Monthly Archives: May 2009

Kindness and books from Catholics United For The Faith

faithandlifeseriesI have been meaning to write about this for some time but got sidetracked with the horrors of the Government review on home education and the even worse horror of the implementation of the really explicit and innocence busting All That I Am sex ed for Catholic primary schools. *sigh*

So now for some good news.

For some time I have been wondering what proper catechetical tool I  could use with my younger children to guide them through learning the Faith. As Ronan turned 6 I was more determined to find something as he would be requiring preparation for the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion. As you may know I was using the excellent online Catechism, but the child friendly version isn’t ready yet and so we were ploughing through some pretty difficult concepts in a rather ad hoc way.

Faith and Life had been on my radar for quite some time and I had looked at the DOWNLOADS and free chapters and really loved it; but it is not readily available here in the UK and I couldn’t find it at a price we would easily afford.

Well my friend Shana said she would look out for something her side of the pond. The next thing I know I am being sent the WHOLE series free from Mike Sullivan of Catholics United for the Faith. I was amazed and so thankful.

But when the box arrived, there wasn’t just one full set of books and workbooks, there were two. This means I have been able to lend books out to other home educating families and they will be passed around and well used.

We started using the first book Our Heavenly Father straight away. Both Ronan and Avila enjoy it although Avila being only 4 isn’t quite up to some of the worksheets yet. Even so she can draw pictures and as she already knows the Our Father she simply recited it as part of her lesson rather than writing the missing words on the sheet as Ronan did.

I think she will repeat the book when she is older and help Heleyna with it.

The series of well structured and gets gradually more in depth. The activities are good and the student book has beautiful art illustrations for each lesson and chapter. We spend some time in the lesson just looking at the art work.

It would be wonderful if something like CUF could exist over here, stocking such books and helping to support families as they try to bring children up in this rather challenging anti-family anti-life culture we live in. (Maybe one day I will get to do something like it, who knows?)

Thank God for them and I ask you to check out their website and say a prayer for Mike and all the work he does.

And don’t forget Shana and the WORK SHE DOES too. Her rosaries are tough and long wearing.

The world can feel like a dark place sometimes but there are people out there making it a whole lot brighter!

My little book of blog rules

I’ve had a few emails and requests to be linked to my blog. I thought I might explain how I go about things here.

It’s nothing personal but I just don’t add links or advertise for people I don’t know here. I have received requests that look legit but I simply don’t have time to check them out and so I just don’t feel able to add those links.

Obviously if I know a site is morally dodgy I wont link.

I also avoid linking to sites even ‘good’ Catholic ones that imo have a snide and nasty tone towards ‘less good’ Catholics or fellow Christians. Attacking bad media is one thing-atacking people is another. Having been a ‘less good’ Catholic not so long ago I can tell you bluntly the attitude I see on some sites wouldn’t have persuaded me and I am thankful I never saw such writings before I came fully Home. I am not against legit criticism-in fact I’m all for it; and I’m not against blunt forthright criticism-but spite is different, and it comes across as spiritual pride sometimes.

I also don’t link to any site where I know the owner/writer is linked with individuals, families, groups, organisations that I believe are morally dodgy if the writer/owner seems to think that they are fine and dandy.

Sorry folks-it is not personal.

Half term ramblings and thanking God

It has been a very busy half term so far. While there has been a break from the usual home education stuff we have seen other home ed families for a more relaxing time. Meanwhile there has been some crisis intervention in the University essay writing side of things for a friend of Josh’s.

I hope he’ll do okay-we have more to get through. Say a prayer.

Josh and his type 1 diabetes and being in ‘Chess’.

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Changed the blog look

I’ve decided to change the look of the blog. I hope it isn’t too girly looking and that it is still easy to use.
I think the links are clearer and that’s important for us as we use them for home ed.
Hope you like it-if not let me know 🙂

Why has the CES agreed to implement sex ed (grooming) into Catholic Schools?

In his letter Ian Dowty suggests that those of us who home educate have not been supportive enough of parents who choose to put their children in school. I have to say I disagree; many of us have been very hands on helping friends whose children remain in school.

One area ALL parents need to stand together on is the shocking Government approach to sex education being forced onto even very young children in our schools. While grooming has been made a crime, apparently it is perfectly fine for the Government to put teachers in a position where they are grooming children as young as 9, attacking their innocence and breaking down natural inhibitions. All this is made worse by the fact the Catholic Church in England and the Catholic Education Service are colluding in it all.

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Pro-Life Witness

                           Oxford PRO-LIFE WITNESS

                                                       Saturday, 30th MAY

In reparation for abortion and prayers for all unborn babies, their mothers, fathers and all those involved in abortion,

                                                             3pm – 4pm

                   We stand at the entrance to the John Radcliffe hospital, Headley Way, Oxford.


Please meet at St Anthony of Padua Church, Headley Way  (car park available) – just behind the entrance.

The short video is of Dr Bernard Nathanson the last surviving founder of NARAL. It is worth a minute of your time.
Refreshments afterwards in Church hall.

Monitoring families in case of abuse?

You can read reports HERE. Ian Dowty has written a pretty good piece until you get to the questions. I am not at all sure what he is asking us to consider, but it comes across as expecting families to agree to being monitored just in case a child is being abused.

It would be lovely to believe that dear Ed Balls and his minions really do care about children being abused within their families. It would be even more lovely to believe that they cared about any abuse children suffer. But they don’t do they?

It is well documented that a huge amount of abuse goes on in schools. Balls et all could do something about this but choose not to. It is also well documented that teachers neither spot nor report children who are being abused at home.  This is not a poor reflection on teachers who have on average 30 children to field at any one time.

Children who are abused are not known for their forthrightness on what happens to them. It can take years before a child can bring themselves to ask for help or disclose abuse. Many don’t disclose until well into adulthood. Even physical abuse can be difficult to spot, let alone emotional and psychological abuse. Neglect is notoriously difficult to prove.

There is an attitude of ‘Someone should have noticed’ “someone ELSE should do something’ that makes helping children in horrible situations more and more difficult.

One other major area of concern is the complete lack of trust that so many people have for professionals working in the field. This is partly thanks to media hype and partly because there genuinely does seem to be a more bullying approach to vulnerable families across the board.  I know more than one family where they will not ask for the help they need because last time they did they were treated appallingly.

When this happens the usual mantra is “Oh it’s a training issue.” Personally, while I partly agree, I don’t see how basic human decency, good manners and treating others with respect can be ‘trained’ into adults. It’s something parents train their children into.

But I do personally believe that moving the training of nurses and social workers into Universities and away from on site training was a huge blunder. I saw a shocking change in calibre of staff coming through when I was a unit manager. We had 2nd and 3rd year students who had NO IDEA how to talk with patients and certainly couldn’t sit with someone distressed in any way. They couldn’t run a shift and wouldn’t help bath anyone (it was beneath their dignity. You don’t do a degree to bath an old woman who has poo on her apparently).

More and more of the social workers I had to work with were full of theory and utterly useless at practice. Paperwork was mountainous and meaningless.

Abuse will never be stopped. So long as humans do evil things, abuse will happen. But it certainly wont be helped by more paperwork and unskilled people ‘monitoring’ families on the off chance that they just might somehow spot abuse. The rise in false allegations and the massive damage to innocent families all this will bring about is not even being mentioned!