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WOW! What a cute story! MORE PROOF that "GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS", too! emoticon emoticon

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Praying, praying, praying, and I in turn ask for prayers for my daughter as well.

Please note that we do include "all those who have strayed from the Church" and "all lukewarm souls" in our Rosary Novena, so we are all praying for our fallen-away friends and relatives.

A middle-aged man in a neighbouring parish turned away very much from the Faith when he was a young man. His mother prayed and prayed daily for him to return to the Church.

He is now the priest in that neighbouring parish!

He jokes now that if his mother had simply prayed for a few years instead of the 7 or whatever she did pray, he would have just returned to the Church, not become a priest!
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Thank you all for your kind comments and prayers for our 12 year old granddaughter who wants to be baptized in our church. Well, unfortunately, we did not get to meet with the priest this weekend. My granddaughter was not able to come to our house this weekend as she had planned. But I had already called and left Father a message. He hasn't called me back yet, so I don't know if he got my message or if he is just waiting to see me at church. Either way, Taylor isn't here anyway, but it would have been nice to hear from Father. Taylor lives about 30 miles from us, so it wouldn't be impossible for her to come here every weekend so she could attend mass with us, but that would be a lot of driving her back and forth, and I'm sure there are weekends that she will want to do other things than go to Grandma and Grandpa's house. But, if that is what Father would require, I am up to the task of helping her to do that as long as I am able to. Depending on what Father has to say, we could go to the Catholic church in the town she lives in and check that out. I have never met the priest there. They are in a different diocese than what we live in, so I'm not familiar with the priests, etc. is that diocese. It may be time to check it out and get more familiar. :) And yes, there may be someone who would pick her up and take her to church from her home. All of that can be worked out probably. We are in the first steps of figuring all of this out. If she has to take classes, etc. I am willing to take them with her and support her in that way. She will probably have to go through First Communion and First Reconciliation as well as Baptism classes. I taught First Communion and Reconciliation for several years in our parish before I stopped. All total I taught about 30 years of CCD and I loved it. I don't know if I will be allowed to teach my granddaughter all of that or not. Guess time will tell. I would love to do it, and I think she would learn well from me, too, because she is comfortable with me and has shared so much with me already. It is all in God's hands...I just lift her up to the Lord and ask Him to make possible whatever it is He wants for her. In Jesus Name, Amen

Burningthyme - I know how you feel about your daughter. Our oldest daughter was confirmed, but in her adult life she has turned away from Christianity all together and has dabbled in the Wichen Religion. I am sick at heart about that, but I have no influence over her. I don't know if she is as hot after the witchcraft stuff as she used to be, but I know she is not attending church and resists it completely. I continue to pray for her, knowing that St Monica prayed for St. Augustine for over 30 or 40 years before he came to his senses. So, I will not give up. I've been praying for about 20 years for her probably and I believe that in time she will come back. Maybe when I die, but that's ok...at least I know she'll be back in God's graces. And my daughter is not a monster of some kind. She has given her life to helping young teens find themselves in life. She is a speech coach and I've heard so many high school kids say that she helped them gain self confidence and the ability to speak in front of people that will go with them for all of their lives. So many of their parents have told me how happy they are that Jody was a leader in their child's growing up years in high school. Of course, most of those people are not aware of her religious affiliations, and I don't think she shares that with the kids she coaches. She is a wonderful caring person...she's just got her spiritual life screwed up. She doesn't give the Holy Spirit his due if you know what I mean. So, pray for your daughter, too, and your grandchildren. that is all we can do and it is much that we do. God hears our prayers. He loves our children more than we do and if they have been baptized, He will not let them go forever. In His word He says, " When I speak my word, I will not let it come back to me empty" (paraphrased) He called them by their name at baptism and He will not let them go...especially when we pray for them and praise His holy name for them. One day at a time.....:) God Bless

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You are so blessed beyond your knowlege. My daughter refused to be confirmed and refuses to now bring her children to church. They want to become witches. Your church or if yours is too far the church that is closest...I just know, would love to have her as a member..I believe that many are moved by a child of faith, even possibly her parents. I pray that the outcome with the priest will be possitive. Blessed her little heart.

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How wonderful that a 12 year old has such a deep conviction! And who knows, there may be someone in her neighborhood who can take her to Church. I would think the local parish priest would search very hard to find transportation for her. I hope it goes well for all of you.

