Catholic Men, Benedictine Beer, and Star Wars Trivia

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Before I started having children and found myself moving to the lush green fields of sub-rural north Texas, I was part of a small group of Catholic men who met weekly to enjoy the subtle variations in exotic flavors of different hops-based beverages. This was not a parochially sanctioned gathering to edify ourselves in the ways of Roman Catholic living. This was simply an opportunity to take a few moments out of the various commitments in our lives to spend time together in fellowship and experience a small taste of solidarity as our complimentary intelligences evoked appropriate solutions to what can at best be described as a trivial trivia contest.

This time was almost sacred to us. There were many times when one of us would find ourselves necessarily absent, but knowing that the others would be there to represent our merry band gave us a certain sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves. Knowing that consistently, every week, we would be able to experience the brotherhood of our camaraderie in competition versus the unknown masses of the modern world, even in something as trivial as quotations from the long ago syndicated comedic television serial known as “The Golden Girls” gave us a certain sense of security that was difficult to miss.

These gatherings did not ask anything of us. There was no attendance roll to fill out, there were no sign in sheets. There was no dress code, there were no agendas. There was no request for volunteers, there were no dues to be collected. There were simply a table full of good men enjoying a couple of frosty beverages and each others company bonded together under a new, if mildly tasteless, team name. There was, however, one common goal: winning the ten dollar gift certificate that would allow us to deduct anywhere from twenty-five cents to two dollars and fifteen cents from our next week’s libations bill!

All of this was only possible because of “Trivia Night.”  If you are looking for a way to inspire this kind of fellowship and devotion to your gathered individuals in search of something greater than themselves, allow me to recommend the next best thing to the experience that I so thoroughly enjoyed with my band of brothers.

ProjectYM.com has come into possession of a set of slides designed to tickle the brain of the most trivially minded Catholic/sci-fi aficionados. Allow your friends and companions to combine their passions and brainpower while competing in the greatest of all gathered trivia games.

Introducing:
Catholic or SciFi
Catholic or Sci-Fi

This interactive trivia game designed to connect with everyone, from the extremely Catholic to the extremely other-worldly. For only two dollars you will receive a digital download of ten rounds of some of the most challenging and creative forced-decision-based queries in the known universe! Episode 1 is now available and with Episode 2 already in post-production, don’t be late to the next greatest game in town! With content from the infamous Chris Wesley, already well known for his mad Rebuildingskills and Rebuiltaffiliations, design by The E Word specialist Michael Marchand, and including both PowerPoint files and independent graphic files (for those of you so advanced in the levels of holy geekdom that you must use PC alternative softwares), you can’t lose with this awesome group-building digital game…unless you choose the wrong answers!

May the force be with you, and with your Spirit…

Scott Dougherty

Scott Dougherty is the Director of Ministry Development for Perpetual Motion Ministries and a co-founder of Project YM. His professional ministry career has included time as a camp missionary, Jr. High Youth Minister, Diocesan YM Special Initiative Director, RCIA Director, and Coordinator of Faith Formation for Children and Adults. Scott has a young family that includes his 4 kids; Jonah Thomas, Gabriel Joseph, Lucy Anne, and newest addition Francis Kelly III. He would be incapable of completing the simplest of tasks if not for his amazing wife Jennifer. He travels the country consulting with ministry professionals and developing programs designed to engage the unique charisms of each parish.


Scott Dougherty


Scott Dougherty is the Director of Ministry Development for Perpetual Motion Ministries and a co-founder of Project YM. His professional ministry career has included time as a camp missionary, Jr. High Youth Minister, Diocesan YM Special Initiative Director, RCIA Director, and Coordinator of Faith Formation for Children and Adults. Scott has a young family that includes his 4 kids; Jonah Thomas, Gabriel Joseph, Lucy Anne, and newest addition Francis Kelly III. He would be incapable of completing the simplest of tasks if not for his amazing wife Jennifer. He travels the country consulting with ministry professionals and developing programs designed to engage the unique charisms of each parish.



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