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This is the only website on the net designed for Roman Catholic
Mothers! It's tough raising children in our world today. The
challenge of bringing our kids up in the wonderfully rich
traditions of the Roman Catholic Faith are numerous. It is
my hope that this site will serve as a resource center for
us, and will be updated with the latest information and news
relevant to being a Catholic mother today. Check out the email
discussion forum if you'd like to meet other Catholic moms
via the net!
The Catholic Mothers Email Discussion
List was established in 1995. There are currently over 300
moms from around the world on the list. The list is a forum
for traditional, orthodox Catholic moms to share and discuss
a variety of issues related to mothering and teaching our
children the rich wonders of the Roman Catholic faith. This
forum is moderated by me, (Maria, The Catholic Mother's Internet
Connection Website webmaster).
The purpose of the email discussion list is to provide a forum
for discussion and friendships with other like-minded Roman
Catholic moms. Hopefully, together, we can encourage one another,
discuss ways to better practice our Faith and teach it to
our children, grow spiritually and intellectually, and strengthen
the bonds of fellowship within our Church.
SCOPE OF THE LIST:
Topics: Any topic related to being a mother, issues related
to the Roman Catholic Faith, teaching the faith to our children,
helpful advice, praise, fellowship & friendship is welcome.
Please note, for the purposes of this list, only Catholics
who are part of the communion of Christians in full union
with the Pope of Rome are welcome in this forum. It is NOT
an area to have debates about anything contrary to the Roman
Catholic Church and the Magisterium. Any events or discussions
promoting dissent from the normative teachings of the Church
are not appropriate for this list. This includes those on
both ends of the Catholic spectrum. In other words, here are
some examples of topics which will not be addressed on this
1) Supporting anything which the Church prohibits - i.e. women
priests, abortion, using artificial birth control, active
homosexual or alternative lifestyles, etc.
2) Claiming to have some authority above the Pope - i.e. claiming
that the New Mass is not valid, claiming that Vatican II Council
was not authentic, claiming that the current Catechism of
the Catholic Church is not valid, etc...
This does not mean that we can not openly discuss issues to
clarify misunderstandings, but the list will not be used by
those individuals on either side of the Catholic spectrum
who wish to promote their own agenda contrary to Rome and
the Teaching Magisterium. Please note that this does not just
mean doctrinal or dogmatic issues - the spirit of this list
is traditional and devoted to Rome in all areas of family
living and spirituality. For example, If you personally don't
feel that you agree with the Church's stand against Artificial
Contraception, there are two ways to address the issue on
the list. One is acceptable, the other is not.
a) You may NOT use the list to make a posting saying that
you simply disagree with this teaching of the Church and will
continue to use Birth Control because it's a matter of conscience.
b) You MAY use the list to clarify your own lack of knowledge
as to why the Church teaches this: a question like, "I don't
understand the Church's stand against birth control. Can someone
enlighten me?" would be acceptable.
Lastly, only posts which are Christian in their demeanor will
be placed here, whether to the entire list or to one mother.
Those who post inflammatory, disrespectful, 'flaming', or
rude posts may be removed from the list.
To join the list, it is necessary to subscribe. This is a
free process and is done by submitting your email address
at the following link: Cathmoms Email Sign Up It only takes
a few hours, and you will begin receiving "Cathmoms" mail.
You should be advised that due to the size of this list and
the variety of conversations going on, the mailing list often
will generate 25 - 80 letters a day to your personal mailbox.
Once you join, you will receive an information file which
you must KEEP - it will give you directions for unsubscribing,
holding mail, and other options. Once you join, these are
duties you must take care of yourself, per the information
file directions. Of course, you are not obligated to read
all of the mail that goes through and may choose to only follow
those threads or topics of conversation which interest you.
In fact, I highly encourage you NOT to read every bit of mail,
as it would take an inordinate amount of time and would likely
draw you away from your duties as a mother. You will find
there are many threads of conversation which do not interest
you, and you'll need to develop the ability to skim through
the letters to just follow those threads of interest. If a
high volume of mail is not a problem, feel free to subscribe
here to join today!
WE DISCRIMINATE! ONLY CATHOLIC MOTHERS may join! Sorry! We
will remove anyone who is not a Catholic mother. Thanks
for your understanding - but this forum is reserved strictly
for moms who share the Roman Catholic faith and wish to develop
friendships and support.
are some practices and devotions Catholic moms should consider
establishing within their homes:
First Friday/First Saturday Devotions: This is as old as Fatima,
but few younger Post Vatican II mothers practice this wonderful
devotion. Our Lady requested we attend Mass and Confession
on the First Friday & First Saturday of each month.
