FIT, Sturdy Wings offer advice, support, prayer
November 23, 2010 • Flora Cabello, Staff Writer
Filed under Student Life
Private Schools, public school, and charter schools all have one major thing in common: divorced parents. Cathedral students Sammie Silva and Bianca Buono started the club a few years back called Families in Transitions or FIT. Members help other each other through tough problems with divorced parents. Families in Transitions meets on the second Tuesday of every month in Cabrini hall, room 108.
At each meeting, the moderators provide pizza and salad. The meeting then starts with a prayer. Then comes the most difficult part for some members… sharing their stories. After everyone has shared and advice has been given out, there is closing prayer.
Members discuss an array of topics that relate to divorce such as custody, child support, alimony, property division, cohabitation, adultery, and spousal abuse. If members related to any of the stories told they are encouraged to share their stories and offer advice.
The club is there for students’ benefit, to help give individuals perspective, to help them meet others in the same situations.. Having divorced parents can be very difficult and unsettling but, F.I.T. wants to help ease the time spent dealing with it. Even if one’s parents’ divorce is “normal”, the club can help because all situations are “normal” at one point, but all club members have issue with divorces.
F.I.T. is not only for students with divorced parents but for students whose family is going through a separation or a change in where they live, and F.I.T. also helps with the challenges of being a transfer.
The third Wednesday of the month is the healing Mass. F.I.T members are encouraged to attend along with Sturdy Wings’ members. Sturdy Wings is a club for students who have lost a family member or a friend. The club is there to offer advice and prayers.
The more students to share stories and give advice the better. The next Families in Transitions meeting is Tuesday, November 9th.