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21 Things Latinos From Catholic Families Know To Be True

Whether you currently practice Catholicism or not, you know the belief in Papá Dios is woven into your family’s traditions, habits and everyday locura. For example…

1.There was no arguing when abuela summoned you to mass.


As abuela puts it, “Si tienes tiempo para comer mierda con tus amigitos, tienes tiempo para misa!” Of course, you might already be at mass because abuelita forced you to “volunteer” as an altar server, usher or choir member.

2. Lose something? Have a test coming up? Feel bored? Light a vela.


And then chill. San Antonio’s gotchu.

3. Actually, candle-lighting in general is the vaporu of Catholicism…


When in doubt, light one for La Virgen de [insert your country’s virgin here].

4. Growing up, some movies were just off limits.

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“Hocus Pocus”? Apparently it’s written by, directed by and starring: ~*~ El Diablo ~*~

5. And music genres like Reggaeton and Rap were off limits as well.


No Daddy Yankee at my house!

6. You had to learn prayers in both English and Spanish.

7. You earned extra points from your fam if your boo was Catholic, too.


Now you can focus on what he/she should really be judged on: appetite.

8. You knew better than to tell your fam “Happy Holidays.”


Forget political correctness; it’s “Feliz Navidad,” ? “Felices Pascuas,” ? or a sopapo. ? Your choice.

9. The “que comistes?” phone calls from home got a little bit more stressful on Fridays during Lent…


You tried. That totally counts.

10. Your first communion was kiiind of a big deal.

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Also, please take a moment and look at mini Selena Gomez’s Communion pic. Precious.

11. And if you had an older sister you totally used the same dress

 

Yes, the exact same dress… Your little cousin probably wore it too.

12. While other kids were excited for Christmas Day, you were all about Nochebuena.

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Especially if it meant having lechón.

13. Best thing of all was receiving presents til January. Thanks, Reyes Magos!


Fill up those Nikes, wise guy.

14. Praying el rosario is a group affair, especially for viejitas.


Sometimes these group prayers feel like a race too.

15. And the struggle of getting a rosario for your abuelita every time you travel is real.


Abuelitas really do love a nice Rosario. You better come right, or don’t come at all!

16. Thanksgiving Weekend What? More like Semana Santa.


That’s right! A whole week just for praying (yeah right!).

17. You know every single word of “El Padre Nuestro.”


“Padre nuestro que estás en el cielo, santificado sea tu nombre…”Because your mom would give you a dirty look if you didn’t know it by heart!

18. And even if you eventually found your own spiritual identity…


You know your family’s religious culture helped shape who you are.

19. You will never forget: Jesús está en todas partes.


Literally.

20. And the pictures of your first communion will forever be everywhere in your parents’ house.


MULTIPLE! EVERYWHERE!

21. And last but not least, you could never hear enough of the phrase: “Que Dios Te Bendiga.”


Amen.


READ: 13 Photos Any Catholic Latino Will Understand


What experiences did/do you have of being in a Catholic and Latino family? Mitú wants to know! Leave a comment below.

Parents Angered After Priest Refuses To Offer Autistic Son First Communion

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Parents Angered After Priest Refuses To Offer Autistic Son First Communion

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First Communion is a very important moment in any Catholic child’s life. The family gets together to watch the little ones walk down the church aisles in white and partake in the sacrament for the first time. For one family, however, a priest has taken that moment away from them because their child is autistic.

The LaCugna family is upset that their autistic son was denied his First Communion.

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Jimmy LaCugna took to Facebook to share his disappointment with his church for denying his special needs son his First Communion. First Communion is one of the most important moments in a young Catholics life and the family feels like it has been taken away from them.

“They said there is no way he can make his Communion. He doesn’t understand what the Holy Communion is about,” Nicole LaCugna told News 12 New Jersey. “Nowhere in the Bible does it ever show discrimination of anybody.”

Since the Facebook post by Jimmy, the church tried to change course then deleted their reversal from Facebook.

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Allegedly, the church released a statement that painted the LaCugna family as being dishonest about the situation. However, it was deleted from their Facebook page without warning.

The post initially stated that “new information has come to light” stating that children with intellectual and cognitive disabilities “should be presumed to have an inner spiritual relationship with God.”

“My heart shattered,” Nicole told the New York Post. “My first thought was, how do you take a child who was one of God’s children and say that he is not good enough, basically, to be making the sacrament?”

At the center of the controversy is the fact that Rev. John Bambrick made the decision but hasn’t addressed the family personally.

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In a statement posted to the church’s website, Rev. Bambrick blames the controversy on a breakdown of communication.

“With the guidance and support of Bishop David O’Connell, we were able to discern a way for the child to receive First Holy Communion without any delay,” Rev Bambrick stated. “We have made the family aware of this development and hope to be able to meet with them to discuss it. Their child continues to be welcome in our program, and will be able to receive First Holy Communion this year.”

Catholic parishioners have been shocked and dismayed by this church’s handling of a child with special needs.

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The decision to withhold the child’s First Communion for mental or health issues isn’t the first time. A quick Google search brings back several cases of children being denied their First Communion because of mental or health issues.

READ: 21 Things Latinos From Catholic Families Know To Be True

People On Twitter Are Sharing Their Hilarious Moments Of Catholic Guilt

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People On Twitter Are Sharing Their Hilarious Moments Of Catholic Guilt

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Ah. Catholic guilt. It’s the thing that keeps you up at night after missing a phone call with your Abuela and submitting to your mom’s demands that you drag your feet to church with her on any given Sunday. No matter where you are in your life, whatever parts of your faith you’ve cast aside, it sticks with you like eucharist to your tongue.  After all, catholic guilt is like living with your own personal nun who speaks truths and anxieties into your ear for the rest of your life. She asks if it’s real worth it to risk eternal hellfire for that one white lie or speeding in a neighborhood. Here are all of the times, Catholic guilt really got you.

The first time you start to think that sex before marriage might be caca?

And your Catholic school teachings snap your right back in for a few more years. Of course, through ought these years you experiment with a lot of “self-care” which you also feel guilty about. TBH you probably also used your virginity and ceasing to stop flicking the ol’ bean as a bartering chip for waiting to have sex too. 

When it feels so wrong that it feels so good.

“We all know catholic guilt is why we are kinky mfs”. And you KNOW that all of those years of delayed gratification led to a world full of weird kinks and freaks that you might even feel a little guilty for being into now. 

When the weather feels great but global warming.

“I know a lot of people are confused by the commingling emotions of “this weather feels so good,” and “we will pay for this and the earth is for sure dying,” so for those uninitiated I would like to say welcome to Catholic guilt” – @ohJuliatweets. You know global warming is a problem and yet, you can’t help but thank the stars for how warm it’s been this winter season. 

It’s the thing that walks with you in life like that story of Jesus’s feet on the beach.

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“Not ever dealing with catholic guilt and shame.”

It haunts you years and years later.

“When I was 22, I pretended the Nsync/Britney Spears cd I was buying at McDonalds drive-thru was for my 4 year old niece in the backseat becuz I was embarrassed. I still feel bad about that. Just in case anyone wonders what Catholic guilt feels like & how long it lasts. FOREVER!!”

And don’t get it twisted, Catholic guilt will be there with you through thick and thin. 

Because it will come for you in the A.M. 

It pops back at you when it’s time to eat.

So you never overindulge without feeling extremely guilty for it. In fact, you probably feel way worse after years of being told about all of the starving kids in Africa.