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Steve Parr wrote on January 1, 1970
Sweet Catie, Your beautiful spirit inspires us all. We are better people because of you, and strive to make you proud every day. Our Kathryn went to heaven July 4th 2003. May she watch you, and wash healing love and guidance over all of your family. Your are in our hearts and prayers. Thank you for sharing that incredible smile with us. Hugs, Steve & Ann
Shan wrote on January 1, 1970
Catie, I learned about you from another St. Jude family. What started with one little girl name Kayla and our support for her grew into support for Mary Kate then Elizabeth and you. I have introduced my children to all of your stories. You are all in our prayers and all of you are in our hearts. Catie you inspire me to be a better person and to see the beauty and gift that God sets before us everyday. Sometimes as people grow up they lose that gift, but your grace and strength have helped bring that back to me. Thank You. God Bless You and your family
Sylvia wrote on January 1, 1970
8) Good morning O'Brien family! Sending love and hugs this morning and hope that your day is filled with sunshine and smiles! love, sylvia xoxo
Marie Garvey wrote on January 1, 1970
Hi Catie! I'm glad that you and your whole family are back together! PA is a little bit colder than TN isn't it? I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! God Bless you Catie! Love, Marie
The Remick Family wrote on January 1, 1970
Hi Catie! Welcome home sweetie. We want you to know we are thinking about you. Megan and Jenny can't wait to see you and your family again. Have a Merry Christmas. Love, Rich, Cathy, Kaitlyn, Megan & Jenny Pottstown, PA
Jenny Remick wrote on January 1, 1970
Ohhh!!!! Caite u are soooo cute!!! I hope this goes away and quickly!!! I just hope that God is on our side sooo she cann get better!!!!! Im 11 years old and i went to the caites cure were mrs. bready was and saw caite !! maybe youll know me from winning the gaint art basket!!! LOL!! :grin I kills me to see u like this !!! I want to tell u everyday my school has been praying for u kaite!!!! U may know my mom cathy Remick she works at the PC! I saw the pic of u house that is sooooo cute!!!! I want to see u make your first communion soooo bad !!!!! keep hang on !! I keep praying!!! :cry i wish i could donate but i have no money!!! :( ps I love u!!! :grin
Sylvia wrote on January 1, 1970
Good morning O'Briens! Happy Saturday! Have fun at the birthday party today. Wow Christine, I am amazed - thank you for the update - we never stop praying. I am so excited for your trip to Lourdes - do you know that January 7th is the Orthodox Christmas? Victor's family is of the Orthodox on January 6th we have Christmas Eve with Holy Supper at Victor's dad's home - sometimes there are 50 of us! Before Victor's mom passed away, she would make all of the pierogies herself - since her passing all of the girls, including our five young cousins from CT, and cousin Sara from Maryland, get together the Sat. after Thanksgiving at cousin Jeannie's home to make the sure makes us appreciate all that mother Pituch did!!! We have pierogies, mushroom soup, bobalkie (little dough balls dipped in honey), and fish for Holy Supper. It really is a special time. Then we go to church on January 7th and I will ask the priest to pray a special prayer for safe travel for your family. So glad everyone is back under one roof and that things are going "relatively" smoothly. Have a beautiful day! love, sylvia xoxo
Marthe Terry wrote on January 1, 1970
Peace be with you, dear O'Briens! Glad you're all home together again, safe and sound. My little, brave "Saint" Catie. Each morning around 8:00 I gently "zap" your picture in my Catie Shrine with Lourdes water. How beautiful to be going to Lourdes! Will be praying for you on your very special Christmas Day--what a Gift you will receive--JESUS HIMSELF! I can't wait to see pictures of you in your special dress. Lots of love to you and all your family, Marthe
The Cherian Family wrote on January 1, 1970
Welcome home Catie and Christine! I am sure life for the O'Brien clan is much better when you are all under one roof in Mechanicsburg! We hope you had a great time at Uncle Sean and Aunt Pillar's today. We are so happy that you will go to Lourdes--what a miraculous journey that will be. Angel--you are in our prayers, and we love you so much. God Bless, Aunt Marissa, Uncle Saj, Cole and Alessandra
Carrie and Marvin Long wrote on January 1, 1970
Good Eveving Catie, I learned about u from the caring bridge website. I am glad u had a great trip home and will pray for you. Just know that God will watch over you. You and your family have such great faith in Him and when it's time Catie do not fear we will all still keep you in our thoughts and our hearts. You have touched my heart and I will always remember you and your beautiful smile. Keep smiling sweetie and have a good day monday at school. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily.
