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January 27, 2015

2015 Blizzard at my house

Here in Connecticut the blizzard is named Colbie.  So far we've gotten over 2 feet of snow.  Because of the wind it's much higher in some areas, but not as bad as I expected it to be.  We've certainly seen much worse.

This is the view from my front door...that's the top of my mailbox.  There is a road in front of it, but its completely buried under snow.




This is the view from my home office window of my daughter trying to open the barn door to feed our flock of ducks and geese during a break in the snow...



The wind is picking up again, but not too bad so far.  I can hear snow-blowers going, but the roads are empty because of the driving ban currently in place.

I plan on spending my day making and eating chili while catching up on what is stored on my DVR.

God bless, hope everyone is keeping safe and warm during the storm.


In Christ,


Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner







January 21, 2015

Catholic Events in Connecticut

Greetings and blessings!

Holy Family Retreat Center, Incorporating Prayer into the Classroom Setting:  Workshop for Parish Catechists, with Liza Peters and Lisa Orchen

Wednesday, Jan 216-9 p.m. Holy Family Retreat Center, 303 Tunxis Rd., West Hartford.  If you teach Religious Education, plan and lead youth ministry, or help prepare people for Sacramental Initiation, this evening is for you. This workshop will offer creative ways to incorporate prayer into the faith formation setting. Looking to the liturgical calendar and symbols of the Church for guidance, we will explore and exchange ideas that can be used throughout the year. Program includes dinner, presentation, discussion, and prayer. The offering to attend is $40 and includes a meal. 860-760-9712www.holyfamilyretreat.org

Liza Peters is Director of Youth Ministry at Holy Family Retreat Center.  She previously served as the Director of Religious Education at a parish in Dayton, Ohio, and has worked at the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker House in South Bend, IN, and as a caseworker for Catholic Charities.  She has a B.A. in psychology and a Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame.

Lisa Orchen is a certified Catholic Chaplain as well as a spiritual writer, parish catechist, and leader of diocesan workshops and retreats. She currently works for the STEP Program at the University of Notre Dame, developing and facilitating on-line continuing formation courses in theology and ministry.  She has both a B.A. and Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame.

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center
303 Tunxis Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06107

860-760-9712
lpeters@cpprov.org
www.holyfamilyretreat.org

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Thursday, 22nd January 2015 NEW HAVEN MARCH FOR LIFE

Start: 
  • 12:05 pm Mass: Saint Mary Church, 5 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT
  • The March:  12:40 pm from Saint Mary

Procession: Grove Street, south on Church Street to courthouses and city hall 
stopping to recite a decade of the Holy Rosary at each location under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadelupe.

Return to Saint Mary Church Hall for refreshments and fellowship.

All are welcome to a prayerful, peaceful demonstration of our PRO-LIFE convictions.

Please contact  Norma @ 203-488-0326 or <ncontois@sbcglobal.net> with questions.

Finally, please forward this message to all your PRO-LIFE friends of any age.

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For more information, please call 860.848.2237 Ext. 211.

Sheree L. Antoch, MA LCMHC
Diocese of Norwich
Office of Prison Ministry
199 Broadway
Norwich, CT 06360


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EWTN Press Release: Walk for Life Coverage


Jim & Joy Pinto To Headline
EWTN’s ‘Walk for Life’ Coverage


        Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN’s own Jim and Joy Pinto, hosts of “At Home With Jim & Joy,” will offer their pro-life testimonies during San Francisco’s 2015 “Walk for Life” – and EWTN will be there! The Walk, hosted by EWTN’s Fr. Mark Mary and Doug Barry, airs live at 4:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 24.
        Other blockbuster testimonies that day will include:
  • Julia Holcomb, who met Aerosmith Lead Singer Steven Tyler when she was only 15. She says she became pregnant because Tyler wanted a child, then pressured her into having an abortion.
  • Rebekah Buell, a woman who took the first dose of the two-part abortifacient RU486 – and then changed her mind, and,
  • Clenard H. Childress, Jr., founder of BlackGenocide.org.
        The “Walk” will also feature a special guest: Archbishop Carlo Maria ViganĂ³, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., who will bring a special message of support from Pope Francis!

