The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 32/November 8, 2020

‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’

This week's Gospel reminds us that we must always be ready for God and willing to keep our light, and our hope, shining. It goes without saying that this can be difficult when the world seems turned upside down. We have included an interesting reflection on this Gospel in the read section FOR PARENTS. This is a good weekend for you and your family to talk about where you are hopeful and where you are feeling down. As we approach the Advent season, are you willing to be a light in the darkness for others?

The playlist below offers a number of ways your family can focus on being light and a source of hope. Pick and choose what activities you and your children will find most meaningful or help to fill a void of knowledge you do not have about our Catholic faith. God's invitation and open door is always there for us...the question is whether or not we are approaching the threshold!



This children's adaptation will help your younger kids to understand the message:

Family Stories:

  • Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein
  • Hope by Corinne Averiss and Sebastien Pelon
  • Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson
  • A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang

Parent Article:

For Teens:


  • The theme of this week's Gospel reminds us of the value of being prepared. Adequate preparation is not always an easy task but it can solve a lot of problems before they form. Write about a time that you found yourself unprepared. What were the consequences?
  • Create a family schedule to practice being prepared for the week ahead. At the end of the week, talk about the value of preparation in your family life and the impact it had on the feeling of each day!
  • What do you think heaven is like? Write a journal entry describing it, using as many details as you can. Try this exercise with all family members and compare your journal entries!


Listen to this song by Jeremy Camp. Have a conversation about the message. We've also shared an interesting podcast from Chicken Soup for the Soul about a some "heaven" experiences that made a real difference in the lives of those they touched.
Jeremy Camp - There Will Be A Day (Lyric Video)


We can better prepare ourselves for meeting Christ when we assume a daily habit of prayer. This website will help to begin or strengthen that habit!
Act of Hope

This prayer helps refocus our journey toward everlasting life!


Choose one of these videos to watch and have a conversation about what you see and hear!
Life After Life: The Catholic View of Heaven and Hell | Catholic Central
Growing In Holiness (Heaven Is For Saints Only): Catholic Speaker Ken Yasinski


Games can be used to help your child better understand the skills of making good choices. They can also open up an avenue for some healthy conversation about decision-making and morality. Here are some common games that can get you started:


  • Create an artwork of what you think heaven looks like. Include all the senses..what would you see, hear, smell, touch, and taste in heaven?
  • Here is a great project for younger children that involves many textures:
  • Veteran's Day is this week. Create a tribute to all the veterans who have made the choice to serve and give hope to others in difficult times. if you know a veteran, send him or her a thank you note from your family!
  • Make a HOPE collage. Cut out pictures from magazines and mail of all the things that make you feel hopeful


  • What do you think it feels like when you go to heaven?
  • Have you ever felt hopeful about something that turned out better?
  • What can I do to share hope with my friends?
  • When life seems scary, what do I need to feel more hope-filled?
  • Who would you like to be able to see in heaven?
  • How do I feel when I'm unprepared?


HOPE: Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. CCC 1817.

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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