One of my favorite FISCHE traditions is our All Saint's Mass at the Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery. The cemetery is absolutely beautiful! It also has the perfect running grounds for a bunch of energetic homeschoolers. The November weather is usually quite pleasant and accomodating for our potluck picnic. But the best part is celebrating Mass in the open air. It appeals to so many of the senses, it makes the whole experience quite extraordinary. We've had the benefit of having some very sweet and devout priests preside at our All Saint's Masses. And some years, when all the schedules line up, we have even had the added bonus of gaining an indulgence for attending this event!
The Saint presentations are absolutely darling! Mom's always surprise me with their resourcefulness in putting the costumes together. The kids give a 1 to 2 minute presentation about their chosen Saint (omitting the Saint name), while the rest of the kids try to guess which Saint they are. After presentations, which can last up to 90 minutes depending on how many kids present, we enjoy a potluck picnic. The kids will throw off their costumes and run around the grounds playing the types of games that involve lots of chasing.
This event has put All Saint's on our calendar radar and our kids look forward to it every year. Though we won't have the benefit of an indulgence this year, I hope you will still gather your little saints and join us for a great All Saint's celebration.
Thanks to everyone who was able to make the Blessing Mass. As always, it was very nice to see so many fellow homeschoolers in one place. Our picnic at Brushy creek park was also very well attended. We had kids of all ages scattered throughout the park while mom's hung out in the pavilion catching up and helping one another look out for our kids.
Those who were overwhelmed with the number of people who attended might be interested in the more intimate environment of playgroups. I love playgroups! When I first started playgroups, I thought their purpose was to get my kids some unstructured socialization. It didn't take long to realize that playgroups were more for me than it was for them. Like many of you I am very active at my parish, and keep busy with the homeschooling. Playgroups have helped me to have unstructured time with other adults too. They have helped me get to know other homeschooling families, and provided me a TON of support. Through playgroups I have discovered that I am not the only one who struggles with motivation, teaching, and staying on top of my vocation. More importantly, I have found inspiration through other homeschool moms. Many weeks playgroup has been just the boost I need to continue my homeschool journey.
So if you are looking to connect with other homeschool moms, or if you want your kids to just be kids with other kids in a safe, Catholic-friendly environment, maybe God is calling you to start a playgroup? Starting one is easy. Just send an e-mail to members of the group at email@example.com, to find other interested moms in your area. I am also happy to put something on the calendar-- I just need the day, time, and place. It can be a one time thing, or recurring, whatever you are being called to.
My kids and I look forward to meeting more of you in the more intimate environment that playgroup provides.
For questions or suggestions, shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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