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That's great! And a great example for me to remember to be upfront with all those in my life about my obligations to those things that are important to me.

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I started to feel distance between me an chruch when i was n college.i had differing opinions. this continued when i had my first job after graduating. my boyfiend at the time was not a church person but he has always shown respect to others faith. When i started going back to church a couple years ago he was terrified at first. he thought it was because i was mad at him, but now he sees i have a love of a church community and is supportive. he understands i have a heart for serving people. i do have to remind myself to talk to him and not hide events from him - like when i lector, or go to an extra mass, attend chapet etc.
i still make sure we have couple time and i use my faith to be a greater blessing to my home life.

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Your welcome..

It is nice to pray the rosary and, I enjoy it... emoticon


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You're emoticon I hope you find what you are looking for! emoticon

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emoticon Leslie & Eliza!

I will check out your suggestions on where to possibly find a nice Rosary! It was very helpful

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I think ewtn.com also has rosaries in many price ranges.

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http://www.rosarymart.com/

maybe in your hometown at a religious store...


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I wanted to jump in here because I have a fairly generic rosary but I was wondering can anyone recommend a good place to get one that is really nice. I've looked on Amazon and I want to get to a Catholic Bookstore at some point. At churches they are open so infrequently it seems. I've seen how to make a rosary and I may attempt it when I get a handle on the directions and get the supplies but that won't happen for a few months.

I may ask my Mom if she uses the one her brother gave her that was blessed in Vatican City (or it may have been Israel) it looks distinctive and has better beads than the one I have presently. I want to have a few different ones and perhaps one that is like a bracelet so when I am working or out and about I can use it.

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That's lovely, Marie. What a beautiful reminder and keepsake for you.

I have lots all over, too, Eliza. My main one is the "crystal" looking one my dh gave me when I became Catholic and made my Profession of Faith and was Confirmed in the Church (I was already a Baptized Christian).

I also have ones from Vatican City, blessed by the Pope, and from St. Anne's Basilica in Quebec. Another favourite is the wooden one from my priest who brought me into the Church

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Very nice story Marie.
I was thinking too, I have one that I got in High school...I went to a all girls Catholic school, just high school.
I have a beautiful one a friend gave me at church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help..now that I think about it...

I actually have alot of them all over the house..... emoticon


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BEULAH45, you are very welcome. I have three rosaries - one was given to me by a brother and sister whom I was preparing for their First Holy Communion when I was a catechist in the UK, the second I bought years and years ago and kept as it reminds me of my old Parish and all my friends there in the UK and the third is my grandmother's. When she was alive those rosary beads were in her hands every single day and when I stayed with her we would say the rosary together. It gives me so much comfort using hers and I use them every time I say the rosary.

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Saying the rosary at night is a great idea! Next time I wake up after sleeping 2-3 hours, I will say a rosary instead of taking a pill first.

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I appreciate BOCCATAGHNA1955's suggestion to pray the Rosary to go to sleep or to go back to sleep. I try to pray when I awaken in the night, but the mind does wander. Saying the Rosary would keep me focused. And I have an inexpensive Rosary I can keep at bedside. Thanks mucho, BOCCATAGHNA1955.



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I found the site and it is marvellous. Thank you.

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I like the rosary link you sent, I sent it to my friend.. prayer really helps me.. emoticon

Edited by: ELIZACG9 at: 3/10/2014 (11:57)

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Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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People who have had bad experiences are often scared to get involved with a church family, or a prayer habit. When in doubt just jump in and participate in what you are interested in doing. most parishes are always looking for servers, choir members, lectors etc. i have been trying to encourage people to sign up but am not sure how to do it without being pushy.

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www.comepraytherosary.org/

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Since getting back to Spark and to this wonderful team, there is a strong sense of being part of something wonderful. I am going to look up the site about the Rosary.



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I've found that as well whenever I pray with that site. It makes me feel like I'm not the only one praying at that time! A real sense of fellowship with fellow members of the Body of Christ!

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I have been enjoying saying it at night before I go to bed, and that's becoming my new routine. I use the site, Come, Pray the Rosary, so I say it before I turn off my computer for the night. I love to see how many others are on the site at the same time - there are a lot more at night than in the afternoon!

