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It is delightful to have "Breakfast with Joanna" here in Westchester County NY through reading your daily blog. Your Catholic history walks with lovely descriptions of London or the English countryside bring back wonderful memories of trips to Britain. Your descriptions of tea time make me swoon, and now I crave blackberry jam! Here, apples and pumpkins are much in evidence, but the leaves have yet to turn and, some days, are still like summer rather than autumn.Please continue to mention books you enjoy. Books that you have written and ones that you recommend help readers to reflect on the debt we owe the Catholic Church. It's wonderful to hear about Catholic schools in Britain;and the students seen on EWTN during the Pope's visit to Twickenham were a credit to their parents and their schools. Joan Lewis of "Joan's Rome" devoted a column to these students and reprinted the Pope's heartfelt talk to them.In the suburbs of NY, Catholic children are often enrolled at public (i.e.,free) schools. Suburban public schools provide an excellent curriculum, but sometimes have a secular, humanist agenda designed to "raise the consciousness" of students on issues like same-sex marriage, etc. Brief, weekly religious instruction (pleasing grandparents) is give to them by dedicated volunteers at local Catholic schools. They & their parents may or may not be in attendance at Sunday Mass. This is a big change from the 1970s when most Catholic children attended parochial schools staffed by various religious orders, and families were expected to and did attend weekly Mass together. Today, Catholic parents choose Catholic schools staffed by lay teachers because they are displeased with their local public schools, or because they want their children to learn "Christian" values in addition to the subject matter taught. Some of these students belong to other faiths. Sadly, the Archdiocese of NY will soon be forced, yet again, to close more Catholic schools while merging others. Sheila
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