2) Eucharistic Adoration: If you have this option available
in your church, consider making a holy hour at least once
a week. If your church does not offer some times for Eucharistic
Adoration, approach your pastor and ask - that's what we did.
We started with just 3 hours a week, and have continued to
grow. Contact me for more information about this. Check out
this link to learn more about Our Lord's True Presence in
Mass: Try to go to a mass occasionally through the week instead
of only on Sundays. Many parishes offer a very early morning
mass (6:00 - 6:30 am.) Consider going to a few of these daily
masses a week. Starting the day off with Jesus in the Eucharist
(even when it's very early!) is a great way to get things
a Prayer Group: If your parish does not have any, you may
want to consider starting one yourself. Several moms in our
parish began a Mothers' Prayer Group several years ago with
just a few of us, and it's still going strong.
Fasting and acts of Mortification: St. Therese teaches "the
Little Way“ fasting and giving up something volunarily. Encourage
your children to join you.
Pray the Rosary everyday: This is one request Our Lady made
at Fatima, we know it must be critical. If you have never
prayed the rosary, start small by just doing one decade a
day. Soon you can work your way up to doing 5 decades (1 mystery),
and eventually (hopefully) all 15 decades (3 mysteries). You
can also teach your children to make rosaries together as
an enjoyable hobby and send them to the missions. Very cheaply
priced rosary making kits are available through: Our Lady's
Rosary Makers, P.O. Box 37080, Louisville, KY, 40233 OR you
can get a free Rosary Maker's Catalogue by emailing this address:
Say the Divine Mercy Chaplet everyday: If possible, do this
as Our Lord requested around 3:00 p.m. It is very short -
only requires 5 minutes or so. Your kids can join you.
Establish a Family Altar and nightly prayer routine: Try to
make an altar with images/statues of Jesus and Mary, holy
water, a blessed candle, and whatever else you may want to
put on it. Say family prayers around it every night. If your
kids are old enough, say a decade of the rosary or a whole
Listen to great audiotapes about the faith! You can
get them FREE here at the Catholic Cassette Lending Library
- just send a $3 donation for the first catalogue with over
2,300 titles of audiotapes you may borrow for free. Tapes
range from topics involving apologetics, apparitions, Blessed
Virgin, healing, evangelization, New age cults, pro-life and
more. Send $3 to: Patrick O'Connor, C.C.L.
Director, 1420 Renaissance Dr., Park Ridge, IL
SPECIAL ADDITION! Here are some very practical
things you can do with your kids and family to make
a better lent! I leave them up all year, because
they're great for any time you want to have a little
extra mortification in your life.
or External Practices
Take less of what you like and more of what you
dislike at meals today
Give up your chat/ internet surfing time
for a day
Donâ€™t listen to music while online, getting
Give up your favorite t.v. show once, or
give up t.v. all day
Give up playing with your friends for an
Take nothing to drink between meals.
Do not use seasoning on your food today.
Do not use any sweeteners with your food or drinks
Avoid listening to the radio at all today.
Take nothing to eat between meals today.
Take only one helping of each item at meals today.
Take a hot lunch at school today if it is food you
dislike and eat it
Give away your favorite item in your lunch
today to a friend
Say an extra Rosary or decade of the Rosary on your
Donâ€™t buy anything for yourself (candy,
snacks, sodas) when you go to the store - save the
money and donate it in the basket on Sunday
Spiritual or Internal Fast Practices
Don't do any unnecessary talking; instead, say little
ejaculations (prayers) throughout the day.
Exercise your patience today in all things.
Read a book to your siblings
Watch a religious video with your siblings
Don't make any complaints today.
Restrain any anger, and go out of your way to be
kind to the person who caused your anger.
Don't be distracted with someone else's business.
Avoid any gossip today, instead say an extra Rosary
to overcome this great fault.
When asked to do something extra do so with a joyful
and pleasant attitude today.
Speak in a pleasant tone to everyone today.
Avoid using the phone.
Tell the truth in all your dealings today.
Avoid vanity or self-seeking today.
Do an extra chore without mom or dad asking
(virtues and good works)
Practice humility today in all your actions.
Be generous today; help someone in need.