        Don’t miss a moment of this event. Learn more at www.ewtn.com and www.walkforlife.org. Find EWTN at www.ewtn.com/channelfinder. Please share this with everyone you know!

        EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 34th year, is available in over 238 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.




January 20, 2015

EWTN Press Release: EWTN Radio in 2015


Brian Patrick & Jerry Usher Return to EWTN Radio in 2015

        Irondale, AL (EWTN) – Two exciting new shows will be coming to the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network program schedule in 2015: “Morning Glory with Brian Patrick” and “Take 2 with Jerry Usher & Debbie Georgianni.”

COMING THIS SPRING:
 “Take 2 with Jerry Usher & Debbie Georgianni”
        “Take 2” heralds the return of Jerry Usher, “the undisputed voice of Catholic radio” to EWTN Radio. Joined by motivational and public speaker Debbie Georgianni, “Take 2” is live, interactive, conversational – and will get Catholics asking the right questions of themselves and the culture they live in. “Take 2 With Jerry Usher & Debbie Georgianni” will be heard weekdays on EWTN radio, which will also produce the show.

COMING THIS SUMMER:
        “Morning Glory with Brian Patrick"
        In addition to his role as “EWTN News Nightly” Executive Producer and Anchor, Brian Patrick returns to EWTN Radio weekday mornings this summer with “Morning Glory,” a Christ centered, full service, live morning show that will have listeners across the country “waking up the Catholic way.”
        “Morning Glory with Brian Patrick,” will be heard weekday mornings on EWTN radio, which will also produce the show.


        EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 34th year, is available in over 238 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

January 19, 2015

A Father/Daughter Incestuous 'Marriage'

***GRAPHIC DISCUSSION ON INCEST*** 

I’ve tried writing this article several different ways - because it’s so graphic and disturbing I keep second guessing myself on how much to actually show and discuss here, but the truth is, there is no way to clean this up.  There is no way, this topic isn’t disturbing- to most of us. 

A few days ago, NY Magazine published an interview (that some people believe might be a hoax- I certainly hope it is) with a young 18 year old woman who depicts her sexual relationship with her father- whom she is now planning to “marry” in a paperless ceremony (because no state will as yet legally marry them).  The article is GRAPHIC and unbelievably disturbing.  The article is called “What it’s like to date your Dad”- though it’s really about having sex with your biological father and the physical sexual attraction they have to each other.  Again, a very disturbing topic and very graphic article by NY Magazine- be warned.

So you might wonder why even mention it on a Catholic blog… because years ago most of the population thought gay “marriage” was disturbing and immoral and yet today, it is more acceptable than many thought possible.  And years before that, adultery and living with people outside of marriage was believed immoral and wrong, yet today…it’s typical in our society.  Discussing this disturbing case of father/daughter incest is important because I believe that inside of a decade, incest will be not only legal, but also acceptable in our secular society. 

We are a deranged immoral society driven by lust, sex and greed.  We want what we want and we don’t want anyone to tell us we are wrong.  The comments at the end of the incest article were mostly supportive that the female was in desperate need of therapy and her father should be locked up.  But not all those who left comments thought a father having sex with his daughter was a bad thing.  Many people had the “who am I to judge” mentality.  They expressed their opinion that if two consenting adults (the woman is now 18, but was a minor when the sexual relationship began) want to have sex and get married it was “no one else’s business” and they should not only be allowed to legally have a sexual relationship, but also should be allowed to get married and have children. 

The interview is EXTREMEMLY GRAPHIC – so be warned.  This will be disturbing.  I am showing what was actually said because I want you to SEE the sick thinking that attempts to justify incest as “love” and therefore perfectly acceptable.  This is not love.  This is evil.  There are people who read this article and SYMPATHIZED with the father and daughter’s “love” for each other.  

