Tuesday, April 29, 2008

This and that

April 23, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--On Friday, April 18, a news release concerning the 2008 Worldwide Pentecost Novena (May 1 to May 10) was sent to various Catholic news agencies throughout the world which announced an international novena calling for the praying of the Rosary and other prayers from May 1 (Ascension) to May 10 (Pentecost) for the intention of a "new Pentecost" for the Church and the world in our troubled day.
Since this release, it has come to our attention that Pope Benedict XVI, during his U.S. papal visit, made the specific request for the grace of a "new Pentecost for the Church in America." On April 19 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Pope Benedict stated: "As we give thanks for past blessings, and look to the challenges of the future, let us implore from God the grace of a new Pentecost for the Church in America. May tongues of fire, combining burning love of God and neighbor with zeal for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom, descend on all present!"
It is precisely the intention of the 2008 Worldwide Pentecost Novena to expand the expressed request of Pope Benedict to implore God for the grace of a new Pentecost for the Universal Church and for the entire world.
To obtain a copy of the novena, please visit the following link:
www.mariansolidarity.com

If I remember I'll link to last year's Novena. It's one I love!!! In High School I would go on the Impact retreat at the Passionist Monastery in West Springfield, MA on Pentecost weekend. We always ended with Mass out in the windy field between ancient trees. It was heaven itself.

I'm also thinking about the whole Miley Cirus thing. I know I'm older then some (OK Many) but who did not see this coming? Every teen, child and ADULT makes mistakes. When a teen in Hollywood makes a mistake the impact on your kid depends on how much influence You have allowed that person to have on your child. We have watched the show but it is not a regular thing. Even our beloved Sci Fi is turned off when the topic is inappropriate for kids. Sad is when America's Top Model ads were running around a show that was good for the kids.
There is no getting around the junk out there. Be "in the world not of it" means warning your child -before their favorite star does the stupid thing that they will do- not to be fooled. Just because it looks good doesn't mean it is.
I also agree with the Morning show psychologist (shock) that we also need to include the lesson about second chances. Thank God I've been given second chances, and daily. Who could handle life without them? If Miley Cyrus handles this as well as I think she may, if her parents take responsibility, then the lesson will be even better.

I have to say it even if I have to go to Confession: I took so much scorn for not encouraging my oldest daughter to idolize Britanney and look where she ended up! We have a Great God! We do not need idols.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

First Place!



Our Challenge Club, F.I.S.H. won First Place at the RI regional Video competition. This has been edited for the girls privacy eliminating the credits.

PS This is my second attempt and blogger doesn't seem happy so let me know if it doesn't work for you.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

My week

Artist Olea Nova does some increrdible artwork about migraine pain. I looked at it again this week because mine are back with a vengeance. Its almost better when they're regular-- when I get used to the pain and when its coming I'm prepared and I'm motivated to avoid my triggers. Right now I'm just too tired for that. I have a month left of school but at the same time I'll need to cut back on caffeine, no more wine, get excercise, avoid chocolate, scents, cheese, insomnia and, of course, stress.
Anyone with children, teens, a house knows that that is impossible. So I guess I just need to go with the flow more but I'm not very good at that on pain filled days and that's the Catch 22.
So pray for my headaches and my poor family.

I have also had some good things: my daughter's Challenge Retreat was fun for her, we had a field trip to CPTV's Science EXPO, etc.

Well off I go: time for lunch then delivering Palanca to the Cursillo. Another prayer request: my Daddy is having his first time being Lay Spiritual Director on a retreat. The priest and deacon will be there as often as they can but with fewer priests none can spend 4 whole days away from their parish work anymore so Lay people are doing the 3 talks. I am so proud of him! God made a great calling there.

