I am in RCIA, and have been for over a year. My only hangup is that my husband needs to start submitting paperwork to the Tribunal concerning a previous marriage. He was a Cradle Catholic returning to the church.
Our children have been in Catholic school since they started. We have one finishing up 3rd, and the second is in Kindergarten. The tuition costs for parishoners in increasing to $12000 for 2 kids. We can’t afford that.
We have had a hard financial year. My entire after tax income goes to the church to pay for child care at the Church and for school there. Because of that, we stayed behind, and tithing was behind. Now we are being told that if we were to stay in the school, we wouldn’t qualify for ‘partners in the mission’ discount ($900) for tuition. I am insulted in a way. How much more of a partner can I be with $23k of my income going to the church???
I am SO saddened to have to take the kids out. We genuinely want a Catholic education for our children. It’s frustrating to know that we aren’t good enough for the school, kwim? My kids are excelling…my 3rd grader is in the 95th percentile for Reading!!!