The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 45/February 7, 2021

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He tells the number of the stars; he calls each by name."

These words from this Sunday's Psalm 147, bring to mind the truth that God can heal us in many ways. We have two Sacraments of Healing: Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. This issue of The Family Zone will explore those sacraments and what they mean to you as a follower of Christ in your everyday lives as families! With this issue we also begin our year long exploration of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus. Pope Francis has proclaimed 2021 a year of St. Joseph, in honor of the the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. Let's learn more, together, about this wonderful model of faith in our Catholic story. Each week you will see a section devoted completely to learning more about St. Joseph and our wonder questions will invite you to wonder through the eyes of this saint as we travel throughout our year.

Journeying with St. Joseph

In those days a decree went out from Caesar August that the whole world should be enrolled… and Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

-Luke 2:1, 4-5

One of our first introductions to St. Joseph in the Gospel of Luke is that he went with Mary to Bethlehem. Because Joseph is from the House of David, royal blood flows through his veins. For a Jewish man in his times, having his lineage traced back to David meant Joseph held a particular honor among his peers.



Family Stories:

  • King of the Shattered Glass by Susan J Bellavance
  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco

Parent Article:

For Teens:
  • "The Tree of Healing" by Diana Gonzalez Tabbaa
  • "The River of Life" by Diana Gonzalez Tabbaa


  • What do you know about the Sacraments of Healing? Make a list of everything you think you know about Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. After you have made your list, check to see what you may have missed by visiting:


Anointing of the Sick:

  • Write about a time when you felt God's healing presence in your life. Ask a parent or grandparent to do the same and then share your stories!
  • Create a prayer list of all the ways you are asking for God's healing for yourself, for someone else or for the world and spend some time in prayer!
  • Send a letter or card to someone who is in need of healing; let them know you love them and God loves them!


  • Do you want to revisit what you learned about the Sacraments as a youth and learn, once again, through your adult lens? Try this podcast episode on the Sacraments of Healing:
Want to better understand how to make a good confession? Spend some time with this episode from CatholicBytes! Great for upper elementary and older!


We may have memorized an Act of Contrition in our youth. But, there is more than one acceptable prayer to say as an Act of Contrition. Here are some options from the Vatican website:

Practice the Confiteor that we say during the Penitential Rite at Mass. Use the video below!

Confiteor "I confess" / "I acknowledge" | 🙏 God Quotes


The Act of Contrition Prayer and Meaning
Sophia Sketchpad: Confession
I Hate Being Sick | Fr. Brice Higginbotham



  • When we go to Reconciliation and confess our sins, God forgives us of our sins. We then have a clean heart! Complete this Clean Heart craft and watch the sins you write down disappear!

Wonder with St. Joseph

How lucky I am to raise Jesus as my son! I never dreamed he would cure the sick the way he does. Oh, I knew he would be powerful, but imagine teaching a child to speak and then one day his words heal the sick! Imagine having Jesus in your family. That’s how he would want to be welcomed – as one of the family.

Parents – What do you think it would be like to have Jesus as a child in your house? How would you respond when he had to be instructed or corrected?

Children – What kind of games do you think you would play if Jesus was your brother? Do you think you would laugh with him? What would it be like to get in an argument with Jesus?


Penitent: feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

Next weekend (February 13 & 14) is the Diocesan Public Policy Weekend. Over the last month we have shared posts about the importance of NOURISH NEW YORK – a state program that provides support to both local food produces AND food banks who support those who are food insecure. We cannot let this initiative end!

Learn more and sign the online petition in support of NOURISH NEW YORK at

For more state-wide Catholic action, visit the New York State Catholic Conference’s Catholic Action Network at There you can see all the active alerts and register for updates. You can also sign up for text alerts by texting CAN to 50457.

#DORPublicPolicy #Catholic #FoodInsecurity #Feedthehungry #CatholicActionNetwork

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