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I used to say the Rosary at around 3pm every afternoon, but somehow life got in the way. I said it again for the first time in ages and it was lovely. If I say it before I go to sleep I usually do fall asleep and find my Rosary somewhere in my bed. Its a wonder it never broke, so I am going to try and say it during the day.

I used to say if if I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep and the same thing would happen.

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I have almost always said my rosary in the afternoon, but last night said it before bed. It was very relaxing, and not another 'chore to rush through'! I think I'll do it again tonight. emoticon

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After my Lenten Novena, I cleaned upstairs and am ready to sit down and relax for the evening. The Novena for the Good Shepherd is awesome and a great pleasure. I followed it with a Chaplet to the Tears of our Mary.

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IMREITE - I like that, "Sabbath Space".

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I like the traditional latin mass, but the church is far away, I have a church close by, Saint Raphael..I plan to go in and pray, there is not mass at 3 pm then receive ashes, I don't think you have to attend mass today unless you want too.....I don't go to church for others to notice me either..
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I left the church after i graduated from college. i was going through a lot of changes and saw the church as a chore. When i returned i was not always motivated to go every weekend, but if something came up i tried to go at another time. I now enjoy mass and use it as a time to keep "Sabbath Space" in my life.

My DH was raised luthern but is not practicing. He holds himseld to high standards an will not say he bleongs to a faith group but only give it lip service or use it as an excuse to mistreat people. He especially gets angry at politicians that break most commandments but that say people should vote for them because they are "christian". I do pray that he finds enjoyement in faith instad of an impossible standard that he will fail at but i am also proud that he does not lie about his beliefs. He has studied the bible and although he does not attend mass he finds wisdom in obeying most church teachings,

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That must be very difficult for you, Maria. I cannot imagine being the caretaker of an ill or older spouse. My prayers are with you!

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I was a Catechist in the UK and when the question of not being able to attend Mass came up because of work or sickness, there was never any question of it being a sin of you couldn't go to Mass. My parish priest told me that it is what is in your heart that counts. If your work stops you from going to Mass, then that is life and not a deliberate act. There are thousands who are unable to attend Mass because of their work. One can confess it, if one feels uncomfortable but there is absolutely no need. God loves us and knows exactly what we are doing and why we are doing it. At the moment I am unable to attend Mass, but I go when I can and it is usually on the following day, if things go according to plan.

I am sure that there will not be a problem especially when one's work is looking after the sick and being on duty.

We are lucky here in Malta because it is a Catholic country. For those who are on shift there is a Mass in the Chapel every single day of the week and a priest ready to say Mass. But in other countries it is not so hard.

Always remember that God loves us and will understand.

For me my lent is going to be to try and get to Mass more often during the week (the Masses are shorter) than on Sunday when I can't be away from the house for too long. Sometimes I think I am cheating, but then something happens to my husband and I thank God I stayed home.



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B45 - speak with your parish priest. If it is not possible for you to attend Mass, I believe it is possible for you to receive dispensation from your priest. I know I did that for my trip to England last summer. I was able to walk down the street from my aunt's house one Sunday to attend the local Catholic parish. However, the weekend after, we were travelling on the Sunday morning to get my sister back to my aunt's place for her plane flight. And Saturday evening, we were celebrating my elderly aunt's 100th birthday, so I was unable to leave the party at the restaurant to walk miles to go to the nearest church. My local priest happily gave me dispensation for that week.

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I am an RN and a nursing instructor, so my work sometimes does not allow me to get to ANY weekend mass. My DH and I are converting, but will not be accepted into the church until after the Easter Vigil (annulment issues). Anyway, now I don't have to confess about missing mass, but in a few months I will. Such is life. I believe our priests will understand.
Glanced through the postings and I will pray for everyone and their situation. It is hard when you have little ones, when you have a significant other who is struggling with the faith and when you are facing the effects of aging (this one is affecting us). Life is a struggle, no matter what stage you're experiencing. Thanks be to God, we have God and each other to help us reach the goal of eternal life with God.
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I had a not so bad week this week, and am looking forward to the new week ahead. I ate far too much yesterday so my way in is going to be nil but I will start afresh tomorrow. I have already cooked for tomorrow so I know what I will be eating. Today I did better, but the stress is beginning to hit a bit. On the whole I have all of you to thank for your kind support.

