Pat with Mom and Dad!
I was married in the Catholic Church - my children were Baptized in the Catholic Church - my oldest child went to Catholic school - and then the SH*T hit the fan and I sorta got dis-enchanted..........I really had to ask myself what I believed - I will put it all out there right now and say I whole heartedly believe in birth control, a womans right to choose abortion if she so choose, I do NOT believe it should be used as a form of birth control. I believe gay people should be gay if they want to - some of my good friends are gay and I wouldn't want them any other way. So then I had to ask myself "well Bridget - are you a good Catholic?" - and for a long time I said to myself "Girl - you are NOT a good Catholic - you don't believe what is being taught".......but then I sorta got over that - and just said you know what, you gotta teach you kids religion no matter what - because I firmly believe in Jesus Christ. I believe there is a higher power. I believe my Dad went to heaven when he took his last breath - I believe he is dancing with the Angels and all those that left before him. I believe there is a great big party going on and while I love a good party I would like to wait a little longer to go to that one - even though I miss my Dad terribly!
When the time came for Patrick to attend confirmation classes I left the decision up to him. I didn't insist he go and be confirmed because at that point 2 years ago I was still questioning my own association with the Catholic Church - I told my Mother I was going to South Carolina to join the only God Mother I ever knew and be a Unitarian! (my real God Mother died when I was a baby - our old neighbor and good friend stepped in when I was a young girl and told me she would be my God Mother - she always treated me like one of her own - even though she had 7 of her own - another good Catholic!) I wanted to sing and hold hands and praise Jesus because that's how they do it in the South! We good Catholics don't do that - we're boring and stiff!
So know that all 5 of you know my Catholic background - my boy was confirmed last weekend right before I left for Jamaica - I was very proud of him and he brought tears to my eyes! I wonder if he will bring up his children Catholic???????? Time will tell! I don't care either way - just show them something - and FYI - I'm in no hurry to be a Grandmother! Hold off on that thought for another 10 years at least!
Pat and his girlfriend Lindsey and Matt!
The whole Family!
Pat and his Godparents!