Hide your Swiss Guards, hide Gorgeous George…

… I’m going to Rome!

I woke up this morning and my email, facebook and twitter account was on fire. What’s this… I was chosen as one of the 150 bloggers to attend the Vatican Blognic! Never in a million years did I actually dare to presume I would be chosen. I can only guess it is due the readers who contacted them and suggested I attend. For those emails I am humbly grateful.

Now begins the work. The event is May 1st, in two weeks. That’s a lot of planning in a very short amount of time. The biggest obstacle is the financing. Believe me, I dislike doing it, but I am going to resurrect the paypal donation button. If you can make a small donation, even a buck or two, I would be supremely grateful.

Also, help me spread the word. Link to this post on your blogs and tell your friends, “I know a cute little Catholic who needs our help”. We are strong and supportive community of Catholic bloggers and Rome has taken notice. This is wonderful opportunity for us all.

Lastly, I am hoping my parish can also help me and I am going to be reaching out to some various contacts I have in local and Catholic media.

Please, above all, I ask for your prayers. I want to make this trip but I want to make it with the right spirit and heart. Pray for me to maintain humility regardless of the outcome. I understand it is likely I may not raise enough funds to get there. And if I do, I certainly don’t want to loose my wits about me and become arrogant about the whole ordeal.

I am honored to be chosen.

Be on guard, boys.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18095035617334068201 Seraphic Spouse

    Congratulations! If I have some money left in PayPal, it's yours.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06117353945124506952 The Crescat

    I'm excited to get to meet you personally… and put jingly things in Hilary's hair. 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04458504641419416339 Smiley

    HUzzah,fir the love of all things roman and catholic can you email you your new address please

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12990289461877567408 The Ironic Catholic

    Kat–if I go (and we're still trying to figure out the money and passport and where the $*^&*)^(*&) do you stay)–I'LL GET TO MEET YOU!Coolness.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05765959701992923298 Jeffrey Smith

    That was the biggest and best surprise on the whole list. Rome won't know what hit it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16585104084132192522 Fr. Erik Richtsteig

    Excellent Kat!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18095035617334068201 Seraphic Spouse

    For humility help, remember that you'll never know if it was the letters, your blog itself or being chosen by lot! >;-D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13945662015612932618 Faith

    Congratulations. Take pictures!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09010599481447232016 Jeff Geerling


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15230524215323916396 Joseph K @ Defend Us In Battle

    Don't forget! I AM Your +1 :)Congrats Kat! Excited… glad to see someone like you will be "representin'"!!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06015803653090711740 LarryD

    Good job, Kat!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16884193574584166539 Johannes

    Congratulations! See you in ROME!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12594214770417497135 Suburbanbanshee

    Hurray! Get pictures!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01960521706457744649 Mary Grace

    You REALLY are one of the "cool kids" aren't you! I am so excited for you–and will pray for you to have the very best time EVER!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10697706672495544901 Catholic Bibliophagist

    Yay! I'm so happy for you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14867102109603578104 Elise

    Now the question is: Can Cat fit a Swiss Guard into a suitcase and smuggle him through customs?????www.kissingtheleper.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01715690632758132549 Denita

    Hey, I just heard the news from the Curt Jester, and I'm very happy for you. BTW my little hissy-fit over you and cats(the furry kind ) is over, so I'll be following you. Maybe you can forgive me? Anyway, I can't afford to donate, but maybe you can hug a Swiss Guard for me anyway! And say Hi to Guido and Georg for me, too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02677700018308197978 truthfinder2

    Congratulations! You NEED to be there! I wish I were wealthy, but I'll try to help when my Social Security check comes this week. Please pray for this convert's non-Catholic children and grandchildren while you're there –for conversions and vocations! Hugs — Rosemary (formerly from Missouri)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07272003035464034763 tubbs

    You Go Girl – and behave yourself.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17786249200499351976 Blipfillypicklepoo

    I'm very happy for you! I hope you have a wonderful time and that it turns out to be all you expected and more. Travel safely.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16795566831031491371 Cathy_of_Alex

    I'm not sure that in good conscience I can help you go. After all, when all the Swiss Guards run off with you, who will guard the Holy Father?!?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09819523933502820341 Terry Nelson

    Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. Don't get drunk until after the whatever it is you are attending. I knew you were famous.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07874681310775395586 Lola

    Thank you Jesus!I've been keeping you on my prayer list since that Icelandic Hell Raising mountain ruined Malta last May.I'm so happy for you Kat.God Bless you and your travels to Roma.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11401661519174098212 Mary B

    We'll be praying for your pilgrimage! This is wonderful news.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06015803653090711740 LarryD

    Kat – this is OT, but – are you okay from all those storms that just passed through NC? Let us know!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00034813112016987347 Daftpunkett

    Congrats Kat! You deserve to be there. I can't donate money but I out a blurb on my blog today.You are in my prayers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06085979986006926002 Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS

    Every Vatican blognic needs some light-hearted humor. Gee… I wonder who is going to lighten up the party?;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02386962516762155104 Caroline

    Congratulations! I 'll pray everything comes together for you to be able to go. I found you through the St Leo Abbey Oblate site. Blessings and +PAX

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14807873592896092136 Anthony S. Layne

    Congratulations, Kat! I just found out today, and I'm stoked for you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01067593594408371005 NBW


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05521790402991743075 Statius

    Congratulations! I look forward to reading all about it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10173156547926782633 MaryW

    Congratulations, Kat! Another of your followers who is so happy for you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04488655902681432534 BurgoFitzgerald

    I am so very happy for you! Congratulations! You truly do deserve it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04107504165449607702 Mary Rose

    I posted a "Help Kat Get to the Vatican" bit on my blog. I also created a graphic that is open for use if anyone else would like to post it on their own site.I am really excited for you, Kat! Can't wait to see some pics and read your take on the whole thing. Mega blessings to you and the intercession of our Blessed Mother and all the saints!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02645484704486562810 Mimi


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02220512226096382610 SherryTex

    Congrats! Have some gelato for us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00475482633072586712 ArchAngel’s Advocate

    My right hand just did something it's not letting the left hand know what it did. (Matt 6:3)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03555660993363611776 Kate P

    Best wishes for a safe and blessed trip, Kat. I have always wanted to go to Rome so please take my prayer intentions with you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04229134781669560505 Rick


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10319996483623888898 Fr John Abberton

    God bless you. I wish I could help with the finances but I cannot. I hope you get help.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12218771096085701665 Tito Edwards

    If I had any dinero, I would. So instead I'll pray for God to bless you with the means to get there!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02853244433854822731 Adoro

    I am really excited for you – will you be live-blogging from Rome? 😉 Wish I could afford to help you go, all I can offer is prayers. Put a good word in for me in Rome, willya? 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01688990364338525470 Nod

    Woot! Woot! Good on ya, Kat! Off to Rome!