Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Adoration and Mass for the Conference

The Daughters of St Paul will be over from Boston and hold an hour of Adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for us!

The parish has a 4PM Mass that Saturday.

We will keep you posted on other additions to the Spiritual side of our Conference.

(And Praise the Lord who always sends some encouragement when we need it!)

Friday, April 24, 2009

New Speaker Announced!

Our conference will be blessed with a wonderful Catholic homeschool dad:

Dr. William Edmund Fahey
Professor of Humanities and Provost

Dr. William Edmund Fahey earned an Honors A.B. from Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) in Classics and History. Afterwards, Fahey pursued postgraduate studies in Ancient History at University of St. Andrews (Scotland), where he completed the M.Phil. (mode A) in Ancient History. He earned both the M.A. and Ph.D. (with highest distinction) in Early Christian Studies from the Catholic University of America. He has held a number of distinguished fellowships, including the Thomas Savage, SJ Fellowship for excellence in Humanities; the Russell Trust Award of the University of St. Andrews; The McGuire-Peebles Fellowship at the Catholic University of America; the Richard M. Weaver Fellowship; the Marguerite Eyer Wilbur Fellowship; two Earhart Fellowships; and was a Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation (Washington, DC). His archeological work has led him to Wales, the south-east coast of England, eastern Turkey and the Alpine valleys in Italy.

William Fahey came to Thomas More College after nearly a decade of teaching at Christendom College (Front Royal, Virginia), where he established the Department of Classical and Early Christian Studies, of which he was Chairman. Dr. Fahey also taught at The Catholic University of America, as well as at Brookfield Academy (Wisconsin) and the American Academy (St. Davids, Pennsylvania).

Dr. Fahey's scholarly interests extend from the Classical World through the Fathers of the Church to the importance of Agrarian thought on past and contemporary culture. In addition to Cicero, Virgil, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, and St. Gregory the Great, he has an especial interest in the writings of G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, and Fr. Vincent McNabb. He has published in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, The St. Austin Review, Faith & Reason, The University Bookman, Classical World, and The Classical Bulletin. Dr. Fahey has recently finished co-editing (with Joseph Pearce) a volume of Hilaire Belloc's political thought, as well as an anthology on the principle of subsidiarity. He is currently translating St. Robert Bellarmine's political writings.
Dr. Fahey is a Benedictine Oblate (novice) with the Monastery of Our Lady of the Annunciation (Clear Creek, Oklahoma).
He and his wife Amy - a doctor in English literature from Washington University, St. Louis, and an M.Phil. from St. Andrews, Scotland - have four children: Helena (10), Mary (6), Catriona (4), and William (1). Dr. Fahey's family has lived in Massachusetts and Maine since the Eighteenth Century and he has a keen interest in the history of the region.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I was tagged on Facebook but thought I'd share here. I need something funto post about!

The ABC's of Mary

You've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with the ABC's of YOU. At the end, choose 26 people to be tagged. You have to tag me so really you just need 25 more people. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you - but not in a creepy stalker kind of way.
(To do this on Facebook, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your ABC's of Me, tag 26 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)
For my Blogspot Followers and Lurkers--Tag!

