This is a support thread for mothers who are attempting to live according to the teachings of the Catholic Church. It was formerly the "traditional Catholic" thread. Terms are difficult. There seems to be no great answer to what term to use to describe us. "Simply Catholicism" is a term from Cardinal George (former president of the USCCB), used to try to get away from Liberal/Conservative political terms, because the Church is not about politics. It is about faith. The term "traditional" Catholic has served us for a time, but I have a difficult time with this term as well because it is most often used to describe those who prefer Mass as it was celebrated pre-Vatican II. Certainly, there are many here who do prefer the pre-Vatican II Mass, but that is not what unites us. We are united by the fullness of our Catholic faith. Perhaps it is "right and just" not to have a better adjective to describe us, for we are not some subset of Catholicism (though some may view us as such), but "simply" those who embrace Catholicism in its entirety.
As I asked on our previous thread, I was wondering if any of you have ideas on how to get together IRL with other Catholic families who have lots of children. There are 3 other Catholic families that we're trying to get to know better, but it's difficult to find a place to share a meal with 8 adults and 14 children. One family has a big yard and promises to invite everybody over for a barbecue when it gets warmer, but when it's not summer, what to do?
We're from 3 different parishes. My parish would be quite open to such a thing, but I'm not sure we could make it a closed group, and I'm not sure we're ready for it to be an open group yet. There are many in my parish who have agendas contrary to Catholic teaching and are quite authoritative about their views, so it could be difficult keeping the group faithful to Catholic teachings if we open it up to everyone before we get well established. 3 of us moms with small children have been getting together regularly at each other's houses, but to add our husbands and another whole family of 7 so that we could all get together at once, we really don't have enough room in any of our houses without it being kinda insane (maybe we need to just accept insanity). One family has a large enough yard, and we could do a picnic in the park on warm days, but it's not consistently warm yet, and I'd love a way to get together when the sun isn't shining.