One Reason Catholic Church Attendance May Be Low

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Last night at my CFM class we were talking about how before Vatican II Catholic Churches were packed with people.  Since Vatican II many churches are lucky to be even half full.  Attendance at church is down drastically.  There was a discussion that many blamed it on Vatican II.

I know that in the 20th century we cannot blame Vatican II for the low attendance rate.  I have three young children and I see that many sports have practices and games on Sundays.  Birthday parties are being thrown on Sundays and Saturday nights.  Sundays have no longer been classified as a church day to many.

We as parents are the ones who should put God back in first place.  We can either chose to take a stance and say no to practice and games on Sundays or make it a point to get to Saturday evening mass.  If we are not there for games on Sunday then the people who make the schedules will have to stop because there will be no kids to play.  Yet, we don’t.  We are not teaching our kids that God should be first.  We are teaching them that being the best at sports is more important.  Our priorities are getting messed up.  We would rather go to a party than spend an hour in church.  We have to just say no.

I want my children to know that we have everything thanks to God and that the least we can do is give him an hour of our time on Sundays or Saturday evenings to say thank you.  They are being taught to be altar servers at church because it is the volunteering of all of us that keeps the church going.  When my daughter has received her communion I will once again volunteer to be a Eucharistic Minister and show them that mommy volunteers too.

Together we can help make the churches full again!

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Do You Suffer From Anxiety?

Anxiety is realAnxiety is a real thing and if you do not have it you probably do not get it. You do not get why someone would not be able to leave their home or get in a car or be around people. You may see someone who seems ‘normal’ on the outside but have no clue what is going on inside.

Anxiety sucks. It is not fun to have and it’s worse when people around you just do not get it or even try to get it. It can consume you if you let it. It can affect all aspects of your life from the time you get up to when you go to bed. There are all different kinds of levels and all kinds of things that can affect it.

An anxiety attack is a monster of its own. Not everyone who has anxiety gets them and someone who does not usually have anxiety may get one. They are scary. You feel as though you are suffocating and just can’t breathe. Minutes seem like eternity.

For those who have been lucky enough to never suffer from anxiety please understand that it is real and can impact someone you love. Please think before you judge someone because you truly do not know what they are struggling with inside.

For those who suffer know that you are not alone and you do not need to face it alone. You would be surprised at how many suffer on some level with it and just do not talk about it. Talking about it may help you. Talk with a family member, friend or seek the help of your doctor.

Here are some websites that you may find helpful;

National Institute of Mental Health

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Let us all keep those who suffer from anxiety in our prayers that God will be with them and help them in their time of need.

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Sharing the Christmas Spirit

As Christmas approaches I have created a calendar to teach my children about sharing the true meaning of Christmas.  I want to teach my children to love one another and to take care of fellow humans.

Here is a calendar for the month of December with little things we all can do to help make the world a better place. It all starts at home.

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Another Way of Looking At Things


Never Doubt the Power of Prayer (2)

My heart has been breaking.  It broke a little extra with the recent events in Paris.  It brought me back to Aug 2104 when the first American died at the hands of ISIS, James Foley.  My heart broke then and just continues to break.  Why has nothing changed but only gotten worse?  What is being done?

I’m helpless and it sucks.  Or am I?  I can’t control the government or make anyone stop ISIS.  I can’t stop people from joining them.  I can’t protect those in their path.  I can’t take away the pain or suffering that so many are feeling at the hands of ISIS.

So what can we do?  Pray, pray and pray some more.  The power of prayer is unimaginable.  It is bigger than anything we know.  When we pray though, most of us are praying for those who have died, suffered, and were tortured.  We pray for their loved ones, also the people in leadership positions and those risking their lives every day to protect and care for all of us.  However, we have to go above and beyond.

We need to pray for the leaders of ISIS, the soldiers of ISIS, the suicide bombers and those individuals considering joining ISIS.  We have to pray for the conversion of their hearts and souls.

We have to rise above them.  Be bigger than them.  We can’t let hatred win.

So while there is not much we can physically do to stop ISIS we can pray.  We have to continue to pray and not give up hope.  God hears our cries.  God answers our cries.  AND the best part is Jesus gets it.  He lived the unjust torture.  He felt the pain.  God’s answers may not be the answers we are hoping for or looking for but he does answer.

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The History Of Your Church

How much do you know about the history of your church- (2)

This past session of my CFM (Christian Foundations Ministries) class I was learning about the history of the Church. I thought to myself, ‘I wonder how many people know any of this? I sure didn’t before now’.

Learning about the history of your religion is something I recommend to everyone and if you think you know it, learn about it again. You will be surprised how much you don’t really know. We only covered a fraction of all there is to know, so I am even hoping to have the opportunity to learn more about the Catholic Church’s history.

It has given me hope. Our Church is far from perfect and we may not always get it right and that is when I put my hope in the power of change. Change can be scary but you know what? It can also be beautiful. I have learned about things that have changed through the centuries, some good and some not so good. You can look forward to future posts on some of those changes and what I hope for our future. The Catholic Church may just become even more beautiful than it is now!!!

If you have questions or comments about things you would like to see changed I would love to hear it. Never give up hope that change is possible.

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Our Children Are God’s Children

 

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Our children are God’s children.  They are on ‘loan’ to us.  What a concept huh?  I was sitting the other day by myself thinking of how I don’t always treat my children the best. I take out my anxiety on them with yelling, screaming and threatening.  I want to change these qualities about me but struggle so much.  I pray all the time on it and consistently find myself saying sorry not only to God but also my children for the way I act.

So it just came to me on this day.  They aren’t MY children…  They are God’s children.  He gave them to me to look after while they are here on earth.  I never REALLY thought of that way.  It’s a crazy concept but guess what?  It’s true.  We as parents are blessed to have our children.  We are blessed with their whole package including their good qualities, their flaws, their quirks and all.  We have a big responsibility if you think of that way.

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Admiration for Single Parents

042012_Disney_Channel_Premieres_Animated_Series_GoofTroop_TDIDTo all those single or almost single parents out there; I admire you. I wish I could give you the break you so rightfully deserve.

There have been days, like today, where from the time the kids get up to the time they go to bed it is all on me. They have to be in different places and I have to get them there. I also think they know Daddy isn’t going to be around because man are they acting up.
I keep my cool through most of it but by the time dinner is over (I let them pick the dinner to try to make it special) I am at my wit’s end and barely hanging on. I tell myself just a little longer. I can do this.

It is only one day. By the time they wake up daddy will be back and can help me out again. I am lucky it is only one day. I can’t imagine surviving more than one. Yet, there are moms and dads out there that have to. They have to go day in and day out without the support of their spouse or the other parent. My prayers go out to you all.

So the next time you are on the verge of losing it, wanting to give up or feeling alone, know that prayers are being sent your way. You are not alone. Step back, take 5 deep breaths, say a prayer or go stick your face in a pillow and scream. Whatever will help you get through this moment. You can get through it. Heck, post on here and if I see it or others see it we can cheer you on.

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