THE FAMILY ZONE

Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 95/ 9.18.22

We are ALL Catechists and Parents are the Most Important!

This weekend we celebrate Catechetical Sunday across our country. It is a day to celebrate the many people in our parish and lives who pass along the faith. Parents are the first and most important catechists to their children. On the day of your child's baptism, you heard these words: "You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand the commitment you are undertaking?”


Chances are, you said yes. Sometimes, as parents, we feel inadequate, on so many levels. Often, passing on the faith is one of these areas. The Family Zone strives to equip parents in passing on our Catholic faith but there are also great resources of support in your parish. We encourage you to reach out to your pastor, catechetical leader and catechists to help you feel confident in sharing our beautiful Catholic faith.

Today, we pray that your vocation as parent and your role of catechist be blessed and fruitful in many ways; may you always feel God's presence by your side.

LIVE THE EUCHARIST

How do our actions reflect the Word of God we hear in the Gospel? Living a Eucharistic life involves not only knowing the word, but living the word. What are the Gospel values you are prioritizing in your family life? Some of the Gospel values include: compassion, integrity, tolerance, forgiveness, and humility. Do you find yourself being challenged by those or others? Living a Eucharistic life is a journey. Small steps can make big progress in aligning our life with God. Pick one that challenges you and work toward living that value more closely. We think you will find fulfillment in drawing closer to God's word and a renewed sense of peace. It could be the best thing you do for your family this year!

READ!

SUNDAY READINGS:

Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday 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 green button below.


Sunday Readings: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/092522.cfm

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/100222.cfm


Family Stories: Here are some stories about having faith!


David and the Very Big Giant by Tim Thornborough

The Storm that Stopped by Alison Mitchell

The Tiny Seed: A Parable by Katie Warner

WRITE!

What's your EVIDENCE?


Make two lists, either as a family or individually:

On the first list, name all the evidence you have for how you are loved by your family. On the second list, write out to all the evidence you have for how you are loved by God.


Chat about the lists. What do we know BECAUSE of faith? Where do we struggle to know? How can we get to a place of understanding and trust in God?



For Young Children, use the story of David and Goliath for more learning about how a young boy trusted in God! Download this early childhood pack from MaryMarthaMama.Com

LISTEN!

LET LOVE, a podcast of the Sisters of Life, helps us to grow in faith and our learning about God, faith, the world, and ourselves!

WATCH!

What is Faith? Ordinary Time 11B (Catholic Kids Media)
Faith and Assurance | What Is in the Bible? | Bible Verses Explained for Kids
https://youtu.be/CxM2aMCYuhQ

CREATE!

  • Draw a picture of something you KNOW is there, but you cannot see, like LOVE. Emotions and ideas are best for this family exercise. Invite everyone to draw his or her own picture of the same emotion or idea and share your various representations with one another. Talk about how we imagine God or the Holy Spirit and draw one or both of them as well. This is a great way to make things tangible that are not! Chat about how that helps you to understand living in faith!
  • Plant some seeds together, to watch growing, indoors, as our summer season ends. Give your child a lesson in nurturing the plant. As the seed grows, connect the growth back to the mustard seed. Do you see your family's faith growing as well?? How is the faith of your family being nourished?

PRAY!

The prayer known as the Act of Faith, helps us to reinforce the core beliefs of our faith and affirming our faith in God. It has been prayed for centuries and was especially used by Saints and Martyrs who were called to claim their faith, even in danger. You may here a resemblance to our creed!


Follow this prayer as well as the Acts of Hope and Love from the USCCB

PLAY!

JUST FOR FUN FAMILY IDEAS that improve life skills in your child!


Have trouble getting your child to chat about their school day? Try this conversation dice game!

BE WELL!

In our Catholic faith, the idea of being and belonging is important. When we feel valued and understood, we have a strong sense of connection to our families, community, and God. Helping your child feel loved by you, by God, and by their community of faith can help raise their levels of confidence and acceptance. Research shows that young people fair best when they have at least 5 trusted adults to engage in their lives...listening, supporting, and interacting. Surrounding your child with a loving community of faith, and a solid understanding of God's love for them is a gift that will help them with their lifelong wellness!

TEACHABLE MOMENT!

Teaching Your Child About Trustworthy Friendships

As our kids go back to school, it can be a time of building new friendships. If you are having conversations on the topic of faith and trust in God this month, it is also a great opportunity to talk about friendships that involve trust. Talk about what it is to be a trustworthy friend and how to spot a friend who is not. This can alleviate so many problems throughout the school year, especially as they reach adolescence!

WORD OF THE WEEK!

Seal of Confession: When participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the priest who hears your confession is bound by Church law never to say anything to anyone else about what you confessed.

WONDER!

Conversation starters for kids!

Let's ask some WONDER questions that help us to have faith and imagine GOD's tangible presence:


I wonder:


  • Is God in the air? When I feel a rush of wind go by me, is that God saying hello?
  • What did Jesus like to do as a child? Did he play? Did he have a best friend?
  • Did Mary ever have to remind Jesus to care for his things, as my mom does?
  • When Jesus ascended to heaven, did God greet him with a hug?



What are YOUR questions about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit? What do you wonder about them?

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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