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Thank you all! Hope your day is active and enjoy the weekend.. emoticon


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Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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My prayers are with all of you. It sounds like you are all dealing with some very challenging situations. I ask that the good Lord give you strength to deal with these things, and provide comfort and encouragement when you are losing hope.

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Oh I know what you mean about being nervous. My husband is a good man but at his age things are getting harder for him. He asks my opinion and then doesn't like it so I get upset because we start shouting. I hate that. I see him as old and getting frail and I pray for patience and understanding. I am 59 and I am feeling a lot less younger than I was. Emotion can really take it out of you.

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Marie and Leslie I hope you all feel better and, I like you don't go to mass like I should,
I put in a CD and pray at home my rosary and divine mercy...
My DH is unemployed and he is getting nervous, and it affects me and my Son too.

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I'm sorry your life is so complicated, but glad you were able to make it to Mass this morning - good for you!

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I am so pleased I joined this group. Its lovely having such wonderful people around even though you are thousands of miles away. I made it to Mass this morning, rushed there and rushed back. My dh is ok for a short time and he was downstairs and dressed before I left. I took my mobile and kept it on silent so he could ring me. That's the best I can do for now. He is not bedridden or anything, but lately he is dropping things and tends to get dizzy. He goes for a walk in the afternoons - sits with his friends - and then comes home. Its very difficult to explain the situation. He doesn't mind - but he hates it if I go out and leave him at home. He is 100% reliant on me. I've noticed too that he is repeating himself and forgetting things - so it really is a complicated time.

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emoticon for your prayers. I had backed off on one of my anti-depressants around Christmas time but evidently that was a mistake. I have gone back to my previous dose and hope I'll be noticing the effects soon.

Your DH sounds like a prince of a man, helping out so much with his father. God bless him!

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I will pray for both of you, Leslie and Marie. I suffer from depression too, but mine is under control since I retired from teaching and I'm backing off of my medicine.

Marie, I understand what you're going through too. My DH's dad had several strokes last year and is bedridden. His wife is living, but has a pulmonary disease and can't care for him much. My husband goes over there every morning to get him dressed and in the wheelchair. Then he takes him in the kitchen and cooks his breakfast. He exercises him since Medicare won't pay for a physical therapist AND a nurse.

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I will pray for you, Marie. Who will watch your husband it you start going to the morning Mass?

I also need prayers to get back to Mass. I've missed a few weeks due to depression; I'm waiting for my new dose of anti-depressants to kick in. Until they do, I have no energy. I just want to sleep. emoticon

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I don't get to Mass as much as I would like as I have an elderly husband who needs me at home 100%. Our Parish Priest was moved from this Parish and was sent somewhere else, and without him, my husband won't budge. My husband is 84, just had half a lung removed due to cancer and is now preferring to stay home where he feels safe. Its very hard for me as things happen when I am not here and there is no one I can ask to step in for me if I go to Church.

I am strong believer in the Catholic Church and write for our parish magazine, but I do miss going to Mass. My plan is to go as much as I can during the week, but I don't sleep well so I always miss it. When I compare my life to what it was before, its hard to see how things could have turned out this way.

I know that God loves me and that he is helping me. If I didn't believe that, then life would be meaningless for me.

So if you can, can you please pray for me and ask God to give me the strength to get up earlier and get to Mass. I would really appreciate it.

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Amanda, that is all such good news! God is so good. Enjoy this journey!
Keep us updated on everything.

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Thank you everyone so much for your help!! I appreciate all of the responses so much. I had almost given up hope and was not sure what to do. He knows that I will not get married unless it is in front of a priest and God! I had done a confession but since I had not done one in 10 years, I think I left some things out and forgot how to make a confession.

The last time we went to mass, I told my baby that if he was good we would go get a new book after. Our church has a wonderful little bookstore with a few kids board books so he got the "Hail Mary" book. I think he really likes going to church with me since there is such nice things to see and people to watch. Sometimes I get embarrassed because he will try to sing when everyone just finished singing and everyone stares at us! Thank you all for the confidence to take him! I have even made sure to get to 10am instead of 12 because that is too close to nap time and I don't want him to be too fussy.

