Going Offline, Single Catholics Hit Movie Night


When I saw Catholic Match’s ad for a Singles Movie Nite viewing of “There Be Dragons,” I immediately knew this would be something to not only attend, but organize a trip to as well.

I soon thereafter posted an RSVP to the Boston, Mass., event and, just to hedge my bets, I put one in for Providence, R.I., as well. Little did I know that getting there would provide almost as much drama as the movie itself!

While I had initially favored Boston, a series of circumstances in the days leading up to the event would change everything.  First, I found the Boston showing was changed to 10:40 pm due to someone buying out the 7:40 pm showing.  Second, I learned via CatholicMatch’s RSVP email update that someone had also bought out the 7:00 pm showing at the Providence movie theater. However, this person was giving the tickets away and CatholicMatch had obtained the info on how to get the tickets.

Even more interesting, the place where they were giving the tickets away just happened to be the same town I live in and just happened to be on my way to work. Perhaps the good Lord wanted to make a point having it in Providence, because that’s what it felt like.

With a haste and efficiency normally reserved for filing taxes on April 15, I set the wheels in motion to move the local gathering from Boston to Providence.  A few phone calls here, an email or two there and, boo-YAH, it was done.

Now for the event itself.


Spontaneous applause

First, the movie.  I laughed, I cried, I saved $10.

It turns out others did as well. In fact, so well received was the movie that the packed house audience applauded after the movie was over – a rarity these days.

Even my friend Paul liked the movie and he doesn’t normally like movies.

I don’t want to give any spoilers to those who still haven’t seen it, but I did want to say that the movie portrayed St. Josemaria Escriva, the priesthood and the Catholic Church in an honest and fair light. That, too, is a rarity these days.

After the movie, we went to All American Joe’s, where CatholicMatch arranged for attendees to get free appetizers with the presentation of four movie ticket stubs from the movie.  It turns out there was only one other group who took advantage of the offer and they were too shy for the camera. No worries – the table I was at had a lively discussion and a good time for the remainder of the evening.

All in all, I would say this event was a success and I am grateful to those at CatholicMatch who helped organize everything.

Would I recommend CatholicMatch doing something like this in the future, even with some of the logistical challenges faced?


Anything to get us CMers out from behind the computer screen and into the real world to meet up with each other is a good thing.

Till the next movie event, I’ll see y’all in the forums.


Written by CatholicMatch member John-43975



  1. Jacqueline-198 May 17, 2011 Reply

    Guess it was Provident (wink, wink) that you made it to that particular showing!! I was able to get the tickets but sadly wasn’t able to attend however I offered my tickets to a fellow CMer who works in New York, he enjoyed, however, he did joke..’where’s the free popcorn?!” Looking forward to watching this movie with fellow CMers from the TriState area…event anyone?

  2. Melissa-155765 May 17, 2011 Reply

    wow! its great to hear that the tickets were bought out AND the movie was so well received! i have been waiting to hear feedbacks about this movie. I can’t wait for it to be shown here in the Philippines.. well done, CM! 🙂

  3. Kathleen L. May 10, 2011 Reply

    Linda, Maybe now that 4marks.com is no longer in business, Catholic Match will bring back the local event planning tool it used to have for CM’ers. Events like this would be posted in it.

  4. Crystal-486010 May 9, 2011 Reply

    glad to hear your event went so well! i went with a large group of girls from my church–we were all eagerly awaiting the movie AND the after-movie event. the movie was exceptional! unfortunately, we were the only ones who turned out for the after-movie event. in any case, we made the best of it and ended up chatting away until midnight. all of us resolved to help publicize future CM events so the meetups will actually serve their purpose of getting us meeting one another! 🙂

  5. Karen-473637 May 9, 2011 Reply

    Glad to hear it went over so well out East. I’m waiting for it to come to my state… or somewhere within 120 miles.

  6. Linda-710261 May 9, 2011 Reply

    I think this is great. I just wish I had known about it. I really want to get out from behind the darn computer. If there is anything I can do to help with future programs please let me know. How about a regularly scheduled coffee shop or dinner get together . When my husband died I moved to a town where I know no one but family. Would love to make some new friends.


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