PS Happy Easter to my Orthodox friends!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Missing in action

Yes its only been a few days but it'll be a few more. For one I've been in a 'mood' that will only be solved but sleep, cutting caffeine, finishing the school year and finishing menopause. I was also trying to enjoy the Pope's visit. (Not easy when everyone else has other things on their agenda.)
Other things I need to tackle are the newsletter, my plan for school next year, and helping my daughter figure out financing for college.
We also decided to put off a long list of "it would be nice to have's " in order to pay off my van early. We are not pleased with the company we bought the car from or the financing they arranged for us. I'd rather give my interest money to anyone other than that company although we won't mess up our good credit to do it.
But may I make a plug for AAA and AAA VISA and what a wonderful thing to deal with such a great company.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

The Virtues, Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit and Blogging?
In some parts of cyber space Blogging and virtue are so opposite as to be from different galaxies! But of course temptation comes from all places and Catholic bloggers, not only are no exception, but have been falling to temptation left and right. In fact as my friend Ester points out, our sin is then out there for public viewing. DH would remind us all that we are 'practicing' Catholics--- not saints yet. And of course there are those who will not start down a path of faith because they know where and how often they'll fail. Who wants them to think they are alone in their failures? But we are supposed to be journeying toward Heaven together and that means making God's will our own.
So Diane K will be discussing these in light of the catechism and some intelligent priest she goes to for Spiritual direction at Virtuous Catholic Blogging. you may know her from her main blog Te Deum laudamus.
I'll be spending more time there as I think about this and offer my Novena for all of you.

But....

Can you live without your computer for a day?

It is obvious that without computers we would find our life extremely difficult, maybe even impossible. If they disappeared for just one day, would we be able to cope? Be part of one of the biggest global experiments ever to take place on the Internet. The idea behind Shutdown Day is to find out how many people can go without a computer for one whole day, and what will happen if we all participate! Shutdown your computer on 03 May 2008 and find out!

I have no idea but I will try. Only because it is also First Communion Day!

Did considering the urge help?

Yes-- 1. race through end of year testing even though they aren't up to it and I was sent one incorrect test..Because 3 kids are done! They didn't do too badly and Seton sent the correct test for Sarah. She needs some catch up first though.

Yes --2.Quit teaching at home and get a job, hire a maid, and go back to school. But I won't. This mood always passes quickly. Because I did get quite a few things cleaned and put some thought into mood controlers like tea, vitamins, a stroll with my husband.

No---3. Drive non stop and immediately to New Jersey to hug my sister and clean her house for her so she can put up her feet and love this new baby!" However its only a few days till she gets here for baby sister Sheila's shower this weekend!!

No---4. delete all my emails waiting to be read and start with a clean slate." I did Ester! When we changed addresses. it was awesome! ---Because apparently I've been email arguing with the wrong person about the lack of infor on the Boy Scout trip. He's as frustrated as I am. Next trip I am assured we will have information.

Yes--5. spend money on music lessons for the kids Because we are talking budget again instead of just hoping we are on the same page. We really should be able to make it work.

Yes-- 6. start going to daily Mass even if it means bringing all the kids at 8:30 Because next school year that will be the plan except on co-op day.

Yes--7. spend the whole day locked in my room with EWTN and my quilt. Because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Once my Sarah catches up it will be the priority to finish those quilts. It may involve Red Sox too since one hour of prime time EWTN around here is there Cataloge hour. I don't need more stuff!!

Yes-- 8. Have another night out alone with just one of the kids. It will happen even though I don't know when.

Yes-- 9. spend the whole day practicing my guitar Because I did pretty well on the Wedding Song for our friends anniversary Mass Sunday. And having the guitar out means I can sneak in 10 mins here and there.

Yes--10. A whole night with Mum and no distractions: booked for after the next shower! Because Moms get smarter and smarter the older I get! I'm also looking forward to evenings at the Cape with my in laws. The guys go to sleep early and handle breakfast duty. My MIL and I sit up reading.
(BTW David and Sarah have been practicing cribbage and I really have to get them a set of WRITTEN rules to cut down the arguments! But they will be ready for the summer tournaments.)

Friday, April 11, 2008

Nice Distraction before I restart school.