Look for ways to be helpful throughout the day.
Do a job that needs being done without being asked.
Be courageous; walk away from any impure situations
Don't be at all idle today. Always be doing something
for others or for your own spiritual growth.
Go out of your way today to help or talk to someone
who is usually difficult.
Volunteer for an extra job today.
Say an extra Rosary today for the conversion of
Visit someone who is sick or lonesome today. Offer
to say the Rosary with them.
FOR THE HOME
The Scapular: This is must for all members in your
family to wear. Even children should begin wearing them
after being enrolled (usually after making their First Holy
Communion). Wearing one is a little bothersome at first,
but read about the wonderful promises attached to wearing
one, and you will soon find it is not so tough to keep it
on. To get a free blessed wool brown scapular, along with
a book on Purgatory and a St. Benedict Medal, send $1.00
postage/handling fee to: Scapular Guild, P.O. Box 4651,
Dept. V, Phila., PA 19127 ...Or, if you'd like to order
a plasticized brown scapular which will last indefinately,
- keep rosaries all over your house, then you'll always
have one handy when you may have a few minutes to squeeze
in a few decades. Get them blessed by a priest.
Medals - there
are lots of blessed medals to have around your home. The
best ones are Miraculous medals and/or St. Benedict's medals,
which should be placed above each doorway of your home for
safety and protection. You can order blessed St. Benedict's
medals (which have the exorcism blessing on them) for .15
each from: The Benedictine Mission House, P.O. Box 528,
Schuyler, NE 68661-0528. To order beautiful medals of your
favorite saints at a very reasonable price right off the
net, click HERE
Every Catholic home should have at least one prominently
of Our Lady, Our Lord, and the Saints: These are not
exactly sacramentals, but they are wonderful to have around
your home to remind you to pray throughout your busy days.
To order beautiful, full-color laminated holy card sets
of the Saints at a very reasonable price right off the net,
This is a very powerful sacramental and protection against
evil. It is one of the oldest sacramentals of our Church,
but has just recently received renewed interest. To learn
more about it and learn how to acquire some, PRESS
Blessed Holy Oil:
This is especially important to have around to anoint the
sick. My favorite is blessed St. Philomena Oil. It's available
for a donation from: The Universal Living Rosary Assoc.,
P.O. Box 1303, Dickinson, TX 77539
Keep it around in abundance and use it often. Put it in
a squirt bottle (clearly marked) and use it to squirt the
different rooms of your home. Put up a holy water font in
your home so your family members can bless themselves with
holy water before going to bed or upon rising in the morning.
Blessed Candles: Have these on your family altar
to light at night when saying evening prayers. Kids especially
Sacred Heart Badge:
All moms should wear one - For a Scriptural rosary booklet
and prayers and how to pray the rosary and packet of blessed
plastic rosary (cord), brown scapular and sacred heart badge
send $3.00 US funds only to:The Way of Our Lady,P.O. Box
53475,Lafayette, LA 70505-3475, or to order a long-lasting
plasticized one w/silver cross inside, Press
Blessed Holy Cards:
Get holy cards at any Catholic bookstore of your favorite
saints or your childrens' patron saints and have them blessed
by a priest. Start a collection of holy cards for your kids!
They are much better than collecting sports cards! To see
reasonably priced holy card sets that are great for collecting
Agnus Dei: This is
a sacramental made of pure, white, virgin wax, blessed by
Our Holy Father at certain seasons. Those who carry or venerate
this are promised protection from tempests, lightning, fire,
water, malice of demons and adversity, pestilence, sickness
and sudden death. This sacramental, along with the Little
Sachet (mentioned below) are both available for a $5.00
donation from: Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 73530 River Rd.,
Covington, LA, 70435-2206
The Little Sachet
of the Adorable Name of Jesus: A small cloth piece which
is meant to excite confidence in the invocation of the Adorable
name of Jesus. Available through the address listed above
with Agnus Dei.
Green Scapular: This is a powerful sacramental that is especially
efficacious in praying for someone's conversion or for non-believers.
To learn more about it, Press Here To order a long-lasting
plasticized one, Press
15) The Cord of St. Philomena: This cord is worn like a
belt or around the neck to obtain favors from this most
wonderful saint. Countless favors have been obtained by
her devotees by devoutly wearing the cord, which gives her
honor and places you under her special protection in times
of need. To learn more about this wonderful sacramental,
to Saints Index Gallery at www.TotallyCatholic.com