Thursday, June 19, 2008

Family Request

Greetings, We do not mean for this to sound rude to anyone who has come by to visit and offer support, but right now Ali and I are asking for no visitors at the hospital. We have just had very dramatic news given to us over the past few days, and all the energy that we can muster is dedicated to Cate, each other, and making decisions that will effect our family. We ask that you please honor our request at this time. Thank you so much. I will be writing a blog later this afternoon after we have received and processed some more information from the Doctors and Surgeons. It is very important and we will need your prayers to strongly continue.

60 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Charlie and Ali, We can only imagine what you are going through right now. Kurt and I have been following your journey these past 7 days and our hearts are so full for both of you and Cate. You are in our prayers daily, and our prayer warriors in San Diego are fighting for you too!
Love, Kurt and Jen Davidson

Rose Stelly said...

Charlie & Ali,

Praying for you. May God give you continued strength.

Aunt Rose

Anonymous said...

Charlie,
We've never met but we were at FUS at the same time. A friend passed along this blog address and your request for prayers. Please know that they're coming. I'm a youth minister in Pgh and I'll have my teens prayering for your family this evening.
Jen Corsa

Anonymous said...

if you need we will be there in a no time--well 3 hours at least!!! Love you and we are praying hard.
If you need a good laugh go to jamieorillion.com/personal and check out my idiotic but wonderful husband.
with love,
Rebecca

Wendi Homan said...

Charlie and Ali,
All I can say is that I love you both very much. You, Cate, Ella, & Dude are always in my thoughts.
Love...Wendi

Bartas in Texas said...

Love you guys more and more each day. And whenever I look at that photo of Cate, my heart just melts. She is so gorgeous! We have your backs.

love you,
courtney & jeremy

Anonymous said...

We are here for you and we keep praying.....
love the Blythes

Matt Smith said...

The Life Teen staff prayed for your family today during our Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. Candyce's mother unleashed the prayer warriors of San Diego yesterday. Know that you guys are on our hearts all day.

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that I am in awe of you guys. As I( and many others) am constantly checking the blog, praying and crying. I can't begin to understand what your family is going through but one thing that stands out to me is the incredible faith and strenght that the two of you have. I pray not only for Cate's recovery but for your entire family's peace and continued strength and faith. God be with you in this difficult time.
Praying for all of you,
Casey Reyes and family

Anonymous said...

you guys are in my family and I's constant thoughts and prayers... Steubenville South is this weekend if Im not mistakened Im sure everyone that knows you guys or even just knows your name and story will be dedicating their weekend to prayers for cate and your family. Ive seen amazing things happen at Steubenville (thanks to you guys encouraging us to go when I was in lifeteen) so I know you both know the ways in which God is present with all the teens that attend..I love you both, stay strong!-Erin Dawson

Megan Perkins said...

Still praying ...

Megan, Jason, Hayes, Mary Elizabeth and Samuel Perkins

Marlo said...

Praying for your family and your beautiful precious girl. May Christ's sacrifice bring you continued peace and perseverance!

Anonymous said...

Still here with you Charlie, praying that God grants you and Ali the strength, calm and wisdom needed to deal with all of the information coming at you.
Also still praying for God to infuse the doctors with supernatural wisdom and ability and work through them to heal your sweet Cate.
A third prayer is that Ella and Dude are happily playing today without a worry on their minds.
God Bless,
Cheree

Christina Reinhardt said...

Dr. Del and his staff are praying for you...

Anonymous said...

June 13th GOD CALLING excerpt:

"God-Inspired"

"You have entered now upon a mountain climb. Steep steps lead upward, but your power to help others will be truly marvelous.

Not alone will you arise. All towards whom you now send loving, pitying thoughts will be helped upward by you.

Looking to Me all your thoughts are God-inspired. Act on them and you will be led on. They are not your own impulses but the movement of My Spirit, and obeyed, will bring the answer to your prayers.

Love and Trust. Let no unkind thoughts of any dwell in your hearts, then can I act with all My Spirit-power, with nothing to hinder."

Ed and Crystal Moody said...

Dear Ali and Charlie,

Please know that we are constantly praying for you. I have made plans with your parents to keep the kids over the weekend and do tons of activities with them. I also want you guys to know that I am just a phone call away, so if you would like for me to bring Ella and Dude to Houston at any point over the weekend, I will gladly do so in a heartbeat (whether it be for an hour or a day). God bless and I will keep in touch...

Ed and Crystal Moody

Anonymous said...

The Reinhardts are holding you close to our hearts and are continually praying for Cate, all the Cantrells, and her doctors. Love, Christina, Nate, and Rachel

aimee landreneau said...

Holding you in prayer...

Anonymous said...

Still praying constantly for Cate and her precious family, doctors, and nurses. God bless each of you and keep you safe.

Christie Noel

Anonymous said...

Ali and Charlie and Baby Cate, you are so loved and being lifted up in every moment to Heaven! Keep on keeping on in this good fight.

