New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Ze/funy, New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, February IO, 1987
Girl Serious About Love Still Plays Behind Parents’ Backs
New bishop to be installed at 83rd Diocesan Council
DK AK ABBY: I am 16 years old and have been having a serious love relationship with a 21-year-old guy who is in the military. We met four months ago and see each other four or five times a week, but I feel very guilty because the time we spend together is kept from my parents. I have to make up lies about where I’m going and who I’m with. All my friends know about him and have helped us to sneak around.
We are very much in love and tell each other so often. This is not a schoolgirl crush. Abby. He’s the man I want to spend the rest of my life with. We’re having sex but we are careful.
I want to introduce this wonderful guy to my parents, but I’m afraid if they know I ’m seeing a 21-year-old guy they will forbid me to see him again, or even make trouble for him at the base.
I’ve read your column since I was 11 years old and trust your advice. Please publish this for us and other couples who have this problem, and don’t say where it’s from. I know we're not the onlv ones.
DK AK FOKBIDDKN: A 21-year-old guy is a man — or should be — and it’s very unmanly to sneak around with a girl behind her parents’ backs. I think you should introduce this wonderful guy to your parents. lf he's as wonderful as you say he is, he will quit sneaking around and look them in the eye. lf he’s not, maybe he’s not as wonderful as you think he is. Think about it.
DKA It ABBY: My husband and I just received another one of those socalled invitations that go like this "The children of Mr and Mrs Blankety Blank are planning to honor their parents on their 2oth wedding anniversary. It will come to $1 T oh a plate for the dinner, plus .>7.r,l) if you want to go in on the group gift."
Abby, if children want to "honor” their parents, why don't they give them a party instead of inviting people and asking them to pay .for it’* We have received several invita lions like this one, and think it's terrible We aren't cheap, hut this is like having a ticket to a party.
M ast of the people in this area read your column, so maybe if you ran this (no names, please! you could put a stop to these pay your own way affairs
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DKAK MKS.: lf it group of friends want to join together to honor someone, then each cheerfully pays his or her own way. But for family members to "honor" one of their own, and ask invited guests to pay for it, is out of line.
DKAK ABBY I do my grocery shopping at a very large super market. There is one checkout woman ll guess you'd call her a cashier) who has been there for many years She's not young
Anyway, yesterday when she checked out my groceries, she leaned toward me and said, "I lost my beloved Ricardo after 4M years of
marriage; he had a massive heart attack with no warning.” I didn’t know what to say except, “Gee, I’m really sorry.”
Abby, I don’t even know this lady’s name! She certainly did lay a depressing bit of news on me. I left the store feeling down in the dumps. I didn’t need to hear that kind of news from a total stranger. Please comment.
IN THE DUMPS
DEAR IN: Perhaps you didn’t need to hear that kind of news from a total stranger, but apparently she needed to talk
about it. Sometimes the best thing we can do for a person is to listen. A little compassion, pl6B86*
CONFIDENTIAL TO C.O.W., WATERLOO, IOWA: Heed the words of the wise philosopher Schopenhauer: "It is easy to let the adulation of the Deity make amends for the lack of proper behavior toward men. And so we see that in all times and in all countries, the great majority of mankind find it easier to beg their way into heaven by prayers than to deserve to go there by their actions."
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The Eight Rev. John H. Mac-N augh ton of San Antonio, coadjutor bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas since Feb. 6, will be instituted as the seventh diocesan bishop to lead the diocese since 1874 in ceremonies at 6 p.m. Thursday in St. John’s Romal Catholic Church in San Marcos.
Rector of Christ Episcopal Church, San Antonio, prior to election as coadjutor in September of 1985, Bishop MacNaughton, native of Minnesota, will succeed the Right Rev. Scott Field Bailey, bishop of West Texas since Feb. 17, 1977, who will retire upon passing the bishop’s crosier to Bishop MacNaughton.
The new diocesan bishop, whose jurisdiction will include 94 congregations in 60 counties in central-south Texas, will preside at the 83rd Annual Council of the Diocese convening Thursday afternoon in Strahan Coliseum on the campus of Southwest Texas State University. He will formally address the Council Friday. Host churches for the Council, which is expected to draw about 1,000 delegates, alternates, clergy, visitors and observers from around the diocese are St. Mark’s Church in San Marcos and St. Stephen’s Church in Wimberly.
Registration will open at IO a.m. Thursday and Council will convene at 2 p.m. Opening service is at 5 p.m. and the institutaion of Bishop MacNaughton will be at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The site of the 7 a.m. Holy Eucharist on Friday will be St. Stephen’s in Wimberley. The 7 a.m. service on Saturday will be celebrated at St. Mark’s in San Marcos. Council convenes at 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
Major events of the Council include a report from the Department of Camps and Conferences on the conference colter and a State of the Church report. The 297 lay delegates and 120 clergy from 94 churches, including St. John’s Episcopal Church
in New Braunfels, will also consider four resolutions and hear numerous reports from boards, commissions, and departments.
Dinner Friday night will be served at the coliseum at 7:30 p.m. This will be a buffet dinner featuring foods from the countries whose flags have flown over Texas. At last count, that was approximately six. Banquet tickets are $20. Call St. John’s Episcoal Church office if you are not a delegate and wish to attend.
Several of St. John’s choir members will join with other choirs from San Marcos and Seguin to sing at the opening service and institution of Bishop MacNauighton Thursday.
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