February - 2012
Family Name: Adair
Parents: Ronald, Catherine
Children: Carmella (10), George (8), Francis (2)
Our questions for Ronald and Catherine:
Tell us a little about yourselves - a paragraph or two . . . Where do you live? What parish do you attend? How did you meet?
We started dating when Ron was 20 and I was 19. We were together for several years off and on and finally married in 1998. We live in Ashburnham, Ma (on the NH border) and have been here for ten years. We now have three children. I have stayed home since the children were born. Before that, I was a Spanish teacher in Malden, MA. Ron is a research scientist at Abbott Bioresearch in Worcester, MA.
We attend St. Francis of Assisi in Fitchburg, MA and also St. Benedict Center in Still River, MA. Our son attends school at the Immaculate Heart of Mary school run by St. Benedict Center. Our daughter, currently homeschooled, will attend there starting next fall. We have a love for all things traditional and especially the Tridentine mass.
What is your favorite family activity?
In the summer, we enjoy spending time on Cape Cod where my parents have a home in Yarmouthport. We love hiking with our dogs – 2 rescue dogs named Koda and Chico. We love playing board games together – our current favorite is Quirkle.
What is a favorite family tradition?
We love celebrating our saints days! We celebrate by attending mass and having a special dinner and cake. We usually give the children a book or statue, or some sort of religious object. George especially likes being St. George for the day!
How does your family pray together?
Every morning we pray a family prayer together. Our goal is to pray the rosary together every evening, but with children of different ages that can be challenging. One of our favorite prayers is the Angelus, and we pray that three times a day.
What does your family find most challenging to living as a Catholic family in our society?
We find it most challenging to live our faith while all of our immediate and extended family are not practicing Catholics. We are very committed to the call to evangelize and to spread the prolife message of the Church. Sometimes that makes for some very uncomfortable moments, but we know that if we focus on the love of Jesus we can’t go wrong.
Thank you Adairs! Check back next month to see another family featured on our Family Spotlight.