Yesterday morning I assisted Bishop Paprocki during a Confirmation Mass in a parish in the Diocese.
At the reception following the Mass a man approached me and said, "I suppose you know we had a famous person at Mass today."
I, of course, had no way of knowing this; no one sends such notices to me, nor do I want them to do so.
With a rather stupefied expression on my face, I asked, "Oh, who's that?"
He said the man's name and, having never heard of him, said, still with a stupefied expression, "I don't know who that is."
The man explained, if I remember correctly, that he is the quarterback coach for the Green Bay Packers and is from this parish. Not caring at all about football, I didn't have much to say and, being quite disappointed at my lack of enthusiasm, walked away.
As he walked away, I realized what I should have said to him: We have Jesus Christ and all of the angels and saints at every Mass wherever it is celebrated. The presence of a famed atheltic figure is of no real consequence.
Incidentally, just prior to the Mass I met a descendant of Saint Thomas More. And that is far more interesting than a football coach.