People who can’t understand what immoral means…it isn’t part of their vocabulary anymore.  If it feels good and you want to do it, who is to judge you for it?  That is the mentality of our society.  So when you read this interview and you feel shocked and sickened today, remember not too long ago others felt the same way about the prospect of gay “marriage” and gay sexual relationships.

If decent people do nothing to stop the immoral behavior of our society this will become our new “normal” and after it there will be no limits.  God didn’t warn about sexual abominations because they weren’t a possibility in our lives, He warned us about them because He knew how depraved mankind can be. 

Below are clips of the interview - warning the dialogue is GRAPHIC.

First the daughter discusses her younger teenage background a bit: 


Now the daughter begins to discuss her sexual attraction to her father whom she hadn't grown up with or seen in twelve years.  She is about 16 years old at this point:

 WARNING GRAPHIC 

So in five days of reuniting with her father whom she hasn't seen in twelve years, this teenager has sex with him. 

I can't get my own mind around the fact that the biological grandma and grandpa support their son having sex with and "marrying" their granddaughter- his daughter.  This is so incredibly appalling that I understand why so many who read the article believe it MUST be a hoax.  It's simply too hard to believe and yet, I fear it sadly is true. 

This is just the sort of thing the devil loves.  He delights in immoral behavior and in getting others to deny its sinfulness and instead embrace it as "love".  

The disturbing interview continues...

This daughter is clearly in need of help and yet no family members or friends or even laws are there to help her.  The "father" should be locked up and kept from other children (if you read the article there is a mention of this "father" and his relationship with his daughter's younger half sister- I fear for the half sister that she too might one day have a sexual relationship with this guy).

After reading that (and more in the complete interview) some people shared their SUPPORT for incest and the "right" of all people (including biological) to have sex and get married.  

Notice all the comments about NOT judging incest.










Yet there was one lone voice that said exactly what I was thinking while reading the article...why?


He's right but I think there is more to it.  The fuller answer to me is because it's the first step in making incest acceptable in our society.  The article hit sympathy strings in many readers, as shown in the comments.  This is exactly how gay "marriage" became acceptable and normalized in our secular society today. 

We've got television shows about polygamous marriages that have changed peoples attitudes to having multiple spouses.  A few comments mentioned that this article could be a stepping stone to a new line of reality shows depicting incestuous families as "normal".  Think it can't happen?  It can, we've seen it before and sadly if decent moral people don't stand up against it, we will see it again and again.

Pray for our society.  We are so depraved and fallen and yet most of us don't even know it.

God help us all.



In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner


January 15, 2015

EWTN Press Release: We want your Pro-life videos!

EWTN Wants Your Pro-Life Videos
Watch To See If We Post Your Video
Online OR On-Air During March for Life

        Irondale, AL (EWTN) – It’s January – and you know what that means! Hundreds of thousands of our nation’s pro-life heroes will descend upon Washington, D.C. for the 42nd Annual March for Life. As always, EWTN will be there – and this year, we’re inviting you to be online and on-air with us in a new way!
        The theme for this year’s March for Life is “Every Life is A Gift.” We’re inviting you to send us a short video that illustrates this theme in your own life. Did you go through with a pregnancy after a difficult diagnosis? Did you or a loved one find life worth living even after being diagnosed with a serious or even terminal illness? Do you love life despite (or even as a result of) your disability?
        Please send us a 10 to 60 second video on this theme – or a link to the video from one of your social media sites - and we may post it on EWTN’s own social media sites – which reach more than 600,000 people; it could even be aired! Send in videos NOW to communications@ewtn.com.
        Whether you access EWTN from D.C. using your mobile phone or watch/listen on TV, radio, the Internet, and more, you’ll want to tune in to EWTN to get a view of the March that you simply can’t get when you’re in the middle of the crowd! As always, EWTN President and “Bookmark” Host Doug Keck and EWTN Chaplain Father Joseph Mary will anchor EWTN’s coverage. On the ground coverage, which will include interviews with marchers, speakers, and other surprise guests, will be more robust than ever thanks to the intrepid Teresa Tomeo (“Catholic Connection”/”Catholic View for Women”) and the “EWTN News Nightly” team headed by Anchor Brian Patrick. 
         The event begins at 6:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Jan. 21 with the “Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life,” which airs live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. On March Day, tune in at 7:30 a.m. ET, for Mass from the Basilica; at 9 am. ET, for all the pre-March excitement; and at noon ET for the speeches and the March down Constitution Avenue to the offices of your Congressional Representatives. (Check www.ewtn.com for encores.) Also, at 9 p.m. ET, don't miss "EWTN News Nightly's" special one-hour recap of the day's events.
        Can’t make it to D.C. Check out EWTN’s pro-life page, www.ewtn.com/prolife where we have posted the Twitter handles of your House and Senate representatives – and a lot more. Let your representatives know that you are pro-life and that, as your representative, you want them to vote that way too!
        See you on TV, radio, or live at the March in D.C. - or on EWTN's social media sites (including www.facebook.com/ewtnonline, www.twitter.com/ewtn) as we "virtually" March for Life!

        EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 34th year, is available in over 230 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.


January 8, 2015

Joe Scarborough: Terrorists and Catholic Church the same.


   This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough compared the jihadist terrorists and their murdering twelve people in Paris, France to the Holy Catholic Church.

Really.

It began with co-host Mika Brzezinski reading a quote from The Atlantic “Europe is under siege” written by Jeffrey Goldberg.

Quote: "The European Parliament complex in Brussels, where I happen to be sitting at the moment, is meant to be a monument to post-World War II continental ideals of peaceable integration, tolerance, free speech, and openness. All of these notions seem to be under attack at once, and what is striking to me, as a relatively frequent visitor to Europe over the past year, is that not many people—until a few hours ago, at least—seem to believe that their union, and their basic freedoms, are under threat."


When Mika finishes reading, Joe pipes in (talking to both Christopher Dickey from the Daily Beast in Paris and David Ignatius of the Washington Post) with the following comparison while “catholic” Mika bobs her head in apparent agreement with Joe.

Joe says: “This was something being fought out in the Catholic Church centuries ago, when artists and playwrights and anyone criticizing the Church or criticizing the Pope would ahh…would…would…face harsh, harsh sentences.  And yet the Renaissance, the entire idea of the Renaissance and the West was actually those who had the courage to stand up to the Catholic Church.”
Got that?

The Catholic Church and the Islamic terrorists are the same to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. 

He equates “harsh, harsh sentences” of "centuries ago" with the barbaric massacring of the police and people at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper yesterday.

Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me because it’s coming from MSNBC who are NOTORIOUS for insanity, lying and distortion in their “news” programs.

MSNBC in 2014:



Just another day at MSNBC, nothing ever changes.


In Christ,


Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner



Link: http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe
Link: http://www.1140wrva.com/onair/the-lee-brothers-11294/msnbcs-best-fails-of-2014-13091897/


December 31, 2014

Parish life in 2014...dismal at best



I’m not a cradle Catholic.  I fell in love with the Catholic faith because of its immense beauty.  Beauty that I found in its Sacraments, writings, architecture, stained glass windows, Gregorian chant, complete Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, Catholic hymns, incense, rites, ornate altars and vestments, Holy Water/Oil, sacramentals, devotions, feast days and the order and reverence of the Mass.  All the big and little things that set the Catholic faith apart from any other Christian faith.  

It was all the things that made the Catholic Church catholic that drew me in.  I wanted it.  I wanted to BE a part of the only Church Jesus Christ created on earth and I wanted all the things that made it Catholic.  Even before I was officially Catholic I set about immersing myself in all things Catholic.  I bought hundreds (literally) of Catholic books.  I bought Catholic statues, Holy cards, incense, crucifixes, rosaries and candles.  I transformed my home into a Catholic home complete with a home altar and kneeler.  

As a convert to the Faith, there was a great deal I was ignorant about.  I’m not talking about the Dogma’s and doctrines- I studied those intently before becoming Catholic and I know that is an ongoing education.  I am talking about being totally ignorant of parish life.  

