By Peggy Weber

How many husbands did the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor have?

And what does this have to do with renewing the Catholic Church?

Hang on, there is a connection.

I am certain that many people can say that the recently-deceased movie star had seven husbands. She was married eight times but twice to the same man. And I am also certain that most people know who he is. (See the end of the blog for the list of Elizabeth’s spouses.)

There’s nothing wrong with knowing trivia about movie stars. However, with the number seven in mind, can you name the seven sacraments?

This image should help. I think most Catholics can pass that test. Still it might be interesting to see whether we know more about Elizabeth Taylor or Charlie Sheen or the Kardashian Sisters than we do about our faith.

Now, take a moment and see if you can name 12 players on your favorite team. Let’s say you are a Red Sox fan. Can you name  a dozen from the 2004 or 2007 World Championship rosters?


Did 12 names come to mind?

Great, now name the 12 Apostles.

Honestly, I cannot do all 12  off the top of my head. The names of  Ramirez, Martinez, Ortiz and Dave Roberts come to mind more quickly. (To see the complete list of Apostles, go to the bottom of the page.)

So what matters to me more, baseball or God? Well, someone watching me get upset over a blown lead during a spring training game, might say baseball. But truly, I know that without faith my life has no meaning.

So I guess this means I have to do better. I have to learn those Apostles’ names.

And I have to devote more time and interest regarding my beloved faith.

So here is one more question. If you had a chance to go to a day spa  or play golf all day for only $25 or $30 would you?

Well, the Diocese of Springfield is offering two great chances to go to a spiritual spa. The Catholic Men’s Conference is next Saturday, April 2. And the Catholic Women’s Conference is Saturday, April 16. Both offer a chance for great spiritual renewal. Sister Olga of the Eucharist will be talking about “Zeal for Our Faith” and how we can help renew our church at the women’s event.

This is a great chance to show that our faith matters to us as much as news about Elizabeth Taylor. Now do you get the connection?

So call 452-0811 for the men’s conference or  452-0812 for the women’s conference.

Make a commitment and show the world that our faith is alive and well.


1 Conrad “Nicky” Hilton 1950-51
2 Actor Michael Wilding 1952-57
3 Actor Michael Todd 1957-58 
4 Musician Eddie Fisher 1959-64
5 Actor Richard Burton 1964-74 and 1975-76
6 Senator John Warner 1976-82
7 Larry Fortensky 1991-1996

   The names of the 12 Apostles of Jesus are, Simon Peter, James, John, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James, Judas, Simon Zelotes and Judas Iscariot.

And Charity Mathias made an important observationwhen she wrote: ” Dear Peggy  What about the apostle Matthias who took the place of Judas!” She’s right! Sorry we forgot to list him!