Blogging has been pretty sparse since Thanksgiving. My list of blessings for which I am thankful is so very long. My Rice student came home for the holiday and it was such a joy to once again have him at the dinner table and in the church pew. This was a quick trip but he will soon be home for Christmas break. My Aggie stayed in College Station for Thanksgiving since the annual Aggie vs Longhorn football game was played there on Friday. The Aggies won, 38-30. Woo-hoo!! It makes not having my son make Thanksgiving dinner a little easier to bear. I’ve also been blessed with my parents’ visiting. They are still here as we are preparing for my youngest son’s Confirmation tomorrow. After tomorrow, all of my children will have completed their Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist). It is hard to believe that those milestones will be behind us now. Of course, since this is a Sacrament of Initiation, it is only a beginning. There is a whole lot more learning ahead.
Speaking of learning, I just have to share my joy over the parent participation in my CCD class. I invited parents for another parent/child lesson. This time we covered the liturgical calendar and explored ways to live the rhythms of the liturgical year in our homes. You can see a summary of my presentation on the blog I have set up for the class. Fourteen students showed up last night and ten of them brought their parents. Another two parents had already contacted me and expressed their disappointment at not being able to attend. So fully two-thirds of the parents are interested in learning how to build the Domestic Church.
My next presentation will be on sacramentals. I hope to do it at the end of January and tie it into the celebration of Candlemas. When I first proposed these parent/child classes there were several naysayers who said parents would never participate. I have to admit I had my doubts as well. However, I gave this endeavor over to the Holy Spirit and the results have been so much more than I hoped for. Please keep these catechetical efforts in your prayers. I am praying that my students’ families will be stronger because they have learned together. I then hope they will serve as examples to the families around them. We will strengthen our Catholic culture one Domestic Church at a time.