Growing Up Catholic

On January 14, 2013 by Jamy Shaffer

As this is my first post on Disciple Day’s blog, I would like to elaborate on my experiences “growing up” in the Catholic faith.  I know that there has been a lot of negative press over the last decade or two about some of the activities in the church, some of which are true but that is not what I want to dwell on.  Instead, I will offer my views of the favorable elements and my personal activities within it.

As I am sure a lot of us feel, I was forced to go to Mass every weekend and on Holy Days (special days throughout the year celebrating important happenings and religious figures…. WOW! another subject I can delve into as they come up).  The first Holy Day of the year occurs on January 1st when we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus.  Who else goes to services on New Year’s Day after being up half the night to welcome the New Year.  In my case, I went on New Year’s Eve.

I’m not sure when my view of Mass changed from being dragged to church as a member of my family to actually going to worship of my own free will and to become closer to God.  Perhaps it was from the repeated announcements of my mother who would yell at my brothers, sister, and I that it was time to get up for church.  LOL.

However I think more likely, it was when I started to take a more active role in the mass, itself.  A few times in elementary school, I sang as part of a children’s choir for Christmas Eve mass.  In junior high, I was asked to be part of a brass quartet that played on December 24th.  As an adult, I now sing from the loft in the choir and song lead.  Using my God-given talent to assist in delivering the good news certainly had an impact.

This past year, I am privileged to have been a part of my good friend’s Disciple Day programs.  From using my acting ability as Leviticus Onineosix in the Famine Games to doing the adventurous “Slip ‘n’ Slide Into the New Year” to taking my nieces for a makeover given by some crazy cool young ladies.  Each of these experiences helped to bring us all together and further our faith development!

“Wherever two or three are gathered in My name; there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20)

Preparing for the Slip 'n' Slide

Preparing for the Slip ‘n’ Slide

Niece Alyssa getting her makeover.

Niece Alyssa getting her makeover.

Christi, and Sydney getting made over.

Christi and Sydney getting made over.



3 Responses to “Growing Up Catholic”

  • I usually enjoy reading your blog posts, but this one totally blew me away – what a great read!
    Thank you for giving me insight into Catholicism, and thank you for being as open-minded as you are. That gift allows you patience and understanding with others, so that no matter where people are in their faith journey, you can offer support as a brother in Christ 🙂

  • And oh yeah…
    LOVE the pics!!

  • Thanks, Lisa! Not sure but I think it will be a fun challenge to keep more of a focus than being able to go off on tangents 😉

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