July 15th, 2009

Everyday Catholicism

All right, in my story, the main character is a lapsed Catholic trying to get back into it in his new hometown. It's in a West Virginia, USA town, relatively small population, and as I don't have much of a Catholic background, I was hoping for some details: What are the typical hours for a Catholic Church, like, access-wise? Are there typical hours for confession? How easy-access is the priest? How accepting would they be of a new person and how would he become a member of the church? Any details would be extremely helpful, particularly everyday details. Thanks for any help.

ETA: Wow! Thank you, everyone, so much for the help. It's definitely going to help my story. *^_____^*

street life, pstd, first hand experience drug resource posts.

a short list of firsthand experience resource posts on lj by writers for writers.

the first two may have been posted here already, but if not, here they are:

- Dear [not just urban fantasy] Author by kaigou deals with street life in general.

- A User's Guide to PTSD by rachelmanija

drug use:

- apiphile offers her experiences with ecstasy (there's additional input from others in edits and commentary)

- strangecreature shares about weed/marijuana

- jumpthesnark chats about meth.

and of course, there's always http://www.erowid.com/

911 protocol

My character's stumbled upon a dead body and has called 911. The dispatcher takes the relevant information and gets cops on their way to her. There is absolutely no chance that the character could do any sort of CPR to try and save the victim -- he's pretty much in pieces. My question -- once the dispatcher knows all the pertinent details and cops are on their way, would s/he disconnect and free the line up for other calls, or stay on the line with the woman until the police arrived?

searches: 911 protocol, 911 stay on the line
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