10 Catholic School Memories That Make Me Glad To Ditch The Plaid

10 Catholic School Memories That Make Me Glad To Ditch The Plaid

Knee-high socks, sweater vests, and more!

Having attended Catholic schools from preschool to my senior year of high school, I’ve definitely made some interesting memories and have discovered what makes Catholic school different from other types of education.

Attending weekly Mass with your grade level, having strict uniform guidelines, and praying several times a day was just a part of the daily lifestyle. Here are ten of my most distinct memories of my time in Catholic school!

1. Uniform Violations

I spent years rocking a plaid skirt and polo, and up until high school, we were required to have our shirts tucked in. I also actually got in trouble once for wearing socks that were lower than my ankles.

2. Funerals

Almost all kids learned to altar serve (help out with Mass) while in Catholic school. We started getting paid twenty dollars every time we volunteered to serve at a funeral, so I began signing up for almost every funeral I could. It put a bit of a damper on the day, but getting paid AND getting to skip class couldn’t be beaten.

3. Sacraments

All Catholic kids receive the same sacraments together, so almost every second grader wore a suit or a white wedding-style dress to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist for our “First Communion.” We also had to perform several songs with choreographed hand motions.

4. Free Dress

When you wear a uniform every day of the school year, you absolutely LIVE for free dress days. Those days were rare, but you made up for them by planning out to wear your best outfits.

5. Mass Day Struggles

Us Catholic schoolers went to Mass every week with our grade. Despite having air conditioning, the church was always incredibly hot, and it wasn’t uncommon for kids to pass out during the service since we weren’t allowed to remove our sweater vests or cardigans.

6. "Leave room for the Holy Spirit"

A phrase actually uttered by teacher chaperones at our middle school dances.

7. Ash Wednesday

We were all required to attend an Ash Wednesday service once a year where black ashes were rubbed on our forehead to mark the beginning of the season of Lent. #Ashtag became a real thing, and you got used to getting strange stares after school was over.

8. No Makeup

If any girls were caught wearing any type of makeup, teachers would literally give them makeup remover wipes and make them go to the bathroom to take it off. At least we could wear “natural face powder” and “clear mascara”!

9. The Size

Catholic schools are tiny, and going to a kindergarten through eighth-grade school with the same 75 kids meant that everyone knew everything about everybody. We ALL knew if we got a new person in the grade or if anyone left the school.

10. Guilt Shaming

I had a teacher who would actually get kids in trouble during class if she found out they didn’t attend Sunday Mass. You were also scolded for not singing all the songs during church.

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A Letter From God To Help You Finish The Semester

God sees your struggles and He's here to give you strength and motivation.

My Child,

The lack of motivation towards the end of the semester is normal. You are mentally and physically tired, but you are almost at the end. Don’t stop walking down the perfect path I have for you. When you’re going along and you come upon a speedbump, I want you to go over it and keep driving. The paper you have to write and the test you have to study for are just small speedbumps I have given you to make you wiser. You can write that paper and you can gain motivation to study for that test. I am here to give you strength, and am here to open up your mind and give you motivation.

You are so loved. You have such a beautiful mind. The light of Jesus shines through your eyes and your smile brings comfort to the world. There’ll be times you feel like you’re carrying a heavy load. There’ll be times you feel like the task I have given you is impossible to perform. But remember this: I would never put anything upon your shoulders that you cannot carry. If I put you in a certain situation, it’s because I know you are strong enough to go through it.

When you feel like crying, cry to me. When you feel like a failure, remember how much I love you. You are not a failure and you are not going to give up. I will hold your hand through every second of your life. I will seek your heart through your darkest moments. I see you, I see your heart, and I see your burdens. And remember that I have your heart which means I also have your burdens. Follow my footsteps and you will be free from the doubt. Remember Mark 4:40-41: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” I have the power to calm any storm and wave. I have the power to calm YOUR storms and waves. Set your doubt, anger, and tiredness in my hands and simply be patient.

Romans 8:14-15 says,“For those who are led by the spirit of God are the children of God. The spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again, rather the spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.” Nothing can separate you from my love. Not even your lack of motivation. You have no motivation because you do not feel good enough. You are more than good enough. You were perfectly made by me and when I look down at you, I think of how proud I am of your heart.

Throughout the last few weeks of this semester, you will stumble upon speedbumps. But hold the hand of my son Jesus and you will be able to go over that speedbump with ease. Go write that paper, go study for that test, and go get an A in that class. I know you can because I have given you power.



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Warning Labels For The Bible

If I felt like decorating my Bible with warning stickers, these would be my top ones


Two of my friends put me up to this, so here I go.

This post is about warnings people should have about the Bible. Some of my warnings are serious and well-intentioned, while others are meant to cause a little chuckle/giggle, at the very least.


Bible Warnings

Warning: Jesus likes playing hide and seek, even after he died (#Resurrection #Easterday #findthatsheep #findthatcoin).

Warning: Reading the book of Numbers might give you a headache.

Warning: There are some erotic materials in here (I'm looking at you, Song of Songs).

Warning: Don't read this if you don't want your life to change.

Warning: Bringing this to class might cause someone to ask you about your faith.

Warning: R-rated for violence, especially for all those baby massacres.

Warning: Paul is a well-intentioned chatterbox. (Like that wise best friend who always knows when to call your dummy moves out on you or give you that holy wisdom you so desire.)

Warning: Sometimes, the footnotes don't make sense and you have to do some historical background reading on your own.

Warning: Don't read John 6 if you don't want to re-evaluate the Catholic Church.

Warning: Don't be like Jonah. Big fishes are out there still, and they are #hungry.

Warning: Don't read every book in here literally (another Revelation shoutout).

Warning: Jesus proclaims that faith and works are needed, not just faith alone.

Warning: God doesn't want you to be nice, He wants you to follow Him. (God would've had Jesus start petitions instead of flipping over tables if He wanted His followers to be accommodating/nice all the time.)

Now here are some facts.

Fact: God loves you, whether you're sinning hardcore or becoming a saint.

Fact: God wants to be more than just a cartoon image in your dusty childhood Bible picture book at home.

Fact: When you read the Bible or hear it out loud in a faithful community, your life will change. You might not see it right away, but it will, and you will have more joy (not the same as happiness - it's better).

Fact: Something's holding you back from believing this, and I encourage you to address it, cuz your lack of faith is not a good look for you.

Now here is a reflection

As I was writing this list, I started realizing how many stories I know in the Bible. I also reflected on all of the stories in my life. I recalled how God has calmed my heart when I thought it would burst from anxiety. I remembered when God started and ended relationships and left me with a million life lessons because of it.

I remembered that I'm also a part of the story, and the book of Salvation History is not done - I'm a part of it, too, and I am a KEY PLAYER BABY... if I would only embrace my role more as a disciple of Christ!

Basically, I wish to live life in such a way that the warning label "Watch out, this girl's doing Christ's good work!" would be applicable to me. I wish I was on fire for Christ. I wish I was all His and never afraid of it.

Even though I'm not there yet, God has placed that desire on my heart and He will fulfill the good work He has started with me. I just have to participate.

And I hope you decide to participate, too, because being a part of God's story is the most exciting, dramatic, difficult, fulfilling, heart-wrenching (for all the right reasons), joyful, and straight up interesting thing to do while on earth.

See you next time I release a blog post!


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