Saturday, January 31, 2009

Father Daughter Dance

Father Daughter Dance 2009
February 7th Saturday night from 7 – 10PM
$5/ photograph available separatly.

Mater Dolorosa/ John Paul II Parish Center
Kolbe Drive Holyoke, MA

The new Chair couple is
Jason and Louise George of Holyoke.
They need to form a core committee. Volunteers needed for set up, balloons, snack area, photography and clean up.

Contact them at
or call 413-534-0724 or 413-262-8517
Tickets will be available at Highland Hardware on Hampden St. or Cooper Cottage on Northampton St.

As always the goal is to give our daughters a night to bond with Dad or a father-figure in their life and see how we value them! By showing how they ought to be treated we hope they will hold high standards for the young men in their futures.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

God Doesn't Make Mistakes

This little girl is in my daughters' co-op class.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Big News from our Diocesan Catholic Communications Office

Fyi -- the Real to Reel portion of the homeschooling story will air this Saturday, January 31st at 7 p.m. on Channel well as various cable outlets in the coming week. For more show times you can go to our website at
Teri Breguet

This included a visit to our First Friday in Southwick last spring and information on our upcoming New England Catholic Homeschool Conference!
With devotion to His Sacred Heart,Mary Brazeau and The Team at WMCHwmch.stblogs.com

Prayer Request

One of the girls I've known forever and had as a writing student for 2 years, is writing a letter to the Vocation Director of the Sisters of Life!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy!

This is the aisle. We used to tease that we'd all get married on the same day and let him wear sneakers to just go up and down 7 times in one day! But we did each get our own special day. So Happy Birthday Daddy! I'm so glad to be yours!

Friday, January 23, 2009

20 years of parenting!

Aren't you glad I didn't scan the pics from your first year?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Message from my mother

Both of my parents work for the Council on Aging in our city.

Hi, All.
I'm asking a BIG...but easy...favor of all of you. You do not have to be a resident of Holyoke and you can (please do) forward this to anyone you want. WE NEED A NEW SENIOR CENTER BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAADLY ! Ours is in the basement of the War Memorial Bldg...lots of dust and mold and cement floors...not ideal for seniors. We do not even have a window!One of our city councilors has a web site where you can vote for the most important needs for the city. Whether or not you like this guy is irrelevant. Would you please go to the site and cast a vote for a new senior center?

You get one vote per computer.Thank you very much for this...Love you allMum/Dee/Whomever

Monday, January 19, 2009

Don't even care if this is true or not! So funny!

I LOVE MY JOB . . . .
If you don't laugh out loud after you read this you are in a coma!
This is even funnier when you realize it's real! Next time you have a bad day at workthink of this guy. Rob is a commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisiana . He performs underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs. Below is an E-mail he sent to his sister. She then sent it to radio station 103.2 on FM dial in Ft. Wayne , Indiana , who was sponsoring a worst job experience contest. Needless to say, she won.

Hi Sue,
Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother. Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not so bad after all .
Before I can tell you what happened to me, I first must bore you with a few technicalities of my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wet suit. This time of year the water is quite cool. So what we do to keep warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats it to a delightful temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose.
Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I've used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wet suit. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like working in a Jacuzzi.
Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it. This only made things worse . Within a few seconds my butt started to burn. I pulled the hose out from myback, but the damage was done.
In agony I realized what had happened. The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack of my butt.
I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically. Needless to say I aborted the dive.
I was instructed to make three agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling thirty-five minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression. When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet.
As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't poop for two days because my butt was swollen shut.
So, next time you're having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your butt.
Now repeat to yourself, 'I love my job, I love my job, I love my job.'
Now whenever you have a bad day, ask yourself, is this a jellyfish bad day?
May you NEVER have a jellyfish bad day!!!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009

National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
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All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.
The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt. I signed legislation in 2003 to ban the cruel practice of partial-birth abortion, and that law represents our commitment to building a culture of life in America. Also, I was proud to sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which allows authorities to charge a person who causes death or injury to a child in the womb with a separate offense in addition to any charges relating to the mother.
America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals. We can achieve the great breakthroughs we all seek with reverence for the gift of life.
The sanctity of life is written in the hearts of all men and women. On this day and throughout the year, we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law. We also encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause. History tells us that with a cause rooted in our deepest principles and appealing to the best instincts of our citizens, we will prevail.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2009, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

HT Ester

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fine Art Friday

I never get to these but I always check out Ester's.
My art for the day was helping a 5 year old tape paper to a plastic pretzle bin for a drum (sorry sleeping teens!) and updating

All that work finding speakers and I had 2 columnists in our support group!!! Those modest ladies now have links on our pages under Members Blogs and Columns.

Check them out!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Facebook | Cameron Harwood's Photos - Jeff's New Hair Cut!

Facebook Cameron Harwood's Photos - Jeff's New Hair Cut!

Sur -prize!!!

I just found out my new friend from the homeschool co-op and bible study is a published author!
Letters to Mary from a Young Mother by Patrice M. Fagnant-MacArthur
Here is a book review at Catholic Exchange: review

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

He cut his hair!-- no picture :(

My oldest no longer looks like 'an old hippie' and his pony tail is on its way to Locks of Love. He looks handsome either way!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A daughter's Trust-- Updated!

Leslie: Daddy can you fix this? (holding a broken, plastic tiara)

Daddy: God couldn't fix this. ( You cannot superglue plastic of this type-- excuse the sarcasm)

Leslie: But Dadddy I asked you!

The picture is coming sooon but yes Daddy saved the day. A scrap of metal from making radiator covers and a roll of duct tape, decorated with stickers and we have a new tiara.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My new Nephew was born!

If you have Facebook--- I linked to my sister's pics of him. I didn't bring my camera. He is such a strong baby!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Prayers for Priests

Today is the Feast of Sts. Gregory and Basil the Great who were both friends and highly influenced our Church. This week my brothers order, The Council of St. Basil, will ordain 1 man and also 2 will take their final vows to the order. Please pray for all of them especially for safe travels.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year on this Feast of Mary, Mother of God!

Here is a story about our beloved church bells which will be named, christened and played in concert this coming Sunday, the feast of the Epiphany.