I thought, one Catholic parish was as good as another because the readings would be the same, the Rubrics in place (I assumed all priests naturally followed them), all Masses would be the same- that is what I ignorantly thought.  

In reading hundreds of books about the Catholic Faith, not once did I read about Catholic parishes that didn’t seem Catholic.  Not once.  

When I joined RCIA back in 2006, I had already spent years educating myself in the Catholic Faith.  I read the catechism, books on Saints, Papal encyclicals, Papal Bulls, the Vatican II documents and anything else I could get my hands on.  I talked to priests and nuns and other converts and educated Catholics.  I contacted EWTN and they answered my questions in email and on television shows like The Journey Home.  I wanted to know what the Church was all about BEFORE I joined RCIA. 

Because I had educated myself, I knew right away there was something very wrong with the RCIA program in my parish.  I should mention, that at the time my town had ONE Catholic parish- so I didn’t have a variety to pick from and it probably wouldn’t have occurred to me to “shop around” for a Catholic parish- I thought that was a protestant thing and again, I thought all Catholic parishes were the same.  So I joined the local Catholic parish for three reasons 1) I thought they were all the same, 2) I wanted a Catholic parish where my children would attend religious education with their school friends and 3) I wanted a close local parish where I could easily volunteer and participate in activities (I had always been active in my Baptist community and wanted to do the same as a Catholic).  

Now, back to my RCIA experience.  The RCIA at the time (it has now changed DRAMATICALLY for the better with new leadership), had a “group team” of RCIA teachers (about a dozen) who all taught RCIA together as a group effort.  Not a single RCIA instructor in that group had read the Bible or knew the Scriptures.  They even admitted that to me.  

The RCIA director told me I “scared the hell out of her” when I joined because I could quote Scripture and knew where it was in the Bible without having to look it up (something every Baptist child has instilled in them throughout their childhood).  During RCIA, when a question came up about something in Scripture I had to find it for them and not one of them could tell the Catholic interpretation of it.  This was extremely disappointing to me because I had/have a great love of the Scriptures.  So from the beginning, Sacred Scriptures was basically off the table for RCIA class.  But the worst was still to come.  Apparently, I knew more about the Catholic faith than any of the dozen teachers I had.  Each one of them attempted to teach me that 1) women would one day become priests, 2) birth control was a personal choice to be made with your own conscience and 3) absolutely NO discussion on abortion, morning after pill (hot topic at the time here in CT) or how a Catholic should vote politically on these issues was EVER to be allowed in any RCIA discussion.   

The liberal RCIA instructors would simply not allow the Church’s official teaching on these things to be taught.  I was only a few months into the RCIA program when I had my first fight with all twelve RCIA instructors over women priests.  At first, they gave me that sympathetic look that said “ignorant convert-to-be just doesn’t understand yet”.  They even gave me a condescending smile that said “just you wait; you’ll see women priests one day”.  But God intervened in that class. 

While I was sharing with them what the catechism said and what Pope John Paul II had written on the subject, our parish priest walked in.  The RCIA director (sure she was correct and I was wrong) waved Father over and said something like “Father, we’ve had a discussion come up that we’d like you to clear up for us.  We were discussing the possibility of women one day becoming priests.  I’m sure Julie would like it if you could clear this up for her.”  And she sat back fully expecting me to be put in my place for daring to argue with the entire RCIA staff.  I smiled to myself because I knew what was coming. I knew this priest was an orthodox priest- I'd already had a LONG detailed meeting with him about the Faith.  

Father said something along the lines of: “Women can never be Catholic priests; this is not something that can change.  The Church does not have the authority to ever ordain a woman a priest.  Jesus Christ created a priesthood of men…” and he went on to talk about the typology of the Levitical priesthood, the twelve Apostles and some quotes I can’t recall anymore.  

