Catholic High School Mom's Situation a Wake Up Call


In reading the headlines today, one caught my eye:  “Mom Arrested For Catholic School Toga Party”.  Perhaps because my boys are teens and we typically host their friends in our home, the article hits home and provides me with the reminder that I need to be very vigilant in my supervision.  Our sons and their friends are great kids, but I’d never say that something like this won’t happen with them – a party involving drinking that gets out of control – but I can say that it won’t be happening in my house.

We would never host a party where alcohol was served.  The facts in the article seem to be contradicted by many of the comments below that seem to indicate that the mom in question, Debbie Gibney, was not serving alcohol and was trying to handle a situation gone horribly wrong.  Not knowing the families involved or the facts of the case, all I can say is that I’m praying for the Gibney family, the students of Cathedral High School, and teens and their parents everywhere.  The journey to adulthood is a precarious path.  Situations such as this are a great reminder that we all need to be very careful with our most precious resource – our children.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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