The Family Zone

SUMMER EDITION /Issue 14/July 5, 2020


Follow our summer journey of faith website for all details and handouts!


It's WEEK 2 of the SUMMER JOURNEY WITH FAITH! Are you seeing with the Eyes of God? This week, we explore God's invitation: "Come to Me." How will you respond? In the trip planner below you will find directions for creating a family prayer box, a cool fiery tea bag science experiment (ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED) and be invited to spend some time thinking about our burdens and blessings. Download the Trip Planner to find all the week's activities and please visit our website for the full TRIP ITINERARY: that will give you links to all the online activities and directions for crafts, etc! This week's highlighted video, created by a family in our diocese, focuses on the scripture story from Matthew's Gospel; please find an additional video of the science experiment listed above by visiting our YouTube Playlist for the Summer Journey of Faith!
Matthew 11:28
YouTube Summer Journey Playlist

These are all our "home-grown" videos for the Summer Journey of faith! Enjoy!


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Virtue Challenge: Fortitude

St. Maria Goretti showed great fortitude when she stood up to her attacker, and even more when she forgave him. Her strength in the face of fear is a model to follow.

What Is It?

Sometimes called courage, strength, and endurance.

Ability to confront fear, uncertainty, and intimidation

Live It Out!

Have you been putting off something that makes you nervous? Do it.

Not sure how to do something? Be brave and ask for help.


Mass Connection: The Confiteor (Penitential Rite)

At the beginning of Mass, we prepare for what we are about to do by recognizing our humanity, our sinfulness. And we own up to it, asking forgiveness. Just as Maria Goretti often confessed her sins to the priest, we confess that we are sinners and yet we are entering into a sacred mystery – we need God to strengthen us for both!

When praying the Confiteor, recognize the dual nature of the prayer: to own up to our sinful nature, and to ask our community to intercede on our behalf. Then pray for those around you!


Gracious and Holy Father, give us the wisdom to discover You, the intelligence to understand You, the diligence to seek after You, the patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate upon You, and a life to proclaim You, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

-Benedictine Prayer for Seekers of Faith-


Tip of the week: LAUGH! Laughter is good for the soul and it is proven to help maintain your psychological stability in times of stress.

What makes you laugh?

silly videos, a good joke, a comedy? Whatever it is, take time out to indulge this week and get a good belly laugh!


July 11 is the Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot. St. Benedict is co-patron of Europe (along with Saints Cyril and Methodius) and the patron saint of Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate. Benedict lived briefly with a group of monks, then as a hermit. He emerged as an organizer of monastic communities. His monastic movement attracted large numbers of people who were looking to live their faith more deeply. We hope making this breakfast dish provides you a chance to talk about this important saint.

Eggs Benedict


Try these strength exercises for kids with the whole family!


God is our Strength! Let's look at some science style activities around strength by creating like an engineer!

How strong is spaghetti:

Which column will hold more weight:

Do you like science activities? Here is a whole stack to keep you busy during long summer days; click the link below to download and start experimenting!!

photo by Kelly Sikkema, Unsplash


For Children: "After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again" By Dan Santat

A great story about courage and strength in the face of adversity!

For Upper Elementary/Middle School: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Heartwarming story about a boy who faces new challenges with dignity, courage and humor!

AFTER THE FALL (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat - Children's Books Read Aloud

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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