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Posts provided for parents to help them in cultivating a Catholic lifestyle in the home and forming your children as practicing Catholics.

Building Faith Through Building A Catholic Library

Building Faith Through Building A Catholic Library

Practice: Purchase a good Catholic Catechism for your children to grow up and arrange a time to walk through it with them. Books Can Be a Catholic Experience A library of books on a nearby shelf that can be readily thumbed through or read is crucial to a child’s upbringing as well as for a family. Even in this era of electronics, books hold a particular purpose in a Catholic home. Within the library, spiritual and religious books should have…

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A Nod Can Change Everything

A Nod Can Change Everything

Practice: When you hear or say the name of “Jesus,” give a nod of the head. It need not be a pronounced nod, but rather the significance is in the thoughtful deliberateness of the action. Take personal note that the name of God, our Redeemer has been used. The Impact Parents sometimes forget that children naturally watch their parents with an intensity adult selectively afford another person. A child’s measure of the world, and the value of thoughts and actions…

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The Morning Offering

The Morning Offering

Practice: Lead your child(ren) in reciting a Morning Offering at the start of each day. O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen….

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The Crucifix Speaks Presence

The Crucifix Speaks Presence

Suggested Practice: Provide a crucifix in each bedroom of your home, and anywhere you may have children sit out their disciplinary timeouts. A statue or image of the Blessed Virgin Mary is also a near equally good idea to include with each Crucifix. Images of Saints and other spiritual subjects are good to include in the children’s bedroom. Depending on the age and knowledge base of your child, explain as needed that Jesus always suffers greater than we. Mary, our…

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To Know Your Parish Church

To Know Your Parish Church

Suggested Practice Consider remaining in your church for five or ten minutes after Mass one Sunday a month to walk about explaining one piece of art in the church with a short, quiet stay before the Eucharist in the Tabernacle. It may be of a statue, an image, a stain glass window, or a part of the church such as the Sanctuary, the Sanctuary Lamp, a Baptistry, the Holy Water Font, or even the overall architecture of a church. You…

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Blessing Your Child Often is Simple and Essential

Blessing Your Child Often is Simple and Essential

The Challenge In such a secularized culture, it is not unusual for a parent to wonder how to ensure there is enough spiritual formation for their children.  A parent has the responsibility of being the primary educator and formator of their children, but where do you go for your formation as a Catholic parent?  What practices should you integrate into your family life that are not a pretentious and superficial ritual that is more intrusive than nurturing the faith life…

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