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I pray that your meeting with the priest will go well and that your granddaughter will be baptized! emoticon

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About a month ago we attended our son's church, which is not our Catholic church, and our granddaughter (from a different son) asked me how she could become baptized. Her parents do not attend church and she has not been baptized. Whenever she comes to our house for the weekend, she accompanies us going to church and she has become quite fond of it. When she was just 3 and 4 years old, she always asked me to pray with her. It was something she really liked to do. She saw me praying the rosary one day, and she asked me to teach her how to pray it as well. We purchased a child's book for the rosary and a friend of mine gave her a very pretty rosary and she was very happy about that. She is 12 now, and wants to be baptized. So, this weekend she is coming to our house again and we are hoping to get a meeting with Father to talk this over. I am hoping that he will be agreeable even though it will not be possible for our granddaughter to go to mass every Sunday. Both of her parents are agreeable, but they say they don't have time to take her to church and receive the Sacraments. I pray for them, of course, but I am thinking the Lord is saying that 'a little child shall lead them' and that may be what is happening here. Please pray for my granddaughter that the church accepts her humble desire for Baptism.

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Thanks for the research you did on Catholic Answers. I know that some people do need to work on Sundays...nurses, doctors, pharmacists, policemen, etc because people don't automatically get well on Sundays because it is Sunday. But some occupations could take a rest on Sundays...like our big stores, restaurants, etc.. When I was a kid, we didn't see grocery stores and drugstores, etc. open on Sundays. I don't remember restaurants and gas stations being open, either. Mom always made a special Sunday dinner - usually fried chicken with mashed potatoes, etc. which was a lot of work for her. After all these years, it would be difficult to change our ways and not go out to eat. It's a break for both of us because it is a time for relaxation and socialization with our church family. Maybe we should to a potluck at church...then no one would be taxed with a lot of work and it would be a time for community. Hmm need to think more about that....Only thing is, that we know the owner of the business that we go to eat at every week. He is a dear friend of ours and his best business day is on Sundays. He would not like it if we quit giving him business on Sundays. Hmm, this IS going to take some thinking over and praying about. What say you?

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JUDYBYJUDY - I was reading more about what you were saying about the waiters, etc. at your favourite restaurant (on Catholic Answers Forums) and they mentioned that we should be careful about keeping others from their rest and their families on Sundays, so you were on to something when you were talking about it.

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I believe so. You should adjust your schedule to still get to Mass, perhaps the Saturday eve vigil. And yes we have married deacons in our parish. One happens to be the father of my son-in-law and the other one is a good friend. I had heard about Sundays in Lent not being days we needed to keep our resolutions, but hubby usually does as even if not necessary, he still feels guilt if he doesn't. And I must admit, it would be harder for me on Mondays if I had a break on Sunday.

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That is wonderful news about your married deacon and his son!
I have often heard that priests and religious usually come from large, devout families. With the huge trend away from larger families, I think that was an unfortunate side effect. I wonder if the self-giving and generosity people must learn in large families lends itself well to the self-giving required of such a religious/priestly life?

I like what you say about Sundays, even during Lent.

Sunday may not be a Sabbath for those waiters and others. Also, in the Catholic Church at least, we are permitted to work if we need to. We need to make time to worship though. Is that understanding correct?

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Hi all, I've just been reading through the past several messages and I do have a comment on them. Just yesterday, our married Deacon gave the homily and he said that even through Lent, Sundays are days of celebration. I don't think he meant to break any Lenten promises on Sundays, but that we are to celebrate the Eucharist, which is a celebration each time we partake in it, and celebrate our families and God's love, etc. etc. We have celebrated Sundays by going to mass and then out to eat breakfast ever since we were married. (That's 42 years) Now that I write that,, I am reminded that the cooks, waiters, etc. at the restaurant that we go to are working on the Sabbath, so I don't know if we should be going there. I will have to reflect on that more. Usually we go out with other church members there is more fellowship with them. So, Sundays are a day for celebration according to our deacon. (Not only is he married, but he has several children, one of which is going to school to be a Priest, Hallelujah!)

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great responses and I am continuing my Lenten promises...no "little Easters" for me!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

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Remember how special you are and how you are soooooo worth it to be healthy and fit!!