Cheri Koozer wrote on January 1, 1970
Dear O'Brien Family, We are so glad that you are all together again at home! We continue to pray every day for you and we continue to be so inspired by your story. You have touched our hearts in so many ways and have taught us so much. We are so excited to hear that you will be going to France on Jan. 7th. What an incredible trip that will be. So glad you are back at school Catie and making everyone smile! You are ***. Love, Cheri, Kailynn and Doug Koozer
Christine Acchione wrote on January 1, 1970
Hello O'Briens - I have not met you, but feel I know you well through your truly beautiful and inspirational Catie's Updates. Catie, I know your grandfather Closkey through my work at Villanova University - he included me in the forwarded emails in June (right after his 50th reunion)...and my husband Bill, son Will (6-years old) and I have been praying for you every night since. I also know your uncle Sean a little bit and there's another connection as well - your aunt Kathleen works at the high school where I went, and my niece Jackie Arnold just graduated from there too! So the Holy Spirit is definitely at work to connect us! I have thought about signing this guestbook so many times and did not, as I didn't want to unnecessarily intrude in your lives. But the Holy Spirit moved me to write to you tonight and say a big THANK YOU for your inspiration - to be strong, to remember that God has a plan for all of us and, most importantly -- to hug and cherish and be present with those we love, at all times. We all have challenges in our lives and your wonderful example of handling those challenges with grace (and God's grace) has really meant a lot to me. Enjoy your First Communion, Christmas, Lourdes and all the wonderful times with your family and friends!
Peggy Gallmann ~ MAW wrote on January 1, 1970
HI Catie and Family ~ So glad you are all together ~ Know the hugs and hand holding are just what was needed!!! I'm so excited you are getting your wish to go to Lourdes -~ I am in touch with Laurian and she will let me know if I need to do anything ~ So thrilled you will be receiving your First Holy Communion on Christmas Day!! How Special ~ just like you!!! Still wear your bracelet ~ You still remain on all my prayer lists ~~ Merry Christmas ~ You are a big Miracle in a Little Child!! Love Peggy :)
Jessica Rhea wrote on January 1, 1970
I am THRILLED you are going the France. Can't wait to see pictures. I pray that you and your family will continue to experience these awesome moments together! Take care ~ Jessica PS The Hershey Kisses are long gone, thanks!! :grin
Jai Powell wrote on January 1, 1970
It's good to know you are all home together. You family sounds like something from a Karen Kingsbury novel-A very christian-loving family. God must be so proud of you all. I know the girls are looking forward to seeing France. My thoughts and prayers continue that Catie is blessed with miracles from our heavenly Father.
Tina Burke wrote on January 1, 1970
I am so glad to hear that Catie is doing well. I do miss seeing her beautiful smiling face. Take care Sweetie. Ms. Tina :roll
Kristy Rivet wrote on January 1, 1970
Wow...I read your post through tears. You have an *** gift for writing so that I feel like I know Catie personally. I cannot imagine what you are going through, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your precious story with me. I pray for you each day and will continue to do so.
The Gill family wrote on January 1, 1970
We are praying that Catie has the energy to make it through the school Christmas shows today. We keep hearing from our 1st grade daughter what a great singer Catie is and that the 2nd grade class sings the best because of her. We also hope that there has been time to get the Santa list together in all the busyness. Finally, I see that you (as the rest of us) are praying for a miracle. I believe technically, we are actually praying for ANOTHER miracle. All that the experiences of a seven year old have done to teach and inspire so many about life is its own little miracle. lots of love and prayers for all the O'Briens.
Sylvia wrote on January 1, 1970
Happy Wednesday Catie and family! Did you hear that we're suppose to get a snow storm on Friday?! I have to admit that it does look so pretty - we had a bit more than a dusting yesterday. I hope you all have a good night! love, sylvia xoxo
The Savage Family wrote on January 1, 1970
It was wonderful to see you together again at Mass and at the Christmas Program at St. Joes. We have been following your story and are praying for a miracle along with you. Thank you for sharing your journey and for inspiring so many in our community and beyond. Not many people are able to touch so many lives the way Catie has!
Catherine Hodges Kaslusky wrote on January 1, 1970
Catie, it was so wonderful to see you and your siblings singing tonight in the Christmas Program! You are such a FABULOUS singer and your smile makes my day! I LOVE music like you - and I think of life as a musical! Everytime something happens in my day- a little song runs through my head... you know what song runs through my head everytime I read about your day or see you in church? "You are my sunshine!" because your smile is God smiling down on all of us! Enjoy these next crazy days at school! Its the time of year for smiles, beautiful sights, and the miracle of life!
