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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Excellent Kat!

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

  • Congratulations. Take pictures!

  • Congratulations!!

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

  • Fr Longenecker


  • Good job, Kat!

  • Congratulations! See you in ROME!

  • Hurray! Get pictures!

  • 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!!!

  • Yay! I'm so happy for you!

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

  • 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!

  • 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)

  • You Go Girl – and behave yourself.

  • 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.

  • 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?!?

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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

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

  • NBW


  • Congratulations! I look forward to reading all about it.

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

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

  • 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!

  • Congratulations!

  • Congrats! Have some gelato for us.

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

  • 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!

  • Kudos.

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

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

  • 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? 😉

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