Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Bad Catholic

I'm such a bad Catholic. I've been sporadically going to mass for the past two years because I had my feelings hurt by one of the Eucharistic ministers at church. I know I shouldn't let a single person sour me on the church, but I did. Then, I got lazy in going back.

So, as a result, Pickle is almost 11 and still hasn't had the sacrament of communion and he is WAY past due. So, we're going to suck it up and get that started. He will probably wind up going to RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children) instead of Faith Formation classes or as old time Catholics call it CCD. The RCIC is typically for kids who are converting to Catholicism from another religion, but I agree with the religious ed lady at church that it may be the best place for him to get a beginner's grasp of the church's beliefs.

And, I'm not sure what spirit took over my body and made the words come out of my mouth, but I volunteered to be a CCD teacher, too. I'm really shaking my head right now at that one. I did it before, so I know I can do it, but good golly. What was I thinking?

Now, the one beef I have with the Catholic Church is the exorbitant cost of sending your children to Sunday School. It is going to cost me $120 for my two boys to attend. One thing I will give the Baptist upbringing I had - we didn't charge anyone a fee to come learn about the Lord. Gees Louise. But, we'll cough it up and I'll just grumble about it while I write the check.

Cross your fingers for us. Those boys can use some religion! And, I know what you're thinking: their mom can, too!


  • At 1:08 PM, August 10, 2005, Blogger El Capitan said…

    Charging money for Sunday School???? Sacre merde!

    While I am tempted to cite the Catholic Church's need for extra cash to settle molestation lawsuits, I'll hold my tongue.

    Sorry, I'm just more than a little bitter about the hoops my sister had to jump through just to marry a Catholic, and the crap she's been given by their priest regarding raising her new son. Apparently it's not desirable for she, I or our parents to tell the child Bible stories as it grows up lest we "confuse him".

    I know I'm seeing all this as an outsider looking in, but to my knowledge, Christianity should be about spreading the Word, not protecting your market share.

  • At 1:18 PM, August 10, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    They charge for everything in the Catholic church, even VBS. Can you believe it? Really messes with my mind. I converted back in 99 to appease my honey, but he is pretty good about letting me do as I see fit since I'm pretty much the spiritual leader in our household.

    And, it sounds to me like you have a bad priest. *shut up LabKat* I think it is perfectly fine for you to teach the child the parables from the regular King James version of the Bible. It the same Bible Catholics use with the exception of a few extra books added to the Catholic version. So, phpphtttpptttt to that priest. I think it is wonderful that this child has many people to teach him about Jesus. We take out kids to the Baptist church across the street from the Catholic church for the Friday Night Live events and VBS, too.

    And, you may be right about what the diocese and chruch are doing with that money.

  • At 1:36 PM, August 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You volunteered to do what!?

  • At 2:15 PM, August 10, 2005, Blogger Gadfly said…

    Look at them! Bloody Catholics filling the bloody world up with people they can't afford to bloody feed!

    What are we, dear?

    Protestant! And fiercely proud of it!

    (From Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life." Adapted for the internet by putting it on a piece of wood and banging a few nails through it)

  • At 1:29 AM, August 11, 2005, Blogger Uzz said…

    Well Pickle will get it from both fronts...I am Episcopal (though have attended more Bible churches as of late) and he and talk a lot about Jesus. We were driving the other day and he heard about the lady in Crawford that was camping out to yell at Bush. Well Pickle (aka Mini-Uzz) got furious listening to this woman being interviewed by Tony Snow and he stated that this women needs to know Jesus!!! It was an amazing statement really, but we talked about it and he said that people need to forgive more.

    A few weeks ago we were in a store and he saw a t-shirt that said "Got Jesus?" and begged me to buy it for him...I did and he wears it proudly. It makes him feel even more special when tons of people come up to him and tell him they like his shirt!!!

    He will get his knowledge of Christianity one way or another, but I guarantee you that he can already teach all of us a little about His message.

  • At 9:53 AM, August 12, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    He's getting some Jesus, that is for sure. And, we're going to overload him with it this year!!!

    And, AoD, I know, I know. I just felt like I needed to do it. Makes the boys happy to have dad coach their soccer teams and mom teach them about Jesus. Maybe I can fool these children into seeing me as a Godly woman.


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