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post #41 of 208
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Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post
I've looked at catholicmatch - but can't really afford the membership. I do go on every time they have a free weekend though.

It is an official policy - widows and widowers have a group of their own.

I know we do theology on Tap {used to go when I was in college} but it is primarily through the youth groups & geared toward HS and College students.
CatholicMatch will reduce the membership price for single parents.
post #42 of 208
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Parenting With Grace: Catholic Parent's Guide to Raising Almost Perfect Kids[/URL]

"This book's "uniquely Catholic" approach to parenting combines vigorous relational advice with careful theology and plenty of good humor. (The chapter on family planning is entitled "Is Eight Enough?"). The Popcaks guide parents through each stage of child development from infancy to adolescence, offering age-specific advice on "parenting with grace." They call upon natural law theology to encourage attachment parenting, co-sleeping and extended nursing through infancy, and urge parents of older children to consider home-schooling so that children always understand "that family is the primary relationship." Later chapters address a few Catholic-specific issues, such as stimulating children to pursue Church vocations."
I really want this book!!
post #43 of 208
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Originally Posted by PatienceAndLove View Post
CatholicMatch will reduce the membership price for single parents.
do you have more info on this? I thought I had read it in the past too but now can't find anything on their website about a discount.
post #44 of 208
Ok, mamas, I'm having trouble dealing with Christmas as my house. My DH is not Catholic, and my MIL is also living with us, so I'm outnumbered, adult-wise.

I got an Advent wreath, but DD (3) just wanted to light all the candles and didn't understand the significance. We have it out, still, but don't light it anymore. I keep pointing it out to her at Mass, but no go.

Also, putting out the nativity set without Jesus isn't working. She doesn't get it, even when she sees the one at church. She justs wants to put the Baby Jesus in there and it's causing all sorts of frustration.

Finally, I'm having a lot of trouble planning for a small number of presents. They are quickly multiplying under the tree and I can already tell this is going to be a trend. I would love to hold some of these back for Epiphany (she LOVES the wise men) but that's just not going to happen in this house right now.

Any ideas on how I can refocus for Advent and keep Christmas from going off the rails?
post #45 of 208
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Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post
do you have more info on this? I thought I had read it in the past too but now can't find anything on their website about a discount.
I believe it is on the membership price page.
I, personally, am waiting to have a full membership til my annulment is finalized.

Perhaps that was on AveMaria singles....
It was!
"Single parents and those outside the U.S. and Canada

You need to contact us to request a discount. Please make sure you explain your situation and why you warrant a discount. We are limited to how many individuals we can help each month."
post #46 of 208
Thread Starter 
sarahsmiles - That sounds really hard. We got off our routine with the advent wreathe & Jesse tree when (lutheran) FIL was here for a visit. I think in those situations, you just need to persist with the most important points, and leave the rest of the battle for next year. I decided to stick with prayers before *every single* meal and also do a little St. Nicholas Day for everyone even if FIL was uncomfortable with it :-p

If your dd wants Jesus in the manger, I'd put him in The most important points are probably your prayer routine, making it to Mass, and then teaching her the basic story of the Nativity -- and even then, she will learn the story eventually.
post #47 of 208
hi ladies just popping in to ask for prayers as I struggle with some personal issues.
+JMJ+
post #48 of 208
I mean, don't get me wrong, he has a lot of good stuff! Just a warning in case anyone comes across his ridiculous views on child spacing
post #49 of 208
Hi Ladies, I would like to introduce myself. I am SO happy to find Traditional Catholic Mamas on MDC. My Catholic friend and I are always talking about the need for more mix of the philosophies of AP, natural childbirth/parenting, breastfeeding, etc and Catholicism and mostly the need for a community of mothers that are traditional Catholics and do all of that!

Anyway, my name is Athena. I've been married for 4.5 years, practice NFP, have a 2 yo son,miscarried April 2008, and am expecting baby #2 July 2010.

I am so so excited to have discovered this thread (I'm fairly new to MDC). It's hard when I agree with so many parenting things that make Mothering, but really, my Catholic faith is so much a part of how I parent, that I sometimes just have to keep my mouth shut when more controversial issues pop up in the DDC forum.

Hope everyone is having a happy Advent and I look forward to getting to know you ladies!
post #50 of 208
elcome

It is hard, I have a hard time blending into many groups, both here and in real life as well. My faith is such an intrigal part of how I live my life that I think I come off as weird. :P
post #51 of 208
Hi!

I'm another new-to-MDC mom. Hubby and I have an almost-two-year-old (he acts like a really-two-year-old, though), and are expecting a baby the week of our little man's birthday. We're Catholic, and I guess we're traditional, but not Mass-in-Latin traditional. If that makes any sense. And since I'm pregnant, it might not.

Just wanted to say hi and introduce myself to the "tribe."

PS--Anyone know how/why to find a spiritual director? The topic has come up recently in discussion with my husband. Thanks!
post #52 of 208
Welcome new moms!

