Hello everyone! My name is Shannon. I guess I’ll start off with a little about myself. I have been catholic my entire life…baptized, first communion, reconciliation, and confirmation. I didn’t go to Catholic school but did PSR/CCD classes growing up. However I Gus’s you could say I was going through the motions of faith. I believed but truthfully it was “whatever”. I joined the navy and was stationed overseas…Italy! My first and last duty stations were Italy. I was able to go to Rome and see the Vatican!! AWESOME!!! I was actually able to get a public audience with Pope John Paul II on his birthday. Because of that one of my most prized possessions (my grandfather’s rosary) was blessed.
In 2000 I was married by JOP without any family or friends…something I 100% regret. But I must live with that. Also in 2002 ,after 2 months of infertility treatments (just medications) I became pregnant but had what’s called a missed abortion (baby died at 8 weeks and I didn’t find out till 11 weeks). That right there is when I lost all the faith I had left. I am not proud to say it but I turned my back on God. No matter what people told me I thought maybe I was being punished for any number of things.
For some reason looking back I know God always wanted me to come home but I was to stubborn to listen. But now I hear Him loud and clear! Both of my sisters are receiving the gift of motherhood (1 became pregnant after being told she would never have children and the other one is going through the adoption process and will get her child any day).
My doctor now is pretty confident that I will get pregnant soon. I’ve been praying and hopefully it will get answered. I was given a St. Gerard medal by a local priest who has been praying for my husband and I regarding this.
Sorry for being so long winded but I figured all of these events had brought me to where I am today. Fr. Gerard (who took his name from St. Gerard) told me about having my marriage convalidated. I am very excited to hear about this. I would like to get some input from people that have had this done. How did the ceremony go? Was your family in favor with it? Any backlash? Did you have a “reception” after? What did you wear? Invitation a good idea? We are planning this to take place in about 2 years because one of my Navy friends will be a priest by then. He had been an important person of faith to my husband and I and it would mean a lot to us.
Thank you all and God Bless!