Start of a new school year (roll call!)

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Start of a new school year (roll call!)
Sun, 08-29-2010 - 3:42pm

The start of a new school year seems to be a good time to reintroduce ourselves (or come out of lurking). Please tell us:

Your name and anything you want to tell us about yourself
Kids - ages, sexes
Catholic, public, or other private school?
Do you volunteer with your parish?
Will your kids be volunteering this year?
How does your family pray together?



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Sun, 08-29-2010 - 3:47pm

I'm Kelly in the northeast, married to DH for 20 years.

My oldest is a college freshman, going to a small private liberal arts college in NY after graduating from an all-girls Catholic high school. The others are: 15yo DD in 10th grade and 10yo DS in 5th grade, both public school. I will be homestudying with DS for religious education this year.

I'm a lector in our parish. I used to also be a Eucharistic minister but gave it up because I felt my family needed me to participate more with them at mass.

15yo DD will be doing volunteer service at the food pantry at our nearby Episcopal church. 10yo DS is a Cub Scout and they do a little bit of community service.

We say grace before dinner as a family, but since DH is agnostic, I have to be sensitive to not creating family prayer traditions that leave him out or make him uncomfortable in his own home. He goes to church with us faithfully every Sunday, as a way of supporting me in raising our kids in something I believe is very important.


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Sun, 08-29-2010 - 10:13pm
Mainly a lurker here. I'm Erika married to my DH for almost 22 yrs. We have 6 children. Oldest DS just started his first yr in a Catholic college in the northeast. (this after 4 yrs all boys Catholic HS poor kid LOL) DD2 starting Catholic HS next week,DS3 8th grade public school, DS4 5th gr PS, DS5 3rd gr PS, DD6 1st gr PS. Our elementary schools are awesome once they get to highschool a bit questionable thus Catholic Highschool for my kids(as long as we can afford it). I plan to return to teaching in our religious ed program at Church this year. I taught for 4-5 years at our previous parish. We say grace as a family every night before dinner. We are sure to pray for all our intentions and encourage the kids to include what or who they wish to pray for.
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Mon, 08-30-2010 - 12:24am

Hi, I am Kellie and coming out of lurkdom.

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Mon, 08-30-2010 - 11:05am

Hi, I'm Rachael.

My daughter Riona is 10, starting 6th grade in Middle School.

Unfortunately she is going to public school this year. She was Catholic private educated for grades 1,3,4,5.

Last year we hit a snag when Riona decided she absolutely was NOT going to do her work when she was supposed to, we couldn't make her, and she didn't care, etc etc etc. We gave her all year to straighten her priorities, but she pushed so hard on that issue we said forget it. We can't afford to pay $400/mo for her to almost surely flunk out and I REFUSE to take a scholarship away from a child who wants to do the work.

Maybe Catholic private for 7th grade, if she can get into the work-mode she needs to be in. Things you should know, before you judge: Riona is brilliant. Not just a mom's assessment, but proven. Unfortunately she KNOWS this. She also has Aspergers. Things (like writing or projects) take much longer for her than most kids. She is also Oppositional Defiant.

Aric is 2 1/2. He is in a private daycare/pre school. He loves it!

We are expecting Baby #3 at the end of Sept or beginning of October. Unfortunately this has landed me on bed rest again- for the past 4 months and at least 1 to go! No volunteering for me... Riona wouldn't volunteer unless there was something in it for her. Kinda defeats the point. My DH is a soldier, so he is constantly serving.

As far as praying together... that's kind of a touchy subject. DH is a lapsed Baptist but has had such negative experiences with religion that it was only when we were told that our son might not live that he agreed to let me have him baptized Catholic. Riona chose her baptism and Communion. She and i go to church. Aric used to come with us, but he is a bit rowdy right now. DH will come with us on Christmas and Easter.

Edited 8/30/2010 11:09 am ET by ravenwulf

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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 12:22am

Meet your teacher night was tonight, so I'm in the mood for a back-to-school roll call!

I'm Polly, married 12 years, with 4 kids: an 11 year-old daughter, and sons who are 9, 5, and 2. The oldest 3 attend our parish grade school.

I've been remiss lately in volunteering at church. I serve on our parish twinning committee, but I've missed a lot of meetings lately. (We have a sister parish in Uganda.) It is time for me to recommit or move to something else.

The kids are active in the school's social justice club, so they do various volunteer projects that focus on the different Catholic social justice teachings, and I often volunteer for those. This month, all but the youngest went to a meal program with me to serve dinner. It was a great experience for them, and opened their eyes not just to their many blessings, but to the fact that many people with very little have a

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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 9:43am

Hi, I'm Jeanne.



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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 10:04am

I'm one of those CP "old-timers" and

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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 8:36pm

I'm Mary Alice, married to Chris for 17 years.

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Fri, 09-03-2010 - 3:06pm

I'm Jen. Married to Brian for 9 years. We have Ian (age 6) and Lucy (age 2). We're in the Chicago area.

Ian started full day kindergarten at our local Catholic school (which is also our church). He started last Wednesday, so this is his first full week. He's doing really well so far, but it's been a bit of an adjustment for him to deal with a full day of school. He's been handling it well. The first few days really messed with his sense of time (at 6PM on the first day, he asked me why I wasn't in bed yet!)! This week has been much better, though.

I'm not much of a church volunteer, though I do volunteer at the school. It's hard for me to find anyone to watch my 2 year old, so I try to find the volunteer jobs that can be done from home. This year, I signed up to help with the box tops and maintain the school's website.

Our family doesn't really pray together. We'll do the standard meal time prayer when we all sit down together, and a bedtime prayer. My husband (cradle Catholic) is more agnostic than anything else, but he does kind of roll with the punches. I don't force the prayer issue with him, but he does attend mass with us.

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Sun, 09-05-2010 - 10:04am

Karen, here in Cajun Country.


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