The Family Zone

SUMMER EDITION /Issue 18/August 2, 2020


Up this week: SHARING soup, growing in character and faith, praising God and eating sundaes! There is a lot of fun to be had during the summer journey of faith. Be sure to check out the entire August itinerary by clicking on the website button above. For a brief overview , download this week's 5 day trip planner below.

Enjoy watching one diocesan family's video of the awesome summer obstacle course they created and design your own can make a day of it!!
August 2 Obstacle Course Macartney Family


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Anna Maria Rubatto reflected justice by giving an education to children, and helping where she was needed rather than putting her own aspirations first. As one of eight children, there were certainly times she had to sacrifice so her family could have what it needed.

What Is It?

moderation between selfishness and selflessness – between having more and having less than one’s fair share

Linked to charity since it helps regulate our relationship with others.

“If you want peace, work for justice” is a quote by St. Paul VI

Live It Out!

This week, consider what you have that is more than you need. Are there others in greater need?

Share what you can with charitable organizations


Call & Response

During much of the Mass, the priest will pray and the congregation will respond. This is not meant to be a him and us, but rather a conversation with God. It serves as a reminder that the congregation is active in the prayers at Mass, and it reinforces our relationship with God. Just as justice is a balance between selfishness and selflessness, the Mass is a balance between action and listening.

This week, whether you are at Mass in person, or watching a live-stream, participate in all of the responses; notice how that changes what you experience during the Mass


Having a campfire this weekend? Enjoy this S'MORE prayer together!


Tip of the week: slow down

5 months into this pandemic we are beginning to notice a few things: we are embracing more simplicity, our bodies are getting used to a quieter pace, we have screen fatigue! This week, give yourself a breather by sitting in the stillness. Avoid the temptation of your phone, embrace your empty schedule (even if you are missing it) and sit outside or in your favorite spot in your home and just may have to come early in the morning or late at night, when all others are asleep but it will be worth the moment. Slow down and BREATHE.

Other ways to slow down:

  • take a walk alone without looking at your phone or putting in headphones
  • get up before dawn and watch the sunrise
  • keep the TV off and read a good book or article
  • turn off your phone


Make a rice pilaf, rice and beans or fried rice recipe using your family's favorite ingredients or reduce your food waste by making an "everything but the kitchen sink" rice dish and clear out your fridge of the produce that is nearing the end of its shelf life. Rice is a versatile ingredient that works well with so many additions! Here are some rice dishes you might enjoy this week!


What kind of a game could you create with sidewalk chalk this week?

  • An extra long Hopscotch board
  • A bowling alley
  • bean bag bullseye
  • Twister
  • 4 square
  • Don't fall in the water! (draw islands you have to hop to!)

What game can you create and name all on your own? Put on your thinking cap!


St. Teresa Avila said "Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours"

Find a big piece of paper and some tempura paint. Put on your messy clothes and head outside. Pour the tempura paint into a disposable pan. Get your feet in the paint and start to create! Can you make a flower garden with butterflies? What can you make with your feet?! As you paint, think about all the great things you could do for your community as the FEET of Christ! What can your family do to help others this week?


For Children:

"One" By Kathryn Otoshi

A beautiful message about the how the power of one person can stop a bully in his or her tracks.

For Teens:

"The Saints Chronicles" By Sophia Institute Press: A graphic novel series that details the lives of some of our most famous Catholic saints!

Looking for things to do in August? HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE STORYLINE ONLINE virtual summer camp? We just discovered this fun way for reading lovers to share their own "read-alouds" this summer. Give it a try! Watch this video for details!

Storyline Online® Summer Camp!

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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