I’ve been pondering rediscovering Catholicism. My parents are both
Catholic. But neither practice. My father doesn’t attend any a church of any kind. My mother attends a Baptist church. My parents had me baptized at just a few weeks old Catholic. My parents had my other two older siblings baptized Catholic also. My parents did not attend church either. My mother had always told me that she didn’t feel welcomed into the Catholic Church after she dropped out of school. She was a student at an all-girl school in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mother Mercy School. My mother met my father at a young age of seventeen years old. She fell in love dropped out of school and married my father shortly after. The rumor was she had gotten pregnant dropped out of school and married my father. It was just that a rumor. My oldest sibling was born a year later.
I never attended church while growing up. While visiting my Grandparents, I would attend church with them. The only problem, I had no clue what was going on, I became bored. When I met my husband in high school, his family did attend a Methodist Church. He had gone to church his whole life. Sunday School, Summer Vacation Bible School, prayed and thanked God for everything. So of course when I met him and his family, I thought what are they doing? But I learned from watching them that God and church are important in your life. I began attending church with him and his family.
As my husband and I grew more in love and together, we married in a Methodist Church and had two children. We decided we would have our children baptized Methodist. I had decided I wanted to be baptized Methodist also. In my early twenties, I was baptized, Methodist. We practiced going to church and getting involved for a few years, then fell off the tracks of going to church.
Years later my husband and I were invited to a Legacy Christain Church in Harrison, Ohio a Contemporary Christain Church. We had found our way into the church and loved it. Meeting new people, people our age, other parents, children the same age as ours. We were involved in Bible Studies, Walk to Emmaus, Alpha, Upward, Purpose Driven Life, and many more. We loved the music, with the upbeat kept us in tone. We were excited about going every Sunday. A few years later, our children wanted to be baptized, Christians. They were old enough to decide. We continued to attend church but fell off the Church tracks, again.
I had found different bible studies online and became devoted to doing the studies, praying daily, asking for forgiveness, finding others online like myself, lost. But once again I fell off that track too.
Since then we haven’t attended regularly to a church. Sure we would go for Christmas, Easter, and other special holidays. We went back to the Methodist Church we were married. We couldn’t content, there weren’t many people our age, there weren’t many children attending there. So yet again we fell off the Church Track.
Our daughter met a wonderful young man while in high school, they began dating. She learned that his family was Catholic. She would attend church with him and his family on special occasions. They graduated from high school and attended the same college. While in college they would attend a church there close to campus. It wasn’t every Sunday, but she was going to Church. We are so proud of her. She was confused and unsure if she wanted to convert to Catholicism. She continued to attend weddings, special holidays with her boyfriends family.
They have now graduated from college and living the adult life. Working full time, paying bills, learning to be grown, adults. They are now engaged and planning a wedding for December two thousand nineteen, in a Catholic Church. She has chosen to become Catholic. We as her parents are happy with her making this decision herself. She has been taking the classes and taking them seriously. She has taught me a few things, which has drawn myself to Catholic religon.
As I had been thinking, wondering if this is where I’m to be I came across the book, “Rediscovering Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly at the Goodwill. I’m the type of person, that if God puts in front of you, that’s where you’re to be. So, of course, I bought the book, and plan to read it from front to back. My daughter will be more than happy to help me understand, and I know that my sister in law and brother in law will help me also.
Mother Mercy High School: Located in Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_of_Mercy_High_School_(Cincinnati,_Ohio)
Book: Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly https://books.google.com/books/about/Rediscovering_Catholism.html?id=x45oswEACAAJ&source=kp_book_description
Book: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren: https://books.google.com/books/about/What_on_Earth_Am_I_Here_For_Purpose_Driv.html?id=ZnKKepETDkgC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button#v=onepage&q&f=false
Legacy Christian Church: Located in Harrison, Ohio 45030 https://harrisonlegacy.com
Rockdale Methodist Church: Located in West Harrison, Indiana 47060 http://www.umc.org/find-a-church/church/55188
Alpha: https: //alphausa.org/about
Upward Sports: https://www.upward.org/sports/basketball
Upward Sports: https://www.upward.org/sports/cheerleading
Walk to Emmaus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walk_to_Emmaus
Contemporary worship: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_worship
Bible Studies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_study_(Christianity)