Love,
the Bartas from CA

Anonymous said...

Charlie & Ali,

Fred, Evan & I have been praying for all of you. Just know we love you all so much and will continue to keep you in our prayers.

Love Lanie

Anonymous said...

We are friends of Steve Cordier's in PA. I read his prayer request on our Cursillo prayer chain this a.m. and I am praying hard for baby Cate and for all of you!! May the Lord carry you today and be right at Cate's side. And may Mother Mary hold Cate in her loving arms.

God bless,

Ellen Rundle

Fr. Dan Beeman said...

I don't know you guys, but every time I sneeze, one of my friends is asking me to pray for Cate, so I figured I'd offer the Church's highest form of prayer. I offered the Holy Mass for Cate and for all of you today. God's blessings and know of my continued prayers. Christ our Hope!

Anonymous said...

I found a link to your blog via a friend's prayer request. I've been praying for Cate & your family throughout the day & will continue to pray for you all in the days ahead.

God Bless,
Sophia C.

Jennifer said...

I'm headed to Mass, 5:15 at St Pete's. You will be in my prayers.
Peace
Jen Brown
HSY "Organizer" here on campus.

Charlie and Andrea said...

You all have been in our prayers and remain there. Your sweet family and it's needs are being brought before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament daily during my holy hour here at our training (www.focusonline.org) at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.
Your hope, faithfulness, and transparent sharing of feelings is such a witness to true Christian suffering.
May God bless you with His peace.
Love,
The Mercer family-Charlie, Andrea, and girls (formerly of The Woodlands)

Ben and Jana Broussard said...

Hey guys,

Just wanted you to know that we love you dearly and we are praying our hearts out. Thanks for your honesty in your blogs..I know it is just a taste of what you are going thru, but at least we feel like we can walk (or crawl) thru this with you. Please hug each other for us. May you find the supernatural peace and comfort that only God can bring....We love you

Ben and Jana Broussard

Jamie said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

Jamie and Ashton Fonseca

Anonymous said...

Hi Charlie and Ali,
I just wanted to let you know our prayers are going out daily for Cate and your family. I can only imagine the stress and emotional fatigue you are going through. We are recruiting more prayer warriors for the cause.

In Christ,
Michael, Amanda, Jarrett, and Andrew Comeaux

Mary Bergeron said...

Charlie & Ali, Have been keeping up with you through your writings and through JRP III, proud new father of JRP IV. Father James and I speak of Cate's progress each day, and you are all in our prayers. Stay strong and be assured of our constant and vigilant care, hope and prayers for all of you. Much love ... Mary Bergeron

David The Hust said...

Love y'all.
& know that I am banging on the doors of Heaven for y'all.

again, Love y'all.
-David Hust

Anonymous said...

I found this blog through testosterhome.net since I'm a Catholic mom of boys, I visit her site. But I also have a Baby Cate, who is 16 months old. Our family will offer up our nightly prayers for your Baby Cate tonight. God Bless.

Rebecca

Cinco Owens said...

Good afternoon, I just prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for Baby Cate and opened Saint... Faustina's Diary to seek words from Christ for the two of you...this is what I found "Be always ready; I will not leave you in this exile for long. My holy will must be fulfilled in you"(1539). I'm praying for our Lord's Mercy to calm the storm raging in your hearts. Let His love and generous Mercy bring you peace. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

We also met and said a Chaplet of mercy today at 3 pm and called on the intercession of St. Faustina. We MADE our kids pray, so even more soldiers on you guys side! Hang in there, his peace will come soon. I will keep begging for grace for you guys.
Wendy Lantz
Amy Johnson

sumi said...

Praying...

Lindsay Hymel said...

Dear Charlie and Ali,
I have been praying for your family daily and have been kept up on everything via the facebook groups and your blog. I cannot begin to imagine all the emotions, struggle, and tribulation you face tonight and everyday- but i do PRAY and it helps me to put things in perspective in my own life. I cry everytime I read your latest blogs and I offer my tears up to God as a prayer. My sister just had a baby girl last week and we are praying for your baby girl. There is a Gospel song that often plays in my head and some of the words go... "our God is on time God-yes he is yes his.. He may not come when you want him to but he'll be right on time..our God is on Time God- yes he is yes he is"
Sincerely,
Lindsay Hymel (FUS alumni c/o 2003)

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine to begin to think of what you are going through right now. I just wanted you to know that you are still in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel God's presence in every minute of every day. It has been a difficult journey and we are with you in prayer through every step of the way.
God Bless each of you,
Mike & Martha Marse

Anonymous said...

Oh all our prayers. You have our hearts. May God grant you wisdom, peace, acceptance, and of course strength too! The Bosters

Lizzy said...

God Bless you and your family. My children and I will be praying for you all.

Blessings from South Carolina,
Liz

Anonymous said...

