Monday, March 15, 2010


In a posh, leafy suburb of France’s capital, little boys and girls from all over the world flock to a certain Catholic prep school.

They go for the American curriculum and a strong base in the four R’s – Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic – and Religion.

Seven-year-old Emma came home from a class preparing her for first confessional with a lot of questions about God. Not to mention some serious dirt on her classmates’ parents:

Father O’Halloran: Let’s think of some things that we could talk about with a priest during confessional.

Emma: Um, sometimes I forget to pray at night. And sometimes I don’t think about God much even when I’m at mass. That’s a sin, right?

Father: Well, that’s certainly something you could talk about with your priest.

Aidan (wiggling in seat): Oooh, ooh, I know one. My mommy and daddy drink beer and wine. One afternoon they drank wine and they went to their bedroom and Connor and me got to watch Clone Wars two times!

Father (struggling to keep a straight face): Ah, well…

Jake (waving hand frantically):
I know one. My mommy uses bad words. She says “damn” and “shit”. Sometimes she even says the D-word.

Father: The D-word?

Jake (whispering): Democrat.

The cost of a private Catholic education in Paris? 25,000 €. Paying to get ratted out to your priest? Priceless.


Paris Atelier said...

Love it!

FrenchTwistDC said...

Is that Marymount? Bunch of my classmates in high school went there for the early grades ;-)

Roaming Gnomette said...

Wow, is that the price per school year? If so, that's quite expensive. My Catholic high school education in Miami cost my parents about $15,000 a year.

On another note, it's adorable what children that young think to confess. I remember during my first confession telling the priest about eating a marshmallow from the pantry I wasn't supposed to have eaten.

La Mom said...

@FrenchTwistDC Mary-who? No, this is St. Mary-La-Mom-Will-Never-Reveal-Her-Sources... :)

preppyplayer said...

I love it.
I taught CCD when my children were younger and to start each class we would meet in church and say our prayers asking each child ( if they wished) to state intentions.
One little girl looked up at the cross with her little hands folded and said, "Dear lord Jesus, please pray for my Grandma who is having surgery today and for my Mama, because she said if it goes well she is getting "it" done too!"

Anonymous said...

Paris has many great schools, I just would never send my child to a faith school. The religious indoctrination of children should be classed as child abuse! [I fully expect this comment not to be approved given the amount of American readers on this blog!]

Karin (an alien parisienne) said...

Wheeee! Gotta love Catholicism!

LOL @ preppyplayers comment, hahahaha! Ohhh, that's a good one! :)

Hope you feel better and thanks for the dish. I got a good chuckle! :D

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Awesome. I really wish I could have been there to watch this exchange :-D

Jake the ColoIowaConnectifrancilite said...

Why wouldn't you want to enroll your kids in a French speaking school while living in France? It seems like that would be a great way to improve language skills?

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