I will keep you guys updated on our progress. I have been listening to the Catholic radio here during my commute (about 1 and a half hours a day) and like to come home and tell my boyfriend what I learned about Catholicism and he usually is genuinely interested. He is also responsive to learning prayers. I taught him the Our Father and we have done the Rosary together a few times while reading off of a paper. Again, thank you guys so much for your help and prayers. I am going to keep going to church and will try to get an appointment with our parish priest soon. Hope you have a blessed day.

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I will be praying for you and your loved ones.Just know that God knows of your struggle and worries - offer it up to him - he has a plan for you. Just trust knowing that. emoticon

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emoticon everyone! Don't give up... it's a journey, and you are taking hte steps in the right direction! My husband isn't Catholic, and he is uncomfortable in the Church. But he began RCIA this Fall because he wanted to understand WHY I am so faithful to the Church. I had left for many years, too, and was married in the Methodist Church. When I returned to going to the Mass regularly, I didn't allow anything to stop me. It has taken many years, but my DH is becoming Catholic now. Your boyfriend does have the advantage of knowing something about the Faith.
I will be praying for all of you! I had a 2 year old in front of me at Mass Sunday. He made me smile! He had a few soft toys, and some "goldfish" to nibble on. How are they going to become used to Mass or learn how to act if they aren't exposed to it?
Be patient, and keep going. God has a plan. Trust Him to lead you to where you should be. Talk to the parish priest. Don't give up if you don't like that particular priest... keep looking and keep praying for guidance!
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Welcome and I do hope you get married in the church too...I like the traditional latin mass.
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Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
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Welcome back! I would suggest that you go to the link posted and purchase any and all the cd's or mp3 downloads you can afford by Scott Hahn, Tim Staples, and Stephen Ray. They are all converts, very learned men, very enthusiastic, and have the most amazing ability to teach and explain the Catholic faith. I returned to the church when my daughter was a child and have spent 20 years learning about the faith. It has been a wonderful, though difficult journey at times. Knowing why you WANT to be Catholic makes all the difference in the world. I have bought many copies of the cd's and listen to them every time I am in the car. Often times, on longer journeys when my husband and I have run out of conversation I will pop in a cd to listen to. He is not Catholic, and when we started out wasn't even a believer. Conversion is a slow process and we can only do it for ourselves with the grace of God. Pray for the grace of conversion of heart and mind. Pray to Our Blessed Mother to teach you how to love and obey her son as only she can. I really think that if you listen to the material by these guys it will make everything so much easier for you! Scott Hanh does the most amazing job teaching about the faith! Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, the Pope, Marriage. May Our Lord bless you and your journey!

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Welcome NaviMom! The first few years I was married, I was in a situation similar to yours. I attended mass with a fair amount of regularity (but not every Sunday), and my husband sometimes came with me (and the kids), and sometimes stayed home. Through the years we've both grown much closer to God, and have learned more about the Church and its teachings, and so of course have grown to love it more and more. There have been a lot of good suggestions here, and I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents.

First, I agree that your boyfriend needs to be respected enough to make his own choices. You mentioned that he may not be comfortable at mass, and he hasn't received all of his sacraments. Maybe the reason he isn't comfortable there is because he can't receive Eucharist, or he isn't quite sure what is going on during the mass? Do you think he might be interested in taking an RCIA class? (These are the classes offered for adults who wish to be baptized or finish receiving their sacraments.) I'm not sure if this is true everywhere, but where I live, these classes are usually done in small groups. This makes it much more comfortable to learn and feel free to ask questions. He might have more of a desire to attend mass with you after he's had a chance to learn a little more about it and ask questions.

Next, I want to second the idea of meeting with your parish priest. If nothing else, he'll be able to put a face to a name, and it will help you feel a part of your parish community even more if you get to have a one-on-one conversation with him. I'm sure he'll be very happy to help someone sincerely interested in their faith.

Third, I agree with the suggestion of bringing a few quiet toys to mass for your son. Another tip I learned was to sit in the front row. Yes, it sounds crazy to put a squirmy child in front of the entire congregation, but when they can see the action, they're so much more attentive. I still remember holding my 2 or 3 year old one day during mass, and she raised her hand and held it there for several seconds. I asked what she was doing, and she told me, "I'm lifting my heart." This was shortly after the part of the mass where the congregation says, "We lift out hearts to the Lord." I had no idea she was paying any attention! It's amazing what kids pick up.