That RCIA director was furious.  I could nearly see steam coming off her head.  You see, she has a brother who is a priest (liberal priest) who for decades taught her these errors.  As soon as Father left the room, this [now retired] RCIA director said “Father is just giving his opinion; women WILL one day be priests”.  She refused to be corrected by anyone – even her own priest.  This woman was the RCIA director in my parish for nearly thirty years teaching these liberal things to everyone who walked through those parish doors.  So it’s no wonder my parish is as it is today.  And that is what I want to talk about.

When my family and I began attending our parish, we attended the Saturday Vigil Mass (this was familiar to me because as a child I attended the Vigil Mass with my paternal Catholic grandparents at least monthly even though I was raised Baptist).  The Saturday Vigil Mass was (to me) affectionately called the “old people’s Mass” because it was very reverent, had organ music and we sang beautiful Catholic hymns.  

The Sunday Mass’s had/have bongo drums, a Grand piano, sometimes guitars etc, and never any organ music and rarely old Catholic hymns.  It’s more like a rock concert complete with people swaying and tapping their feet in the pews. 

I avoided the Sunday Mass the best I could for years. 

Then a few years ago, my parish was “yoked” to a parish in another town, and our beloved devout priests were moved to other parishes.  Now we have one new priest for our two yoked parishes, no Vigil Mass at my parish, no confession at my parish and he’s added “the children’s liturgy” -where just before the readings he calls up all the children ages 3 to 8 for a blessing then sends them down stairs for their own liturgy.  The kids climb over people trying to get out of the pews, race up to the altar where they are blessed then they race down stairs where they laugh, make loud music and talk loud enough that those of us upstairs hear all they are doing down stairs.  Then DURING the Consecration, while we are on our knees looking at the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity being held up by the priest, the children come racing back upstairs and begin climbing over kneeling people trying to get to their parents while waving in the air the pictures they colored during their 'children's liturgy'. 

Chaos.  

The reverence is nearly non-existent now.  The Holiness of the moment is broken as all eyes stop looking at Jesus and turn to the children.  The moment is lost.  It’s all very disruptive, yet in our parish bulletin I noticed this week it said the “children’s liturgy has been very successful”.  For the life of me, I can’t imagine what anyone could find “successful” about that chaos and loss of reverence.  And I wonder WHO has determined its success and what standards were used to come to that conclusion?

But it’s not all the fault of the newly instituted “children’s liturgy”.  As I’ve mentioned above for years now I have failed to find reverence at the Sunday Mass.  The ushers talk before and during Mass- during the Consecration and after Communion when people are kneeling and praying.  They jingle the change in their pants pockets, talk about sports and the weather all through Mass.  They are clueless to what is going on at Mass and they don’t seem to care at all if they bother the people trying to worship at Mass.  If you look at them [the ushers] and catch their eye to say “hey, I’m praying here” they look at you WHILE they continue talking.  No reverence, no respect and no basic common courtesy for others.  They’re a void.

My parish is small.  We have small stained glass window inserts in large clear windows.  My parish is made of concrete blocks painted off white.  There are some statues and a few paintings a parishioner painted years ago that hang on the wall.  The altar is wood- the original marble altar lost years ago during renovations (no one can answer how the altar was “lost” or where the relic that was inside it went).  We have no relic in our altar now.  The Tabernacle is simple and plain- I hardly think it does justice to the One it contains. 

There isn’t much in my parish that says “This IS a Catholic parish”.  As a matter of fact, it could easily be mistaken for any number of non-Catholic communities if it weren’t for the Sacraments themselves.  Just looking at or seeing the Mass said in this parish, has nothing to distinguish it from so many others- not with the bongo drums, folk music, “children’s liturgy” and complete lack of reverence for the Eucharist.  The “catholic” in this Catholic parish is sadly lacking. 

You might wonder why I don’t leave. 

That’s a good question and one I’ve asked myself nearly every week in 2014.

Why do I stay?

The Sacraments are valid. 

It’s local. 

It’s where my children were Baptized and Confirmed and where we all entered the Catholic Church together.  We’ve got history here and good memories and people we love attend here. 

I teach RCIA and some years CCD in this parish.  The new RCIA director who knows I’ve been considering leaving has asked me to stay and continue teaching RCIA because I am the only other instructor she has. 