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You're welcome. But they were not my words. I can't take credit for them.

I found it - it was Bishop Fulton Sheen.

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You said it so much better than I did. Thank you.

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things:... Psalm 98

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though... we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day my day....So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
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That's right, ALFBUNDY!

And, MIAJOEB - I'm so sorry that you have to put up with ignorance like that. How upsetting for you! Of course there are married deacons! I wonder if these same people even have an inkling that there are even, rarely in the Roman rite, married PRIESTS! emoticon (Only occasionally happens, but if a man, who is married, is an Anglican priest, converts to Catholicism, can become a priest in the Catholic Church. If his wife passes away, he is not free to marry, of course).

I don't know who said it, but I heard this comment recently about there are few people in the States (and I imagine elsewhere as well) who hate what the Catholic Church teaches, but a great deal who hate what they *think* the Catholic Church teaches.

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MIAJOEB, YOU ARE "NOT" A "LIAR"! THERE SURE " IS " SUCH A THING AS A "MARRIED PERMANENT DEACON"! IN FACT, the DEACON at my former parish was not only MARRIED, HE WAS BORN & RAISED IN THE JEWISH FAITH & CONVERTED TO "CATHOLIC" when he married!!!! ALSO, the DEACON who BAPTIZED MY GODCHILD ((YES...DEACONS CAN DO THAT) was MARRIED!

People need to BRUSH ON up our FAITH BEFORE accusing others of being WRONG; bc QUITE OFTEN, THEY are the INCORRECT people!

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I have been blessed by two people asking me to be their baptism and confirmation sponsor
So I went to Rights of Christian Initiation. after taking the classes, there were many misconceptions left over from our childhood traditions about what the church actually teaches. And we are not expected to fast and abstain on the Sundays. I would leave it to each individual to decide what is the best course.
Do what we have always believed and done in spite of the fact that it is not what the CHURCH teaches Or Follow the church's teachings.

My Dad was ordained a deacon in 1973 by Cardinal Cody in Chicago, Illinois.
Many people told me I lied. That there was no such thing as a married permanent deacon.
They got angry and would not speak to me. I call it having distorted perceptions on the Church's Teachings. I always defer to the Catechism. I also do not force my practice of the Catholic faith on others, unless they ask. And then I share.

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Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things:... Psalm 98

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though... we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day my day....So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal
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Good point, LESLIEJEAN!

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I never heard of this either..

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I think that if I were to indulge on Sundays during Lent, Mondays would be harder, and I would waste time yearning for the next Sunday! I want to just yearn for Easter. emoticon

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That's great, ALFBUNDY!

I, too, have heard of this, but find myself usually adhering to my Lenten promises. However, in honour of Sunday, I sometimes do something special for dinner, or we do something nice together as a family.

For example, today I will make a rhubarb crisp. It does not break anyone's Lenten sacrifice as no one has given up rhubarb or fruit desserts, but it is still a little something extra to share.

When I have not followed my Lenten promises on Sunday (ie. had chocolate if I've given it up, or whatever), it is harder to keep the promises the rest of the time - so for me, it was a bit more work. More of a sacrifice therefore? Who knows.

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I never heard of ANY of this!

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I am also continuing with my Lenten promises today! emoticon

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I never heard them called "Little Easters" but I did know that they were not officially Lent and your Lenten intentions were not an obligation on that day. For the most part, that just flied out the window to me, as I continue whatever I have decided to do for Lent. Why would you, as Spark Guy would say, "break your streak"? Hopefully you are on a roll with it and will continue, despite the day of the week!

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I remember questioning my nun teachers in grade school about that. I was told that Sundays didn't count as one of the Lenten days, as every Sunday is a re-creation of the Resurrection and Eucharist, therefore were days of celebration. I still adher to my Lenten resolutions as well.

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I never counted the days during Lent until a couple of years ago...and realized there really are 45 days in Lent...inclulding the Sundays!! I asked our Christian Service Director at mass one time, because I counted them, and told him the above, and he said, those Sundays are called Little Easters!!! You do NOT have to follow your Lenten promises if you don't want to!!

Question...have any of you heard of this? Did Jesus then eat on Sundays....since he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights?

I'm still adhering to my Lenten promises even tho today is a Little Easter!

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

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