A New Era

A New Era

I’m dedicating today’s blog to my beautiful daughter, Monica. Because of her 8th grade graduation yesterday, today is the beginning of a new era for me.

After having four children attending St. Dominic Elementary School for 18 consecutive years—the same school that I also attended for seven years—I can finally say a bittersweet goodbye to a school I’ve been involved with for over 25 years!

So is this goodbye forever?  Absolutely not. St. Dominic has been my parish since early childhood. I’ve always felt a sense of community among the parishioners. This past weekend reminded me of that sense of belonging during our annual parish festival.

My husband and I were the chairpersons for a booth at our festival where we spent a majority of our wakeful weekend hours. While there, we conversed with old friends, acquaintances, and family members; and we even met new and very generous people that have become part of that fellowship that I so cherish.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin
(1 John 1:6-7).

As Monica enters a new chapter of her life at a new high school (and my high school alma mater) this fall, I look forward to sharing each and every step of her new journey with her. Monica is very amicable. She will make many new friends. Both she and I welcome the new community we are about to encounter.  This is going to be a fun ride!

And congratulations to Monica! I couldn’t have asked God for a better daughter than the one He has blessed me with!


About the Author

Sharon Lape is an editorial assistant in the periodicals department at Franciscan Media. She also researches and provides content for the popular Minute Meditations feature. Sharon is a wife and a mother of four children.
  • Jzarick

    It’s nice to hear about such loving families. Sounds like you are both blessed to have each other and your family. Good luck Monica (and Sharon) on your next adventure!

  • Monna Younger

    A beautiful daughter for a beautiful mother and what a beautiful story of your family’s spiritual journey. God bless you, Stan and those absolutely wonderfully spiritual children.

  • Steve Hart

    I hope Monica continues to be part of our family also.  She is a great young lady!!!

  • Fugmanp

    What a nice article.  Last child through St. Dominic.  Quite an accomplishment!

  • Jamisotw

    May God bless Monica in all her educational endeavors.
    Mother Seton, pray for us.

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