Clare Coffey lives in the Philadelphia area. She teaches kindergarten at a small Catholic school.

She writes for NCR's Young Voices blog. Sign up for our weekly email so you don't miss any new content.

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At Met Gala, high fashion meets high church: two parties with similar sins

Young Voices: Fashion and Catholicism blended well at the 2018 Met Gala. In the wake of both #MeToo and the neverending clerical abuse scandal, it's hard not to see certain similarities between the two parties.

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'Lady Bird' inspires memories of Catholic high school and the sisters

Young Voices: The film "Lady Bird" may not have won any Oscars, but it won the hearts of so many who watched it; it captures Catholic high school perfectly and reminds me of the sisters who taught me when I was that age.

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From Christmas to Candlemas, let the light last

Young Voices: As bleak midwinter sets in, let's hunker down with our lights and candles, our rum cake and evergreens, from Christmas Eve all the way through February.

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Let the dead have November

Young Voices: Americans are not especially comfortable with death. But let the departed have this somber, chilly month. Say a prayer for them and visit their resting places.