Cathy's Parish Calendar
Why does the 2007 calendar that my parish gave out at the beginning of the year have art by a Mormon?
Are there NO modern Roman Catholic artists capable of illustrating a calendar? I'm pretty sure the answer to that question is: no.
I really looked at my calendar today. The artwork for this month depicts The Agony in the Garden at Gethsemene-as we Catholics usually refer to the event. In this case, the artwork is titled: The Olive Press. But, I ask you, where's the Agony? I mean, this Jesus looks like He's lounging around waiting for someone to come by with dinner. He looks a little perturbed, not agonized. Where's the blood? Where's the Angel with the Cup? His nimbus is so faint, He could almost be any man. Look at the background. The Apostles are supposed to be sleeping. Here it looks like they are swooning. Who sleeps standing up? Well, I suppose some people do. I witness the phenomenon of people sleeping standing up, daily, at work.
When I looked at every month, it occurred to me that this art looks a lot like the art that adorns my Mormon friends home.
Sure enough, the artist Delwin (Del) Parson is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have nothing against Mr. Parson's (what a name!) religious interpretation; it's fine if you are a PROTESTANT. But, this calendar is in use in a Roman Catholic parish. Possibly, many parishes. This calendar has Protestant perspectives of Biblical events.
The name of the calendar is God's Gift and it is printed by Norwood. It has my parishes worship times and address on it. It also has the major Roman Catholic Feast days and Holy Days of Obligation.
But, who is responsible for ordering these calendars? The parish? Does the Archdiocese get a bulk rate? I don't know who to take this issue up with because I don't know how the process of getting these calendars works. If anyone knows, please comment.
Notes: There is a larger image available here. Also, there is more of Mr. Parson's work from this calendar on this page. Not everything on that page is in the calendar but several of the artworks are.