The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 55/April 18, 2021

"I know mine and mine know me"

Did you ever stop to think how wonderful it is that even if you feel unknown, some days, by those you surround yourself with, there is always someone who knows you better than you know yourself? That is our relationship with God, but sometimes we lose sight of the gift of that relationship! It gets in the way. We are all on different paths to the same place and our idea of discipleship likely differs. What does discipleship mean to you?? How well do you know Jesus? Do you take time to work on that relationship as much as you do with your spouse, your parent or your best friend? In this week's edition, we will explore discipleship. What does it mean to be called and what does it mean to answer?? What does it mean to live as a disciple? We are called to follow certain rules: The Commandments, the Beatitudes, Natural Law, and the Precepts of the Church. Knowing these rules for our lives, help us to better know Jesus and what he expects of us. Below is a guide to "Catholic Basics" that help us to understand what is expected of us as disciples of Christ:

Journeying with St. Joseph

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

St. Joseph used to have another feast day. The third Wednesday after Easter Sunday was “The Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church”. In 1955 Pope Pius XII removed this solemnity and added the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1. His other feast day remains March 19.

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Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at this coming Sunday's Mass. 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 black button below.

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! Use the books about decision making, below, to connect to how and why we make decisions as a disciple!

  • What Would You Do? by Jennifer Moore- Mallinos
  • Beatitales by Jared Dees
  • What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
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:


Cut out a few hearts and invite your child to share ways they will show love for Jesus by following Him!

Download the pdf coloring page "I follow Jesus" below


Visit the blog, MY CUP OVERFLOWS, for a great downloadable worksheet on following God!


When are you challenged in following Jesus? What does it mean to be a disciple? What did it mean when Jesus talked about discipleship to his followers? Try filling out this chart!

ALL AGES: What does it mean to be a disciple? Make a list of all the things you know Jesus asks of you!


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!


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

This week, pray The Lord's Prayer (Our Father), and think of it as your DISCIPLE'S Prayer, since it is the prayer that Jesus, himself, taught. Say the words slowly and with thought. What do they tell you about discipleship?

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us

and lead us not in to temptation, but deliver us from evil.



Are you or your child a VISUAL learner? We've curated some videos that help you understand this week's theme!
How to be a Good Disciple of Christ
Discipleship Road Map
Call to Discipleship: Being Catholic Is...


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!


  • Herd the Sheep! Hide cotton balls around the room! Can your child find all the "sheep"? Don't leave any behind!



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


Make a mask! : /


FOR ADOLESCENTS: Challenge yourself by following a tough recipe! You can do this with a parent as a fun weekend activity! While enjoying your delicious concoction, talk about how the steps to following Christ can challenge us too...some days it's easy and some days it's tough!

Wonder with St. Joseph

I raised Jesus in Nazareth. It wasn’t a big city, but it was a nice town for a family. He had opportunities to see the world from a “normal” perspective. I’ll never forget how drawn to the shepherds he was. Looking back, I’m not surprised. He understood that he was called to be the Good Shepherd that cared for others and to inspire others to care for one another. Imagine if the world caught on and thought of others the way shepherds think of their sheep!

Parents – How do you model the idea of a Good Shepherd? How do you parent with Jesus in mind? Imagine a world where caring for our young people was everyone’s priority! How can we make that happen?

Young People – Have you ever needed help when everyone else seemed okay? How did it feel to get help? Imagine if everyone took the time to go out of their way for others!



PRECEPTS OF THE CHURCH: Rules Catholics follow to help them become good and moral people. They include attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, confessing sins at least once a year, receiving communion at minimum during the Easter season, providing for the needs of the church and observing the rules of fasting and abstinence.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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