And because of my own personal history in RCIA, I feel compelled to teach, to make sure NO ONE else is taught the errors that for years had previously been taught at this parish by other [now gone] RCIA instructors.  If I stay, maybe I can make a difference. 

I’ve taught 7th grade CCD for a few years and those children and sadly their parents knew almost NOTHING of their Faith.  They didn’t know how many Sacraments the Church has or what they are.  They honestly thought the ONLY time a person should or needs to go to Confession is during Lent.  They believed you just saved up all your sins till Lent to confess them.  They didn’t know what Purgatory was and most of them couldn’t name a single Saint besides the Virgin Mary and the Apostles.  Most couldn’t remember basic Catholic prayers- hadn’t even heard of the Hail Holy Queen and didn't pray daily.  These were children who had been going to CCD for YEARS and would soon be preparing for Confirmation and they were clueless because no one had properly taught them their Catholic Faith.  I remember my youngest daughter in CCD class playing HANGMAN on the chalkboard for class- they had to use Catholic words like “Sacrament” or “Holy Eucharist”, but it was still hangman.  THAT is how the children were taught their Catholic faith the year of their First Holy Communion- is it any wonder this parish is falling apart? 

So do I leave and parish hop till I find (IF I can find) a parish that has more reverence or do I stay and attempt to make a difference? 

My personality (if you haven’t noticed from reading my blog) is I am a fighter.  Years ago, before I created this blog, I was defending and fighting for the Faith on other Christian and Catholic forums.  On one of them, I was dubbed the dreaded “Catholic Pitbull” because I wouldn't back down or give up defending my Catholic beliefs and the name stuck for years.  I don’t like backing off a fight – especially when it’s over my Catholic Faith.  I can’t honestly remember the last time I “gave up” and moved on from something important.  I’m just not wired that way.  And I actually LIKE to fight.  Some people hate it, I like it.  I’m not talking about fighting with family or co-workers, I mean fighting for or about my Catholic faith to defend it and my beliefs.  I like confronting error and I’ve got no problem telling someone “You’re wrong and here’s why…” 

I have a huge problem knowing someone is wrong about the Faith and not doing or saying something about it – like my old RCIA director attempting to teach me and everyone else in that RCIA classroom years ago her liberal views.  I didn’t care that I was a Baptist on the way to becoming Catholic and she was a cradle Catholic who had been teaching RCIA for decades.  She was wrong and I wasn’t going to shut up about it even though I “caused a scene” during class because I wouldn’t accept what she and the other instructors were teaching us.  I don’t think it’s in me to EVER walk away from that sort of situation.  

I can’t change the priest and his love of folk music, bongo drums, children’s liturgies, telling jokes at Mass and giving homilies while walking among the pews like a televangelist on TV.  He’s a different breed of priest – and I don’t like it one bit. My heart aches for an orthodox priest who will TEACH the people to BE Catholic and to embrace our Catholic Faith rather than trying to make it more protestant like. 

What I can do is pray for my priest and parish to change. 

I can stay and share the Catholic Faith as I KNOW it to be.  The beauty of the Faith- of all of it; the parts that have been lost in my parish that the parishioners don’t even know they are missing.  I know and it bugs the heck out of me each and every time I attend Mass in my own parish.  We are being ripped off.  There is so much more God and His Holy Catholic Church have for us and these liberal priests are robbing us of it.  It infuriates me. 

So do I leave or do I stay and fight? 

For now… I stay and fight - but I honestly don't know how long I will last if things don't improve. 

I don’t know what 2015 will bring, but I am praying, sacrificing and offering Masses for a change in my parish.  It’s time the Catholic laity take back their Faith and DEMAND our clergy stop denying us the fullness of our Faith and the beauty of our Faith. 

In my personal experience and opinion, 2014 has been a TERRIBLE year in my parish, but I am hopeful that 2015 will bring answered prayers from God and amazing changes in my parish and our priest.  I hope good things will happen in your parishes too.


May God bless us all in 2015.



In Christ,



Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner




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