THE FAMILY ZONE

Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 70/ 10.03.21

Do Unto Others

Rules are an important part of life. We have rules for the way we behave within families; rules for the way one should behave in society and rules that are particular to certain settings like the school, the workplace, church or the library. We also have rules that God expects of us. We learn about stewardship: the way we should care for one another and the planet and we learn about the right way to engage with God through prayer. In the weeks to come, we will be reminded of rules in the scriptures we will hear at Mass. How does God respond and what does God expect of us in return? We are often reminded of the Golden Rule: "Do unto Others have You Would Have Done Unto You." It is the universal "ethic of reciprocity." It's understood in most religions and cultures and it has guided our world for centuries. As we begin this month, it's a good time to consider how you are observing The Golden Rule in your daily life as a family. Where could your family be reminded of it? Where could our society be reminded of it? Today's world could use a little more of the Golden Rule. Let's spend the month thinking about how we transform the world with greater attention to The Golden Rule and the Word of God.

JOURNEYING WITH ST. JOSEPH

Learn more about St. Joseph during this YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH!


When Pope Francis declared the Year of St. Joseph he described him as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father, a creatively courageous father, a working father, and a father in the shadows. The pope’s reflections on each descriptor sheds light on the type of father St. Joseph was. Read the pope’s letter about St. Joseph here: https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.html

READ!

SUNDAY READINGS:

Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday's Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the orange button below.


Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message.

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller


Parenting Articles: Here's a great article about talking about stewardship with your kids: https://buildfaith.org/talking-stewardship-a-gift-to-young-people/


For Teens: You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop

WRITE!

  • Make a list of 10 reasons why everyone should follow The Golden Rule!
  • Use the worksheet below to create a listing of YOUR Golden Rules (the rules you have for yourself based on the ways you want to be treated by others!)
  • Make 3 columns on a piece of paper. Label one TIME, one TALENT, and one TREASURE. In each column, list things under that category that you have to give. For example, under time, you might say "I could volunteer on Saturday mornings." Under talent you might say, "I know how to knit, and under treasure you might say: "I can share my allowance." Once you fill in the columns, choose a way to help others that you can do based on the lists you created!

LISTEN!

If you are received as 'Gift" from Christ, how are you receiving others in His name? Listen to the this episode of the Poco a Poco podcast or follow them and continue listening to this offering from the Franciscan Friars

WATCH!

The videos below will help you think further about how we serve Christ by serving others and working to transform the world into a better place.
The Golden Rule | 4 Ways to Do Unto Others Using S.A.L.T. | Mark 9:50 Bible Devotional
Sesame Street: Respect | Word on the Street
Golden Rule - Nature Jams - Lyrics Video
Trying To Be Perfect?

CREATE!

Create and decorate a "Kindness Calendar"! You can make one as a family or as individuals! Put different acts of kindness on the calendar. Some ideas include: Take out the trash, do the dishes, offer to help a teacher clean up, give a compliment to someone at school, set the table for dinner, make someone laugh, etc!

PRAY!

Here we share ideas for personal prayer, family prayer and learning more about the ACT of prayer as a discipleship skill!


October is Respect Life Month. Spend the month in prayer, that all life, may be respected by all of creation. This prayer coincides with the Year of St. Joseph we are currently celebrating in the universal church!

PLAY!

Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis on 10/4: Play Twenty Questions: animal edition! One person think of an animal and the other players have to ask yes or no questions to see if they can guess the animal! Try to guess the animal in under 20 questions!

BE WELL!

October is a great time to get moving outside before the cold weather sets in! Are you visiting an apple farm or a pumpkin patch this month? While you are out trekking through the area looking for your perfect pumpkin or bushel of apples, or just taking a walk in your neighborhood..as a family, take the time to smile and say a friendly hello to others in the patch or orchard. It's a great way to "be" neighbor to people you have not met before. A smile goes a LONG way in reaching out to others but getting yourself to smile actually goes a long way toward increasing your own level of happiness!

Word of the Week!

Natural Law: God's plan for human living that is written in the very way he created things. Binding on all people at all times, it is the light of understanding that God puts in us so we can discover what is good and what is evil.

WONDER WITH THE HOLY FAMILY

One of the greatest tasks a parent has is to pass on values to their children. Mary and Joseph worked at doing that – showing Jesus what it meant to truly ‘honor your father and mother’ and all the other commandments. They set an example of love in their family. The truly wonderous thing is that the love they based it on, was the love God shows to his people. The love that God gave to the people of Israel made it back to Jesus through the Holy Family. God first treated others as he hoped to be treated.


Parents – How do you pass on values to your children? How are you a model of God’s love, and how do you see that love come back to you from your child(ren)?

Children – How are you able to honor you father and mother? How do you show that you love them when they are not around?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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