Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 76/ 12.26.21

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas Season began with the Vigil Masses on Christmas Eve and will now take us through the Baptism of the Lord on January 9th, so keep wishing others a Merry Christmas; it is not just a single day! The Christmas Season is short but packed with special days. During it we will observe the Feast of the Holy Family (that's today!), the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God (a Holy Day but because it falls on a Saturday this year, your Sunday Mass fulfills the obligation) and the Epiphany of the Lord! With all the special days, we continue to focus on the wonderful gift of the Incarnation of Jesus.


Join us as we prepare for the Eucharistic Revival in the United States!

St. Mother Teresa said "We must pray to Jesus to give us the tenderness of the Eucharist. Unless we believe and see Jesus in the appearance of bread on the altar, we will not be able to see him in the distressing disguise of the poor." How does your family share your blessings with the poor during the Christmas season and throughout the year? When we are sent forth from the Mass, we are charged to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. Our Catholic faith also calls us to pay special attention to those in need, in our midst. Don't let the Christmas season pass your family by without making a plan to help those in need.



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 gold button below.

Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message.

  • The Story of the Wise Men by Patricia Pingry
  • The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie DePaola
  • Babushka: A Christmas Tale by Dawn Casey
  • The Last Straw by Frederick Thury

Parenting Articles: Understanding the Full Christmas Season:


  • Write thank you notes to all who made your Advent and Christmas season special including those who ministered at church! This is a great time to share your family's gratitude!
  • Send Christmas Cards to shut-ins in your parish family.
  • Write a social media post about how your family brought the true meaning of Christmas into your lives this year!

For fun: Try this word search about Epiphany from Catechist Magazine!


This podcast episode from Bishop Barron's Word on Fire series brings us into the Christmas story from a perspective we may not be used to! Have a listen!


Pop-Up Catechesis: Epiphany
Symbols of Christmas | Catholic Central
Why the Incarnation?
3 Minute Theology 1.5: What is the Incarnation?


It is traditional to bless our homes on Epiphany. Here is how to do it! The PDF below provides a prayer you can use in your home!


  • Spend some time during Epiphany weekend stargazing as a family! Play an eye spy game with the constellations if you know them!

  • When we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord, you can reinforce the moment at home with this fun matching game using images from the Bible story. It's free and easy to download!


As the chill of January comes upon us, it's important to note that if your skin and lips feel dry, you aren't hydrated enough! We might think we aren't dehydrated if we aren't sweating but chapped lips and flaky skin are a good indicator that your body needs more water. Cold weather causes the water in your skin to evaporate more quickly. Stay healthier all winter long by drinking more water! It's no surprise that Jesus was compared to Living Water. Water is essential to our wellbeing and so is Christ!

Word of the Week!

ADORATION: The prayerful meditation that God is God and Creator of all that is.

When you listen to Christmas carols like "O Come All Ye Faithful" think about the message of the song and find some time to stop and sit in powerful adoration of our God!

O Come All Ye Faithful


Epiphany is a great time for family members to chat about where they see Jesus in the world. How has God been present to you in the past year? How have you seen God at work in the world?

Epiphany is also a perfect time to pay attention to God's message of Peace and have hope in that for our world. We all know it has been a tough few years for our country. How might we create more peaceful communities? It always starts with us, as individuals, first. CIVILIZE IT is a program from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that encourages people to reach across the aisle, pray for civility and mend broken relationships. If you'd like to learn more about it visit:


  • The Wise Men were sent to find Jesus. They worked very hard and traveled for many days to reach him. Do you ever seek Jesus in your life? When have you wanted to be closer to God?
  • If you could bring Baby Jesus a gift, what would it be?
  • Who else do you think was gazing at the bright Star of Bethlehem in the sky and wanted to follow it? Did you ever see a star so big and bright you wished you could reach right into the sky for it?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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