Parenting Practicals

A Life Changing Bribe

We thought we were doing everything right.

Every Sunday, we went to Mass as a family, our children received their sacraments, they went to CCD, and we taught them their prayers. However, over time, we realized the faith never ignited in their souls. We recognized we had to make a change, and that we were losing our children. Because of our own inadequacies in our faith we didn’t know what to do. We were upset and very concerned.

One weekend we decided to search for a parish that would meet our desperate needs. We found St. Francis Cabrini in Littleton, Colorado and the Life Teen program. We truly felt it was the right place for our family, but only two of our three children embraced the Life Teen program. Our frustration continued with our oldest son and we reached out to a Life Teen staff member for help. Acting on her…

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About the Author

Mary and Darrell Nepil

Mary and Darell Nepil live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. They have three children and three grandchildren. Their oldest son, Father John Nepil, is currently studying for his PhD in Rome at Santa Croce University. Steve, the second oldest child, is married with one daughter. Steve is the Youth Director at St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church in Littleton, Colorado. Katie, the third child, is married with two little boys. Mary is a retired elementary school teacher and is active in Endow, and Darell works as an HR Director for CH2M Hill and is completing his fourth year of formation and will be ordained June 2017.