The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 39/December 27, 2020

"The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him."

Merry Christmas! Today is the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph; the model for all Christian families; what a wonderful day to celebrate YOUR holy family!

We know very little about the early years of the Holy Family, but we do know they were refugees who faced serious struggles. It is comforting to know that even God's family had challenges and makes it easier to face the ups and downs within our own family. We hope on this feast day you take the time to acknowledge your family's many blessings. This has been a difficult year, but it is the love of family that keeps us moving forward. May God bless your family in many ways and may 2021 bring our world the hope of the Incarnation ...God is with us; Emmanuel!



Family Stories:

  • Nativity by Cynthia Rylant
  • The Nativity by Julie Vivas
  • The Strangers at the Manger by Lisa Hendy

Parent Article:

For Teens: How to Honor Your Parents:


  1. Describe your favorite family tradition
  2. Do you have a favorite cousin? Why do you like him or her so much?
  3. What is your favorite thing to do with your mother? (or father?)
  4. What have you learned from your mother? (or father?)
  5. What makes your family special?


Sometimes families face challenges. Listen to these podcasts about family struggles, challenges and parenting



On New Year's Day, Watch Full of Grace with your teens to learn more about Mary's Life. You can stream it on Amazon Prime or watch The Star with your younger children!

Choose one of these videos to watch and have a conversation about what you see and hear!
Cycle A: Gospel Video, The Feast of the Holy Family
Storytime with the Sisters: Joseph: Guardian of the Holy Family Board Book


Keep the Christmas joy going by enjoying a family game of Nativity bingo together! Here are downloadable cards from

Are you enjoying your new Christmas toys? Consider donating other gently used toys from years passed. Make room for your new toys by donating an equal number of toys to a worthy cause!

Have a fun family night with these games you can play with your Nativity set! Making the Nativity set more accessible to your children opens doors for conversation with little ones!

3 Christmas Party Games You Can Play with Your Nativity Set


I love my family


  • How did God choose each of member of your family to belong together?
  • What are ways that I can show my family more love?
  • Did the Holy Family have a perfect life? How is my family like the Holy Family?
  • How do my parents make sacrifices for me just like Mary and Joseph had to make for Jesus?


OCTAVE: The eight day period during which Christmas is celebrated. These days, beginning December 25 and ending on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1) are all considered Christmas days through the liturgy of the Church so every day within the octave is treated the same as the original Solemnity, the Nativity of our Lord. After January 1, Christmas DAYS are over but the Christmas season extends to Epiphany.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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