We were scheduled to see the Franciscan Sisters in Mishawaka but when that fell through, we headed just North and spent some time with the Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame (I saw Touchdown Jesus while driving in but the kids couldn't figure out who I meant). The kids are so cute. I guess the whole "post-secondary education" concept is still a bit foreign to them. Since they have a few years to decide on majors and universities, I'm not too alarmed.
We picked up our "Mass pass" (an hour or so of free parking!) and headed into the gated community. I will say this; we were traveling, as we usually do, with only guidance from above and we met some of the kindest people ever. One woman took me to an extremely plush bathroom in the administration building (perhaps we looked desperate?) and another man walked us to our car after we got turned around and couldn't find the correct parking lot. A+ Notre Dame - you are living the corporal works!
When we got there, we had almost an hour before Mass started (and, truthfully, I didn't think we'd last that long) so we took a walk to the grotto to say some prayers, visit St. Bernadette ;0) and light some candles for our friends near and far.
Finally time to head to the city! We drove for another hour or so and were welcomed several miles out by the traffic that is Chicago. Again, thankful for the video, we made it!