Brenda Rydell wrote on January 1, 1970
Dear O'Brien Clan, We just wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts daily. Brayden and I were so upset that we missed you and wandered D clinic daily looking for you. We are so happy that you are together as a family for the Holidays. Is South Carolina for Christmas still in the plans? Catie, you continue to inspire me as a person, as a mom and also as a daughter and a wife. Christine, you inspire me with your *** faith. I thank god that we were sitting in the cafeteria at St. Jude's that day. I will never forget it. I believe that we are supposed to have certain people in our lives and feel so grateful that he chose to intertwine our lives and paths during this struggle. Love, The Rydell family Bob, Brenda, Brayden, Brynnan and Blair
Jai Powell wrote on January 1, 1970
Your family is a true gift from God. You are all a tremendous inspiration to everyone who knows you and who reads your updates for Catie. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God place many blessings and miracles upon Catie and her family. Thank you for sharing you love of your family with us.
Kelli Weathers wrote on January 1, 1970
I am amazed by your family and their determination and faith as you all walk Catie's journey together. She seems like a beautiful, special little girl. I hope that she continues to have many wonderful days and that she has minimal to no pain. Stay strong and keep the faith! You all are in my thoughts and prayers! Love, Kelli Avery Weathers :o)
Dr. David E. Conroy, Deacon wrote on January 1, 1970
Dear Catie: I was delighted to share in a brief visit with you and your parents prior to the concert the other evening. I am Kim Lane's dad. I want to assure you and your family that all of the 5,500 families at St. Tim's Catholic Church in Chantilly, Virginia are diligently praying for your cause. I also wish to convey to your marvelous parents that many wonderful folks in this area have heard about your story and are most willing to be of assistance in any way, as needed. Please be assured of my prayers and those of my Bride for both you and your family. May the Lord bless and keep you in His loving care, always, and in all ways. Lovingly in Christ, Dr. and Mrs. David E. Conroy, Deacon
Frank Hodges wrote on January 1, 1970
I have just today been redirected to your website. Christine, you would be crazy to remember me, but I met you and Catie on the Target House shuttle this summer shortly after you arrived in Memphis. I sat behind you, and I distinctly remember the charm in Catie's eyes and have been pestered by this "familiar person" in the St. Jude/Jason Taylor commercial, until I finally put everything together. This morning before work, I found your website, and got updated on your current situation. I remember your telling me that your doctor emailed you and prayed for you before you made the trip down South. What an awesome thought to know that someone is there before you with a plan. I believe strongly, as does your family, that God is before us with a plan. I pray that plan is for healing. I believe that we disappoint God when we do not come to Him with our bold prayers, for that shows Him that we believe he can do anything - so we pray boldly for Catie. I will continue to follow your journey and lift up your family and children daily. My favorite verse: Joshua 1:9 . . . "Do not be afraid, for I am with you wherever you go." God Bless you.
Claudette wrote on January 1, 1970
Dear Catie & family: Mary Kate's mother, Regina, wrote about you and just wanted to drop in for a moment. I'm praying that you and your dear family will and have been feeling our Lord's closeness to you. Yes, He does stay close even, or especially, when we are in the valley. Psalms 23. Sending love, prayers and best wishes, Claudette
Naomi Somerville wrote on January 1, 1970
Dear Catie, December 20 How are you doing?Sorry I havn`t been responding to your e-mails. Catie I am in a pickle,it`s already 5 days until Christmas AND I DON`T HAVE A TREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!My mom says that today is the only day to get a Christmas tree. The other day I wrote a story and this is how it goes: Greetings alien bunnies. We are planing our attack on the earthlings. Our mission is to get all their cookies so we can have our annual cookie partie. I`m also planing on taking some of their peanut butter. Your friend, Carl, the alien bunny Have a very, merry Christmas, Catie. I will be thinking of you as you make your first holy communion! Love, Naomi
Ryan and Brent Holzman wrote on January 1, 1970
Hi Catie! Remember we told you about the Love Light Tree at St. Columbkill Church and how we weren't using an artificial tree this year but a real evergreen from our very own yard? Well we were supposed to cut it down yesterday but due to the ice storm we were unable to do so. This morning our Uncle Bob cut it down for us and tomorrow we will be decorating the church. We have several friends helping us to lug it to church tomorrow and God-willing, stand it up! It's really, really tall and will be quite a challenge. But as promised, we will be placing your Love Light dove high up on the tree in a place of honor. :p Then, as you know, the tree stays up until Epiphany and meanwhile, the whole church will be praying for all the intentions represented by the doves on the tree. We are so happy you will be receiving your First Communion on Christmas. How wonderful to receive Jesus for the very first time on such a special day. We will be thinking of you & praying for you of course, as we do every day. Love Ryan and Brent P.S. We visited Fr. Keith at St. Jane's today and lit a candle for you. :)
jumana wrote on January 1, 1970