Rebuilding CatholicMom.com - Thank You for Your Prayers! Keep Them Coming!

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Rebuilding CatholicMom.com

Rebuilding CatholicMom.com

Many of you have heard that this week, CatholicMom.com suffered a devastating website outage. Our web developer is working overtime to help us get things back into working order, but it will likely take me several weeks of work to recoup much of what was lost in this situation. The “editor” in me wants to paint a rosy picture for you and tell you that things will all be perfect by the middle of next week. But the rest of me — the mom who’s doing her best to keep things firing on all cylinders for my family while dealing with this situation — knows that it’s likely to take a bit longer than that.

I ask for your prayerful support of the work that is ahead of me. Honestly, when this first happened in the middle of the week I was tempted to throw up my hands and despair. This week, gathered in Texas with so many of our CatholicMom.com contributors and with our amazing publisher partner Ave Maria Press, we announced and celebrated the launch of our new CatholicMom.com Books imprint.

Surveying the damage, I asked myself, “Why??!! Why now??!! Why us!” God and I had a good chat, and I chastised the part of my brain that was allowing itself to consider tossing in my laptop and walking away – we have too much good work to be done. We have supported too many families and parishes literally around the world to let something like a few lost bytes stop us now. Too much work remains ahead of us — the work of the New Evangelization and the sharing of the Good News of the Gospel in new and creative ways.

Thank you to all of our CatholicMom.com contributors!

So yes, things are going to be a bit messy here on the site, likely for a few weeks. I will be doing my very best to patch things up while still serving my family and keeping up with the rest of my schedule. Please keep those prayers coming, and if the work of this site has been helpful to you please share an encouraging word or two in the comments section below. I could use some uplifting words today!

Again, I want to thank all of our amazing CatholicMom.com contributors, who are truly the heart and soul of this site. Having had the chance to hug many of you in person this week, I send ALL of you my love and eternal gratitude for the ways in which you have lifted me and so many others with the sharing of your work. YOU are CatholicMom.com, and together, we will move forward and continue to serve, to share, and to celebrate.

LMH

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com 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 www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

30 Comments

  1. I love your site! I have gained so much help in my role as a PSR Catechist and also working with our Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Your website has been a great resource for my parish, St. Joachim in Old Mines, MO. All of our catechists use your site to help augment our lessons. We are very grateful for all your hard work. Thanks so much!

  2. May the blessings of the Lord be upon you. My prayers are given that things will be sorted,redone,and whatever other technical words you want to use.

  3. Lisa, I figured you’d be tearing your hear out over this. Be assured of prayers and my fervent hope that everything is back on track soon! I’m a longtime fan of this site, and I can be patient while the kinks are worked out.

  4. My prayers are with you, Lisa, as you take on the daunting task of reworking this site. I only discovered Catholic Mom 2 weeks ago through a Kindle trial subscription and wonder now how I ever got along without it. What an invaluable resource it’s turning out to be, even in this short amount of time. I sincerely thank you and your contributors for the energy, love, and inspiration you put into this website..it does not go unnoticed. Blessings to you all.

  5. I’m proud to be part of such a wonderful site. It drives me crazy that I live in Dallas and I didn’t make it to this conference to meet all the wonderful fellow contributors! Lisa- this too shall pass:) You are doing great work and be encouraged that so many women are evangelized in awesome ways through the stories, prayers and resources on catholicmom.com. This is a bump that will be overcome. Philippians 4: 6-7 Love to all of you!

  6. Jennifer Ciaccio on

    I just wanted to send a note of encouragement and of course prayers to you. Thank you for persevering through the computer problems. I found your website through a happy accident and am so grateful that God led me to you. Your stories are inspiring and sometimes funny, helpful in little ways and big ways. There have been many times that I have read something that truly guided me in ways that I didn’t even know I needed that help. Keep up the truly excellent work! 🙂

  7. Lisa,
    I completely understand what you are going through. I get tempted to throw in the towel when things get hectic with the magazine. Maybe it means we are doing a ton of good and soneone “down there ” wants to trip us up. Keep doing God’s work. Its hard and a struggle at times but He is with you.

  8. Lisa,
    I’ve been with you from the beginning – this is just beginning again – you are a gift to so many and will continue. Sometimes we all hit such moments and it is the prayers and support of others that help get us through – you have that and more.

  9. Thank you for hanging in there – you are a lifeline and encouragement. Relax and know you are being blessed and that nothing can stand in the way of God’s word and blessings. You, your family, and all the contributors are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Good day to all of you Catholic Moms!
    PAX!
    I just paid a short visit, really, in your website and I was caught by a word or words that I also thinking all day long. You are not just have an ordinary job rather, it is an apostolate that the Devil really hates, surely. You are entering a head-to-head combat using this instrument Catholic Mom website so, it is a spiritual warfare. KEEP ON FIGHTING CATHOLIC MOMS! COURAGE! FORWARD! PRAY THE ROSARY! ALL OF YOU! Use your weapons! The ROSARY! I WILL pray for all of you!

    God bless you!
    Mama Mary loves you!
    Jesus Mary Hao of Philippines

  11. Lisa, you have my prayers and my undying support and love. Your ability to stay sane despite…everything…is a testimony to the true power of trusting in God.

    And as for that picture? Wow. You couldn’t have told me five years ago that I would be in THAT kind of awesome company.

    Hugs and kisses all around. I am having the time of my life, and I have this lovely CatholicMom.com community to credit for it!

  12. Greatly enjoy your site, and I have appreciated the opportunity to contribute a couple essays over the years. Hope and pray all is fixed soon!

  13. A few weeks will pass in a flash and the new site will be even better. Nothing worthwhile ever seems to flow smoothly and this just proves (IMHO) that you are going great and effective work. Remember St Teresa trying to set up a convent…her carriage got caught in a flooded river and the wheel broke. Her famous words.. “If this is how you treat your friends no wonder you have so few!!!” Keep going, that flood will subside before you know it and as everyone knows, floodplains are the most fruitful of all.
    Jennifer x

  14. Oh, my goodness! When I met you at the CMN I had no idea you were in the midst of this disaster. You were certainly very calm and collected! God bless you. Prayers will go up for a quick and painless recovery of the site!

  15. Prayers for you and the site, Lisa! I’ve been out of touch since last week and am only now catching up on things. God’s got great ideas, and I’m sure He’s got good reasons for even this! I am so grateful to you, Lisa, and for your Catholicmom apostolate that has supported both my writing and my motherhood. It would be difficult to overstate what a blessing you and Catholicmom have been to my life and I pray that so many more moms might be touched as I have. You have my prayers and deep gratitude–Meg

  16. Cynthia Ann Costello on

    Lisa,
    I was just catching up on my emails and read this…and it gives me the wonderful opportunity to tell you what a great witness you are to Catholic moms in a time when it is SO GREATLY NEEDED! Please know I will be praying for you in this difficult time and I am confident the God will prevail and bring you and Catholicmom through it!

  17. I’m thinking of St. Paul: Run so as to win the race. 🙂 You’ll win the website battle, Lisa. I’m offering a prayer today. So excited about the partnership with Ave Maria. God bless you, Colleen

  18. I’m so thankful Lisa you didn’t throw in the towel!!! I have found strength and graces reading the many wonderful articles. As a mother of a 15 month old I need all the spiritual help I can get. Thank you..you are my blessing!!!!! Hang in there the rough waters will calm once again. God bless you now in difficulty and always.

  19. I love Catholicmom.com and was SOOOO worried when I couldn’t get in last week. Now I know why! I love this site and the community here! Thank you for all the work that you do to provide this forum for us!

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