The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 50/March 14, 2021

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God"

How often do we stop to consider the saving power of Christ? During Lent, we are afforded some extra time (theoretically) to ponder that amazing gift? Do we allow gratitude to take hold and resonate in honor of that gift? It's tough in our busy day to day lives. One of the most important ways we remember God's saving power is by participating in the weekly Mass. For many of us, the pandemic has drastically changed our connection to the Mass and in many ways, it is likely we have lost our experience of sabbath as is referenced in this week's first reading. This issue of The Family Zone is going to focus on the "remembering" we do through the celebration of liturgy...God invites us to remain close; are ready to accept that generous invitation?

The church also celebrates not one but TWO beloved feast days this week: we've mingled in some opportunities for your family to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick on March 17 and the Feast of St. Joseph on March 19! This Sunday, known as Laetare Sunday, is when we take a little breather in the midst of's a good week to take enjoy that breather with a celebration of our SAINTS!

Journeying with St. Joseph

Learn more about St. Joseph during this YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH! This week is the FEAST of St. Joseph!

St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) is marked in many communities by the St. Joseph Table. In the United States, this is usually a table filled with breads of all sorts. It is a community table, where anyone who wants can take some bread. Traditionally it served three purposes: to venerate St. Joseph, to remind us of the Mass (bread on the table reminds us of the Eucharist on the altar), and to serve the poor.

Learn more here:

Family Friendly St. Joseph's Altar at home:

On March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, we will be launching our new webpage devoted to St. Joseph. We hope you will visit it that day and throughout the coming year! You will find the link in the banner on March 19:



Click on the link below for the readings that you heard at this Sunday's Mass. This gives you a chance to revisit the message and even spend some time with the practice of Lectio Divina!

Family Stories:

Do you love to read to your kids? These stories will help you apply this week's theme to other areas of life and connect the lines between our beliefs and daily life!

  • "Staircase for The Sisters - A Story of Prayer and Saint Joseph" by Pamela Love

  • "Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland" by Tomie dePaola
  • "Articles at Mass" by Ellen Tomaszewski

Parent Articles on the topic:

For Teens to Grow on their Discipleship Journey:


Below you will find "at-home" assignments if your child learns best through writing and completing worksheets:


Use index cards to make some sight word flashcards for the child who is learning to read! MASS, CHURCH, PRIEST, ALTAR, PRAY, etc. are great words to begin to learn!


Use this quiz from Holy Heroes to see what your child is paying attention to during the they know the answers?

FOR ADOLESCENTS: Make two copies of the handout below. Write your answers on one and invite your teen to write his or her answers on the other. Compare notes and talk about what you do and don't understand about the Mass.

ALL AGES: Make a family list of all the things you like about your parish and our Church!


Do you listen to podcasts throughout the week? We will share episodes to help you embrace week's theme and be able to converse with your kids feeling more confident! We'll also share family listening skills from time to time! Having trouble getting your teen or yourself interested in Mass? Have a listen:


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

The Breastplate of St. Patrick is a beautiful prayer to help us remember to keep CLOSE to Christ and this St. Joseph Prayer for Children can become a daily habit for your family!


Are you or your child a VISUAL learner? We've curated some videos that help you understand this week's theme!
ANIMATION -The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith
BF6 - Celebrate the Mass
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Children learn through play; here are some ways for you to keep learning about the faith theme of the week in a "hands-on" way! This week's PLAY options add some fun to celebrating St. Patrick's Day as well as reconnecting to Mass! Be sure to share the story of St. Patrick as part of a fun celebration in your "domestic church."


  • Create a green themed sensory bin for St. Patrick's Day! Dye some rice or dried beans green and add other green objects! You can also hide gold coins in the bin and search for them!




  • Play the ABC game- Go around the dinner table, working through the alphabet with a word that starts with each letter. Focus on words that show God's presence in our lives or where we see God on a daily basis, OR name things you might see at Mass!


Great projects for you to create something together for quality time!





Wonder with St. Joseph

It's the Year of St. Joseph! We are shifting our wondering questions to look through the eyes of the Holy Family this year!

I remember that time Jesus wandered off when we visited Jerusalem. We were so terrified, and I’ll admit, I was angry with him. How could he scare his mother like that? And then when we found him, he was surprised we didn’t know where he was. Looking back, it makes sense he went to the temple to be close to his father. We should all work to be closer to God.

Parents – Isn’t it wonderful to pray with your children? Sharing the joy of being close to God and then seeing them grow closer to God… the feeling just can’t be beat! What do you think God might be wanting to say to you, His child, but also a parent?

Young People – What a time you live in, with television, telephones, and social media – you can talk to anyone anytime. But God has been doing that since he created humanity. He is always just a prayer away. How amazing! What do you think God is feeling as we all gather together for Mass?



SANCTIFYING GRACE: The scripture at the top of the page says "by grace you have been saved.." Sanctifying Grace is the supernatural gift of God by which our sins are forgiven and we are made holy. It restores our friendship with God; we are saved despite our human failings.


We are coming upon a year of serving your family with THE FAMILY ZONE! We work each month to improve the way in which we can meet your family's needs. Beginning Easter Sunday, our editions of The Family Zone will look toward the Sunday ahead instead of focusing on the Sunday you receive the newsletter. This will allow your family to prepare your thoughts around the messages of the Sunday liturgy BEFORE you hear them in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We hope this will help you to connect to Mass on a deeper level and will allow our faith formation leaders in the parishes to better connect this newsletter to the lessons they share with you! We're excited for these changes and to keep sharing our faith with you and your family!

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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