I'm interested in spiritual direction, too, I was going to stop and ask my priest about it after the holidays when everyone isn't so busy
post #53 of 208
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Welcome Athena & bluemaydie!

Traditional in the thread title doesn't necessarily mean Traditional with a big T. In the past it used to be called orthodox with a little "o". Either title has its problems, and all we mean by it is that you believe, or try to believe, all the tenants of the Catholic faith. Although some of us do attend Traditional Latin Mass, many others here attend the Novus Ordo. Right now I'm primarily attending the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom at a Byzantine Catholic Church.


On spiritual direction - Confessing regularly to the same priest is one way, and talking to a Priest you like to set up something more formally is another. There are lots of good reasons to receive spiritual direction. Sometimes because you're struggling with a few certain things and can't seem to progress, or because we can sometimes be too easy on ourselves and stunt our own spiritual growth. Some people go the other way and struggle with scrupulosity or the appropriateness of mortifications/sacrifices.

I need some spiritual advice myself this month. Got to find some time to ask a priest. My lp has been really short due to breastfeeding and I'm having a minor freakout that we are potentially conceiving babies every month and losing them. (and we did lose at least one in July) I've tried all the otc options and its time to make bigger decisions.

My post is kinda ramble-y, please forgive me. DH brought home a bug from work and got us all sick.

Prayers for all your intentions
post #54 of 208
Hi all! I haven't been here much lately but I do read a good bit. Advent is going well with us so far and the kids are really into it. We've been doing our advent wreath enough that our first candle is getting alarmingly low! I've not been burning it too long because we haven't found more purple candles to replace it and I want to make it last til christmas.

We went to the big church closer to me last week and the pastor made an announcement that he was made pastor at another church in the next town as well as the pastor for this one! I can't believe it and feel very sad for him because this church that I was at is a HUGE one. I can't imagine how he will handle the work load of another parish on top of this one. I am praying for his strength, peace, and sanity!

I have been super tired because I've been doing some major renovation of our big family room. As I type now I'm laying on my new carpet, in my completed room, feeling fabulous as it looks so much prettier! We still have to do a few things like put back up a couple of doors, get our bookshelves back in and loaded, and put pictures back up, but it is tons better! I think there are a few spots on some of the walls where the spackeling could have been a little better but I did the best I could and, believe me, anything was better than the horrible decor that this room had since we moved in! The really cool part is that the room even looks bigger now!

I also want to read Parenting with Grace. I'm going to check the library for it.

good luck everyone with the last bit of christmas prep! My sister is coming home for christmas. I'm so happy 'cause this year is so much happier - She had a stillbirth in november last year. But she is pregnant again (due in march) and is doing so well! Please pray that this baby is born safe and healthy!

peace all!
post #55 of 208
HEllo ladies, just giving us a bump. HOpe you are all well.
post #56 of 208
Thread Starter 
Hey there!

We're doing pretty well here. Enjoying our Christmas still. I was hoping to do something special for the Feast of the Holy Innocents today but it didn't happen. I still don't have any ideas and the rest of the family is in bed. lol

Just for some general chat - I did a 4 mile hike with a 35 lb. pack today (actually the kelty baby carrier) and I feel super proud of myself. It was totally gorgeous out in the dark and the snow. (but actually I was crazy hot & sweaty after all that)

Everyone out there still enjoying your Christmas?
post #57 of 208
We're doing okay. Had a nice Christmas day. I haven't been on the board, lately, hope you're all doing well.
post #58 of 208
Merry Christmas!
post #59 of 208
Hi there... I wanted to say hello and then maybe lurk (or post) a little... I'm usually quiet on MDC but decided to join a DDC here for some like-minded pregnancy support and stumbled on this thread.

I think I might "belong" here We are isolated in that we can only attend the 1 catholic church in our town, because there are no others and no roads to get out of our town either. I tend to get a lot of faith support online when I didn't find it at church, though I'm growing more attached to our church (which is a good thing). We have 5 fairly young kids (oldest is 8) and another one on the way at the end of August.

Anyway, I don't want to ramble. Just going to try to do more than lurking on threads.
post #60 of 208
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Originally Posted by happyblessedmama View Post
Hi there... I wanted to say hello and then maybe lurk (or post) a little... I'm usually quiet on MDC but decided to join a DDC here for some like-minded pregnancy support and stumbled on this thread.

I think I might "belong" here We are isolated in that we can only attend the 1 catholic church in our town, because there are no others and no roads to get out of our town either. I tend to get a lot of faith support online when I didn't find it at church, though I'm growing more attached to our church (which is a good thing). We have 5 fairly young kids (oldest is 8) and another one on the way at the end of August.

Anyway, I don't want to ramble. Just going to try to do more than lurking on threads.
Welcome

Congrats as well.

I use to live in Bethel and remember how small it was, the next nearest Catholic Church is in Tuluksak? I think, and that is a ways.
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