That's all I wanted to offer. Sorry to be so long-winded! Have a blessed day.
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I just want to say emoticon I think it's wonderful that you are making the effort to get to Mass. I always admire the parents who bring their little ones.
I really don't have anything to add to what's been suggested already - they sound like great tips.
Keep coming to Mass, and praying for your boyfriend!

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I love that there are such wise people on this Team. Wonderful reply, MOMB96!!

Keep 'em coming, everyone!

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Welcome home to the Catholic church!

Have you spoken yet with your parish priest? I would suggest making an appointment with him. At that time, you can talk to him about what you have told us, and ask for his guidance. I am sure he will offer you the opportunity to make a good confession, as well.

Aside from that, I am so happy that you are coming back! It takes a lot to entertain a 2yo, but it can be done. Most of the time. :) I had to take my almost-2yo out to the car right after Communion yesterday, so it doesn't ALWAYS work! Bring a little board book for him, some soft toys (that don't make noise when they get dropped ... or thrown), or a little rosary for him to play with. Bring a few things, but only give him one at a time. When he gets bored with one, you take out the next. Get to church early and point out the pictures, statues, and architecture that might interest him. Then during Mass when he gets antsy, you can point them out again. I often ask my little guy, "Where's Jesus? Where's Mary?" and he points to all of the statues and pictures. If there are babies in church, ask him to find the babies. At one church, there were all these hanging light fixtures, so I had my toddler at that time count them.

You may not feel like you are getting much out of Mass as you entertain him, but you are THERE and that is important. You won't get ANYTHING out of Mass if you are not there! Before Mass, ask God what he wants you to learn today. After Mass, see if you can figure it out. There's usually SOMETHING that strikes you.

I have 7 kids (almost-18 to almost-2) and am still struggling with entertaining my current toddler, so there is no magic formula. They are all different. His older brother was a cinch! :)

Take care, and God bless!

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Welcome back to the Church!
I wish you well on your journey.

I agree that it can be a great blessing to worship together as a family. However, your son's father is an adult, and he does have the gift of free will that God has bestowed on all of us. If you feel like you should go to Mass, and he does not, then you can still worship at Mass with your faith community. It would be lovely if he went with you, but don't let that keep you away when your heart is calling you to go.

I would try and take my son, if possible (and especially if he prefers to be with you; many toddlers really prefer to be with Mom). However, if he is particularly fussy one day, and you are heading to church alone, and he is happy with his father, and your boyfriend is willing to care for him, then you can consider leaving him with him for the time you are at Mass sometimes.

As you worship at Mass with your son each week, though, it will become a good habit for both of you. Perhaps there are some age-appropriate faith-related board books or small soft, quiet toys that can help to keep him occupied at Mass? I know my toddlers loved "reading" books called "We Go to Mass" with pictures of small children at various points in the celebration of Mass, as well as a book called "Noah and the Big Boat", etc.

My only other suggestion would be to pray about what God's will is for you in this circumstance. You never know, one day, your boyfriend may feel called to also worship with the two of you.

All the best to you!
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Hello everyone. I am new here. I am a cradle catholic and had been away from the church for a few years but now I am slowly coming back. I never lost my faith in God however I was pro-choice and I had a lot of conflicting views of things. I have a question and not sure if anyone could help? I have a son who is almost 2. We are planning on baptizing him in May. We do not attend mass every weekend but I do put it in my mind to just don't always make it. I am living with my son's dad and he is a wonderful man. We are hopefully going to get married in the next year or 2 depending on a few things. I am very strongly trying to go to church on Sunday's with our son but he is such a handful for me alone most of the time. My boyfriend does not like going too church. I think he feels out of place or just sometimes feels too lazy to go out that day. I think I have gone to about 5 or 6 masses alone and he has come with us to mass about 2 times. He is also a cradle catholic but never made his communion or confirmation. I have been praying on it to help him to get to church with us. I don't know if I should just keep going alone with our son or what to do. I feel like church and worshiping God should be something we do as a family. Any advice would be welcomed. Thank you all so much and hope you have a blessed day.

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