Hello Charlie & Ali. We've never met, but I wanted to let you know that we are praying. I am in Houma and Maureen & Gretchen passed along this link. I am teaching at Vacation Bible School this week and all 109 of our little prayer warriors have been praying for Cate. Every class came in this morning with kids telling me that they prayed for her at home too. I just wanted you to know that her name is being whispered by a hundred little voices into the ear of our loving Father. You and your family will remain in all of our prayers. God bless.
Elaine Beyer

Emily Vanderlick said...

henry said a prayer for cate in the car today. in typical two-year old fashion, he gave me a little attitude in the process, but eventually repeated my words in a sweet whisper :)

continued thoughts & prayers,
em

Anonymous said...

"Gracious God be merciful, O my God,
be merciful.
My soul finds love and truth in you; no other place of safety Lord but you.
In the shadow of your wings I hide,
O my God most high."

My prayers are with you all...

-Allie

midwestmom3 said...

The Cantrells,
We are holding Cate in our hearts and prayers this evening.
Todd and Julie

aimee landreneau said...

Still praying...

Whatever you need...

Rayne Catholic Religion Admin said...

Ali and Charlie,

The girls and I are still praying and asking everyone we know to pray with us.

With Love and Prayers,
Kristina, Mary Katherine, and Anna Clare

Anonymous said...

Dear Charlie and Ali,

I am a friend of Bridget Fletcher. We are in a prayer group together. Just to let you know St. Anne's prayer group is praying hard for Baby Cate and your whole family.

Jesus I trust in you!

Much love and peace.

Angela Sauer

Anonymous said...

Charlie & Ali,
In no way can a anyone understand what you are going through, unless they have experienced first hand. I continue to pray for God to give you the strength to handle everything he throws your way. We do miss you guys and hope for Baby Cates recovery. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

We love you
Carla M

Anonymous said...

be still and know that HE is God...

the walthers

Anonymous said...

Ali and Charlie, Our continuous prayers, thoughts, and love are with you. You two are such an incredible witness to so many of us out here. Know that we are with you through each day and night. So much love to you, Jeanne, Chaillie, Jeanne Adelle, Charles, Emma, Jude, and Chaillie Anne
We Love You!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hello Charlie and Ali, I just got an e-mail from Katie. I will begin praying for all of you.I also will have many people in my prayer circle begin praying for your whole family. Ali, if you need anything please do not hesitate to give me a call. My prayer tonight is for strength, patiences with people, God's wonderful Grace.

May God Bless your Family!
Love, Selina Angelle-Trahan

Anonymous said...

-Forgot to tell you guys that the Lafayette General NICU Staff now has your blog and are keeping tab.
-Praying at Chapel and Mary Reed brought her six kiddos to pray for Cate. How Powerful!!
-Father Bill offered Mass for Cate today--he mentioned her name twice.

The Angels are coming down,
Rebecca

alison said...

You are all very close in prayer. Take care of each other :)
love you,
Alison B

Anonymous said...

Charlie & Ali, Please know that your baby Cate and your family are in our prayers. You two people are the greatest and to see the struggles that you are facing give me a heavy heart. Carla Marks has been keeping me informed about baby Cate and I hope and pray that all the prayers are answered and know that Your Christian Family of Rayne are praying and will always pray for you and your family. Love you guys. Janet, Randy, Tonya & Devon Bertrand

Anonymous said...

Hi Charlie and Ali,
You don't know me, but I feel like I know you and the journey you are on with your baby girl. Because my husband and I had a baby boy almost 3 years ago. He has tetrology of fallot and had heart surgery when he was 5 months old. He is so healthy and happy. So I am here to give you hope for your baby girl. She is going to be ok. A friend of mine went to a healing mass at a church in Washington, La tonight and brought her picture to Mac(a visionary and healer) and told her that Cate is going to be fine. My family and I prayed for Baby Cate and you and that you will continue to feel God's strength and His arms wrapped around you with all of His grace and blessings.

With love in Christ,
Kathy and Mike Spielmann

Anonymous said...

Charlie and Ali,
We've never met, but a friend asked me to pray for you and Baby Cate. I've been keeping up with your story and praying every day. I believe God will heal Cate. He is an amazing God . He will provide you with all you need to get through this. Don't forget to pray to St Raphael, for he is "God's Healer". God bless you.
Aimee Broussard

+Ragan. said...

Franciscan Lead is praying for you and your family!

We love you!

Gina said...

Am offering prayers to cover you all this night for a peaceful rest in Him.

loving you in Jesus through Mary+
Gina+

darla said...

"I will go before you and level the mountains; Bronze doors I will shatter, and iron bars I will snap." Isaiah 45:2 CHRIST OUR HOPE! Charlie, Ali, know of our continued love and prayers for you all.

Bob said...

Hey Charlie and Ali,

Want you both to know that I am praying for you and your family.

Bob Dupois

Karen said...

Ali and Charlie,
Cate,your family and Cate's caregivers are in my prayers and thoughts. Please know that you are loved by many.

Karen Berken, Thornwell, LA