Holy Happy Hour

–There is Hope and This Too Shall Pass

Introducing COVID-19. People are experiencing isolation, strict guidelines, missing loved ones, even death.

It seems to be going on for so long, cabin fever, protest against Civil Liberties being challenged or being taken away. But there comes a moment in my thought process, “Okay,” I am ready to put things in motion.  So today I said to my husband, let’s have a few people over from our circle of friends in the church for Turkey Tacos!  Although it’s not a large group, these are friends who need to know that things are going to be okay, and the new norm is beginning.  So, we invited 6 people who have been doing all the right things to keep safe, and they are ready to socialize again, with caution.

The joy is uplifting already as the response to the invite came quickly.

I trust in God, (having gone through cancer twice in my life). However, I trust that if we do our part, God will do His part, and so the menu is: Turkey Tacos, Chips, Salsa, Spanish Rice, Beans, homemade Tortillas, and best of all “Spirits for the Soul!  I took the following from a great book called “Drinking with The Saints” a Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour by Michael P. Foley: A Great Book!

April 25th St. Mark (Quoted from the Book)

St. Mark the Evangelist is traditionally believed to have been a disciple of St Peter, who’s memories of Our Lord, Mark recorded in his Gospel. Many also conjecture that Mark is referring to himself when he mentions the man who fled naked from the Garden of Gethsemane. Mark eventually journeyed to Alexandria to spread the faith, where he was martyred by being dragged through the streets.

Because St. Mark’s Day is associated with a particular legend about Pope St. Gregory the Great, it has become an occasion for eating cherries, drinking them.  So, here is the Recipe for the Spirit of today:


St. Mark

¾ oz. of gin

¾ oz. dry vermouth

½ oz. cherry liqueur (e.g. Cherry Herring)

½ oz. grisaille (red currant) syrup, or grenadine.

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until very cold.  Strain into a cocktail glass.

So put away the fear, be Prudent and Wise, and have Hope!


May St. Mark the Lion plant the faith firmly in our hearts, and as St. John Paull II often said “Be Not Afraid” 


Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.

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