The Real Cost of Raising Children

Monday, August 18, 2014 10:56 PM Comments (7)

A new report states that children are expensive. Thank goodness for experts, right? Who would've known it without them? The Associated Press called it "sticker shock." Seriously. Sticker shock for a human being. Nice, huh?

In particular, the report states that a child born to a middle class family will cost their parents almost a quarter million dollars. And that's just up until they're 18. So that doesn't even include college. When adjusting for projected inflation, a child born in 2013 could cost a family over $300,000.

I'm not sure how they figured all that out because I've got five children and I don't have that much money and none of them seem to be starving. But let's take what the...READ MORE

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Ten Awesome and Terrifying Sounding Catholic Words That May Not Mean What You Think

Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:56 PM Comments (21)

The Catholic faith can be confusing. Hey, with two thousand years of vocabulary it's bound to get a little difficult, isn't it? So there are many words that sound kinda' awesome and terrifying that don't actually mean what you might think they mean. So here's a little primer:

Monstrance. It's sounds kinda' terrifying, right? It's the vessel used to hold the Eucharist.

Missal. It's not a weapon (Well, sometimes if a liturgist is involved). Unless it's in the hands of a two year old in the pew who's mad at her brother.

Primate - Referring to an archbishop as a primate sometimes isn't necessarily bad. It all depends on your tone, I guess.

The Abomination of Desolation -OK I'll admit it....READ MORE

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7 Things To Restore Sense of Sacred Your Pastor Could Do Tomorrow

Monday, August 11, 2014 2:22 PM Comments (121)

When it comes to the liturgy of the Roman rite, some would have you believe that you have two choices, the progressive Novus Ordo mass at St. Banal of Boringham parish or the Traditional Latin Mass at the Parish of Quo Primum on the corner of Lunatic and Fringe.

They would also have you believe that never the twain shall meet, that until the Pope of Future Past arrives to reform the Novus Ordo, that any chance of recovering what was traditionally considered sacred and reverential in the Novus Ordo is impossible, regardless of whether you consider that a feature or a bug.

But this is simply not true. There are many things that Pastors and Priests could do tomorrow to help restore a sense...READ MORE

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God Works in Mysterious Ways. Sometimes.

Thursday, August 07, 2014 11:52 AM Comments (11)

It is often said that God sometimes works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, however, He doesn’t. Sometimes the answer is so much simpler than anyone thought. But amazing nonetheless.
Father Steve Mattson of the Church of the Resurrection parish can recall praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet in front of Lansing Michigan’s last free standing abortion clinic. He recalls praying fervently for the closing of the clinic. He didn’t know how it could happen but he prayed nonetheless.

Fr. Mattson prays for many things including helping out his local Catholic schools by attracting a group of Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, to teach in them. He knew they received requests from all over...READ MORE

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Ditch The Sign of Peace or "Take your stinking paws off me you darn dirty ape!"

Friday, August 01, 2014 9:00 AM Comments (292)

I note with no small sense of irony the The Congregation for Divine Worship's recent circular letter announcing that the placement of the sign of peace within Mass will not change, though it  could be performed with greater dignity, lesser dignity being unavailable, of course.

CNA Reports:

“The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments … pronounced in favor of maintaining the 'rite' and 'sign' of peace in the place it has now in the Ordinary of the Mass,” Fr. Jose Maria Gil Tamayo, secretary general of the Spanish bishops' conference, related in a July 28 memo.

He noted that this was done out of consideration of the placement of the rite of peace as “a...READ MORE

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I'd Kill Myself if I Had That Many Kids

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:38 AM Comments (108)

My wife and I recently attended a sports banquet for one of our kids' sports teams at a local restaurant. It was one of those events that I wanted to go to about as much as I wanted to get three teeth pulled. But my wife assured me it would be fun. I didn't believe her but I came anyway.

We've gone to so many of these things as my five kids are all on at least three sports teams. All the kids sat together at a very long table and all the parents sat at another table with the coaches. I have a theory about sports teams, the worse a team is the more coaches it has. And this team had lots of coaches.

We were seated with about eight coaches and some parents we didn't really know.

So what's...READ MORE

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Wrap The Clap! Time To End Clapping At Mass

And Flamenco dancing, of course.

Monday, July 28, 2014 12:20 PM Comments (127)

You know how Sharia law calls for the hands of theives to be chopped off? Yeah, well my kids know that a similar penalty will be lovingly applied by their father if I ever catch them clapping at Mass.

I have seen clapping too many times to count.  Most of you probably have as well.  Years ago I had a priest who, post communion, would ask for a round of applause for everybody from the ushers, to the altar persons, to the singers, to the groundskeepers.

Applause in Church is the thing that makes my eyes twitch and my brow furrow, forcing me to harshly pinch the skin on my leg so as to maintain control and not shout as loud as I can, "FOR HEAVEN"S SAKE!! STOP!!"

For me, applause at mass it...READ MORE

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NFP and Too Much of a Good Thing

Friday, July 25, 2014 9:02 AM Comments (76)

Let me start out by saying that Natural Family Planning can be a good thing. In my marriage, my wife and I have utilized it for some time and other times we did not.

This post is not about any of the usual controversial teapot tempests that rise up on the internet from time to time about NFP and its proper use and marketing. Nope, this post not about any of that stuff.

This post is about the phenomenon that causes otherwise rational people to say loopy things in promotion of NFP.

Case in point, I read a post the other day by Dr. Gregory Popcak that made my puzzler sore. In his support and promotion of NFP, Dr. Popcak writes a post about how NFP really isn't a thing, but an approach....READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.