The "I've got the urge to..." meme

I was tagged by the lovely Ester. Mahalo (I love that word now!)

She said, " I needed a distraction today." I agree.

1. race through end of year testing even though they aren't up to it and I was sent one incorrect test..
2.Quit teaching at home and get a job, hire a maid, and go back to school. But I won't. This mood always passes quickly.
3. Drive non stop and immediately to New Jersey to hug my sister and clean her house for her so she can put up her feet and love this new baby!
"4. delete all my emails waiting to be read and start with a clean slate." I did Ester! When we changed addresses. it was awesome!
5. spend money on music lessons for the kids
6. start going to daily Mass even if it means bringing all the kids at 8:30
7. spend the whole day locked in my room with EWTN and my quilt.
8. Have another night out alone with just one of the kids. I took Marie out for her First Communion Dress last night and we had time for everything: shoes, haircut, ears pierced (her gift) and Ice Cream!
9. spend the whole day practicing my guitar
10. A whole night with Mum and no distractions: booked for after the next shower!

:-)Now the fun part. I tag:

Cheryl
Christine

Nori
Dad2best7

And any other brave soul-- in fact it would be cool if just one of my related lurkers tried -- you know who are!

PS I couldn't post yesterday for some reason but: Congratulations Sue! My Sister in law quit smoking! One month already cold turkey. We are so proud of you and so happy you are already feeling better.

Babies

http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/i_cant_imagine_why_anybody?utm_source=onion_rss_daily

Thanks again to Danielle! Too. Too. Funny.

But only because my youngest is 4.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

New Catholic Homeschooling Message Board

http://www.catholichomeschooling.yuku.com/

Pass on the link! It would be great to get a majority of Catholic Homeschool Moms to have one link nationally.

Aunty again!!!

My dear sister Amy and her husband Dave are expecting their 10th on All Saint's Day!

This makes 27 grandchildren for Gramma and Poppa with one still to get married, not counting Foster's and various extras we claim on occasion.

Yeah! Amy take good care of yourself.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Assumption it is!

Here is the beautiful chapel and bells. Thank Fr. Aimé!

Monday, April 7, 2008

My hero

This is the plaque to Fr. A.Aime Deschamps, A.A. at the new library at Assumption College. I have vague memories of him as I was only 5 when he died. I remember feeding the ducks at the pond in front of campus. I remember visiting his relatives in New York-- the dog stealing my toast, a silly doll my sister and I were allowed to play with, a picture we looked at regularly of a ferry ride in the harbor.
Because of him though, I have other memories. Memories of hugs. Until my mother met the librarian of Assumption, during a high school program, she had never been hugged.
Can you imagine?
But he gave hugs, and inspiration, and joy. So even after his passing she sought them out. She taught herself to hug others and in turn taught countless others.
So Father Aime, (Alphonse was his first name before joining the Assumptionists) is my hero.

And so is my mother.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

My Saturday

Elizabeth is right but I just am not that good right now.


I spent me day at the secular state college that offered my daughter an amazing package. Tomorrow we visit the Catholic one we can't really afford. I keep wanting to ask Fr. Aimee for a miracle but I don't think its God's will.Oh well.

April is the Month of the Holy Eucharist

After months of prayer our homeschool support group was able to get other contributors to our newsletter. They are also willing to let us post their work if we take out phone numbers, etc. This should mean lots moree posts on our StBlogs site The Catholic Cathor. Here is the first of our articles in our new Spiritual Formation Page by Lynda.

We will also have a ProLife page by Karen, one time winner of the ProLifer of the Year award from Mass Citizens for Life.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Well if Danielle was brave enough to share....

"I want to be a gracious wife, not just a gracious hostess. Not just a lovely face to the public, but a comfort and a blessing to my husband. So, why bother with homemaking? Because God call us to be virtuous wives and He tells us that virtuous wives live in well-ordered homes.
Ouch."
Said by Elizabeth Foss.

Ditto the "Ouch."