A - Age: 44
B - Bed size: Full or in the twin next to an awake 5 year old or on the couch worrying about a teen
C - Chore you hate: undoing other's laundry mistakes
D - Dog's name: Guy passed away after 15 years, I am not interested in another!
E - Essential start your day item: Coffee, Coffee and more coffee, need to get my am prayer routine back.
F - Favorite color: I like bright colors too much sometimes, lately its green
G - Gold or Silver: silver
H - Height: 5'2" and I expect I'll shrink
I - I am: Learning to live as a Beloved Daughter of the King, Passing Grade, no A's
J - Job: mother, wife, homeschool teacher, Director of Western Mass Catholic Homeschoolers, student,
K - Kids: Jeffery, Lissa, David, Sarah, Marie, Zoe (with an umlaut) and Leslie (2 souls in Heaven)
L - Living arrangements: House in Highlands of Holyoke 2 semi adults still here part time.
M - Mom's name: Mum, Dee or Dianne(2 n's please!)
N - Nicknames: Marty--- That's what I type when I go to fast on the computer.
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Once, result of migraine.
P - Pet Peeve: Not being heard
Q - Quote from a movie: - As you wish, Princess Bride (or maybe Don't call me Shirley, Airplane)
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: 6 younger sisters and 1 younger brother
T - Time you wake up: too soon
U- Underwear: Yes?
V - Vegetable you dislike: squash
W - Ways you run late: See: Kids, also Pet Peeve.
X - X-rays you've had: foot, chest and dental.
Y - Yummy food you make: Sour dough bread
Z - Zoo favorite: McCrays

Monday, April 20, 2009

The power of words

This week our co-op took time out to discuss some difficult issues. We did this within age-separated classes so we could be age appropriate in our discussions. The topics stemmed from mean comments on our private site for them and then a recent child suicide. The child was known to one of our families and only almost 12.
In our Little Flowers class I let them make construction paper flowers while directing a discussion about how we show virtues to others we see in a way that helps them gain the virtue. I found it helpful to write down for the girls specific places like home, church, class and neighborhood. I worked with them till we were very specific: Saying a Rosary can be out of Faith but may not show Faith to another. Saying, "Let's try again," and writing JMJ on the top of the science lab paper might show Faith to your partner.
I was far more direct to my teens in writing class. I have watched this group grow up. They were between 3 and 6 when the Columbine shootings happened 10 years ago today. They were innocent and oblivious. Now they are becoming young men and women and suffering all the ails of adolescence.
I began with a list of literature that allows great character study, the name of yesterday's feast: Divine Mercy, and the name of our class: writing. I told them I would have failed if I did not, over the year, help them to grow in their ability to communicate their Faith and hope well. I told them why we were doing this talk, talked about the young man and his despair. "We won't let this pass without talking to you about it because you are too precious to us." (I didn't lose it.)
We discussed the vocabulary of despair: depression, compassion, mercy. Had I told my son before that despair is losing faith that God could solve your problems or heal you? I can't remember. But today it happened.

And I meant what I said my beloved young friends:

All of us in this co-op are here for you if you need to talk: your parents, teachers, friends, Fr. Marek, Fr. Henry. and that if God can fix me--- He can fix anything!

I am so proud of all of you for handling the discussion with maturity and open hearts. You are a real blessing to me and your parents.

Mrs. B

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Not much posting

Its been a very difficult and confusing time for us. The lack of posts has a lot to do with how little I am allowed to share creating writing blocks. Nothing seems as important to me as those things I can't share.
This morning was Egg Day--- All the cousins gathering to color eggs together and it was good chaos. I'm very grateful for the 'extra' cousins and sisters-of-the-heart that join us.
Tonight is Easter vigil-- always recharges me.

I hope your Easter is peaceful and hopeful.

Friday, April 10, 2009


Last night our own Fred Marion sang Gethsemene from Jesus Christ Superstar before the Holy Thursday Mass. That's when Holy Week finally hits me--- he voice is powerful and he truly captures the agony in the Garden.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Rest in Peace

Our dear friend Ester has lost her father to a massive heart attack. Please pray for the repose of his soul, his wife and their whole family. Ester is the creator of Catholic Mother's Online and write's at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii and 11 other blogs covering topics as far ranging as knitting, ProLife and Pets.

Peace Ester! Love to your wonderful son and husband!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Idea for end of Lent

"This year, I will not buy new clothes, as I want to break from the tradition of "appearing" to have changed, but rather, I will, with His grace, wear something I already own, but don it as a new person in Christ. A new person from within. "

I love this idea!
From an old school mate K at Cirque de moi

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Mother of Sorrows

Pray for us now and at the hour of our death, Amen