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Home again

I wasn't able to blog while at the WMOF, partly because I was technically challenged and mostly because I was  exhausted.  Monday I arrived in Philly full of hope.  As I made my way to the convention center to get my registration package, I ran into my first bigoted Catholics.  They were two woman giddy with excitement for being at the WMOF, they had some kind of booth in the exhibition hall, something about divine healing from the Holy Spirit.  A women with a full berka came walking in the opposite direction, one of these women, stepped in front of this woman preventing her from walking an

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Challenges and Change

Karen Kelley, my daughter's mother in law and I have been planning our Pilgrimage for many months.  We coordinated our travel plans so we would be traveling together, meeting on the train.  We have given each other moral support, since this would have been our first pilgrimage of this sort. We were going to share our story of how our daughters meet while at the Jesuit Volunteer Corp, and how the two are the most service centered Catholic we know.

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Labor Day Weekend

I had my first letter to the editor published this Friday, in the Journal Inquirer, Manchester, CT.  I am still waiting for a response from the Hartford Courant.  Marianne and family stopped by to pick up my crafted donations so I won't have to carry them on the train.I spent a lot of time outside enjoying the beautiful weather we had in New England.  I notice that some of the trees are starting to turn.  In two weeks, Karen and I will be on the train to Philidelphia.

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Letters to the editor

I wrote my letters to the editors, and sent them out this evening  They were sent to the Hartford Courant and to the Journal Inquirer, two Connecticut papers, I will let you know when they appear in the paper, and if there is any follow up.

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My official sweatshirt

I ordered an official World Meeting of Families sweatshirt, and then colored the the logo in rainbow.  It looks great.

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Family Celebration

Had a great weekend.  Traveled to Vermont to see my fellow pilgrim, Karen.  We were there for a baby shower, and to celebrate the anticipation of Karen's first grandchild. Our daughters Lauren and Sara came up from Baltimore.  I drove up with my daughter Lindsay and her fiance Mike, from Worcester.  We had great family fun.  I left some white sneakers with Karen, and she is going to make them tie dye rainbow. 

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Catechism

As I prepare for the World Meeting of Families, I have been reading the catechism.  I have had catechist training in the past about twenty years ago, and I do not remember so many rules about sex and sexuality.  Maybe times were different for me back then, my children were young, I was active in my church, St Francis of Assisi, in Vista, CA.  I now live in New England (Connecticut), my children are pretty much grown.  My whole adult life I have  been involved in social justice.  My daily job is helping people with real problems.  As I read the catechism for the World Meeting of Families, an

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Preparation

 

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Meet Debbie

Hi! I’m Debbie Carpenter from East Hartford, Connecticut.  In 2013, my daughter, Lauren Carpenter and her then-fiancee Sara Kelley participated in Equally Blessed’s pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, where they were able to talk with hundreds of Catholics from around the world about their experience as a same-sex couple in the Catholic Church.

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