Lucky them. The joint is a trip. I remember we had a couple of dances at Saint Raymond's in HS.

We saw the unofficial "Mayor". Francis Slay Sr. The elder Slay. The Boss. He runs the Cedars, the joint that hosts the Lebanese lunch. Don and I were walking out of the joint for lunch and we saw him walking toward us. We were outside walking to the right toward the lot. Slay looks great. Nice suit. He looked healthy. He has a confident swagger. Beautiful handmade suit. He looked right at us.

"Fatha."

His eyes are beaming. I thought he was looking at me. We had met a few times. He wasn't. He shook my hand out of courtesy, but he was looking at Don. He then gave Don and two handed shake and looked him in the eye.

"Fatha."

There was a smile on his face. Don graciously accepted heartfelt salutation.

"Thank you. Good to meet you sir."

Senior Slay then strolled back into the Cedars.

I looked at Don. I started to laugh.

Don was wearing a black shirt. A black priest shirt. There was no white collar, but it was a priest style collar. It was open. You wouldn't notice that it was a priest shirt, unless you were looking.

Don often wears a Roman collar. He does it when he works door. It is quite amusing to say the least. Don is an ordained minister. Granted, he got ordained over the internets, and I don't think the Catholic Church does online vocations yet. The kids do call him Father Don when he is dressed up and is running the door. The staff and even my devout Cat-o-lik parents think it is hilarious.

That respect from Senior, regardless if it was deserved was something else.

"Fatha."

*****

I got some fun posts coming about moving and trucks, a story of me from when I was 18 in my first very own crib and some scandalous photos of celebrity couple that few knew was ever a couple twenty years ago.

I got a busy four or five days coming so it might be a sec.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was the Don an actual priest, or does Godfather Slay have bad eyesight?

It would be funny to see Slay Senior genuflecting in front of a priestly looking, black dressed hipster.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Don is not a priest. Don is the new Southside Godfather of Punk, as named by Thomas Crone.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how come he didn't call you Kramer...Kramer!

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Emerson Bigguns said...

Off the topic Steve but the lou waqs voted the 11th drunkest city....come on we're better than fricken Providence...

http://www.forbes.com/2006/08/18/cx_de_081806_nightlife06_drunkcities_slide.html?boxes=custom&thisSpeed=10000

7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is he or is he not a priest?

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve...my friend! I need to make a clarification re: your description of my home parish--the parish of my grandparents and great-grandparents as well. We are by no means Orthodox. We are also not a "psuedo" Catholic Chuch! We are a full-fledged Maronite Catholic Church. Our faith/traditions are based on the teachings of St. Maron, a Syrian Monk. We are one of the many Eastern Rites of the Roman Catholic Church that are under full jurisdiction of the the Papal See. Just like the Melkites, Antiochene and Syrian Catholic Churches. Don't let Bishop Shaheen or Father Andre hear you called us Orthodox! Whoa! I'd be happy to delve futher into the origins of my faith if you would like to hear it sometime! Just let me know.

Love the new ride by the way...you were infront of me on Manchester last week. Very nice!

Annie Denny

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more point and I'll let it drop: We don't run things on our own...and yes, we don't report to Archbishop Burke. We have our own Diocese (Eparchy is what it's called in the Maronite Rite). The head of our Eparchy is St. Louis...and our Bishop is here...you know him...Bishop Shaheen. We also have a Patriarch...the head of our Church...our little Pope I guess you could say. He was here a few weeks back. It was a pretty big deal. SLU honored him with the Sword of Loyola...People came from all over the US to see him here in our fair City. The Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Sfeir, said the homily for Pope John II...so we, as an Eastern Rite Church are still pretty tight with Rome.

That's it...I promise!

Annie

9:46 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

My bad Annie!! So sorry!!

I am just used to the Ol' Roman Catholic Church with Archdiocese and Archbishop the Pope and such structure. Any derivations confuse me, almost as much as these all these different Protestants!!

I am glad to know that Saint Raymond's is well inside the faith of the Catholic Church. I need to go to Mass there soon. Feel free to drop any more knowledge on us anytime.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my pleasure baby!

Annie Denny...your favorite Lebanese & Irish Gal!!!

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But is he a priest?

5:55 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

I answered the question on the second response, but you may want to ask him yourself if the answer "Don is not a priest" is not sufficient. He does door Thurs, Fri and Sat at the Royale.

Happy trails!

7:56 PM  

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