The Family Zone


Jesus, Bread of Life

Happy World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly! Today is a special day designated by Pope Francis themed "I am With You Always," a promise of hope, that we can all share across the generations. As we focus these next few weeks on Jesus, as the bread of life, we are reminded of the hunger we have to become close to Him; when we meet him in the Eucharist, our hungers are nourished and our hearts are healed.

Journeying with St. Joseph

Learn more about St. Joseph during this YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH!

According to Matthew’s Gospel, St. Joseph’s father was Jacob, son of Matthan. Luke records it as Heli, son of Matthat. Many think the similarity between Matthan and Metthat mean that they were likely the same person, and Matthew changed Joseph’s father to Jacob to connect him to the Joseph from the Old Testament, son of Israel/Jacob. The importance of the genealogy of Jesus, however, is that Jesus was born into a family that stretches back generations. He had parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and so on. St. Joseph grounds the reality of God incarnate into our history!



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 yellow button below.

Family Stories: Story Time with a Positive Message. This issue explores great stories about grandparents!

  • When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree BY JAMIE L. B. DEENIHAN
  • Drawn Together BY MINH LÊ,
  • A Gift from Abuela By Cecilia Ruiz
  • Joy by Corrinne Averiss & Isabelle Follath
  • Rain by Sam Usher


Let's learn more about the Mass, together!

Since we are learning about Jesus as the Bread of Life, let's talk about the things at Mass that hold the Body of Christ.

Look at the gallery below to learn the names of these vessels used for the Eucharist at Mass.


This summer we're tapping into sounds from God's creation!

These are ORCAS, also known as killer whales. What do they sound like to you?

Orca Sounds - Sounds of Killer Whales


Here we share ideas for personal prayer, family prayer and learning more about the ACT of prayer as a discipleship skill! Prayer is something we never take a break from !

From Prayers of Summer Break (

The Warmth of Summer Sun

Under the warmth of the summer sun the world awakes and blossoms into every imaginable color.

You created a garden for us to enjoy and within it planted the most magical of flowers and trees.

You needed no horticultural training to plan your color scheme, no gardening expert to recommend variety or design.

Your garden is perfect

Its colors harmonious

its scale immense

Spoilt only by the clumsiness of those who tend it.

Creator God

who breathed this world into being

who is discernible within the harmony of nature,

the perfection of a butterfly's wing,

the grandeur of a mountain range,

and the soaring eagle and humming bird,

thank you for this world

which you have created.

Thank you for summer sun which reminds us that your creative breath is still alive and active.

Thank you for the warmth of your love sustaining this world:

your garden


Hit the road for family fun and exploring! This month we are exploring some nearby sites to make a family pilgrimage!

Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica-Buffalo/Niagara

One of Western New York's most exquisite landmarks, Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica attracts visitors worldwide. Rivaling the great churches of Europe, the Basilica was built in 1926 as a gift of thanks to the Blessed Mother from Venerable Nelson Baker, a current candidate for sainthood whose final resting place is located within the church. Prominent features of the shrine include breathtaking paintings and marble sculptures, as well as the Father Baker Museum and OLV Gift Shop located in the lower level. For more information, click here.


In an effort to reduce our overload of screen time, we will just provide one video here, each issue, to warm your heart or entertain you on a rainy day! This is a beautiful video that will help us to think about how we want to honor grandparents and the elderly today!
Start Seeing Seniors


Find ways to laugh and be time is just for fun this summer; indoors and out!

Interview your grandparents to learn a little more about them! If your grandparents are deceased, ask your parents these questions about your grandparents and see how much they can answer!

  1. Do you have a holiday tradition? What is your favorite thing about the holidays?
  2. Were you named after a family member or does your name have a special meaning?
  3. Do you have a nickname that your siblings or friends call you? How did you get the nickname?
  4. Where were you born? What was your house like as a child?
  5. How did your family spend time together when you were young?
  6. What was your favorite subject or teacher in school?
  7. What is the most important lesson that your parents taught you?
  8. What did your friends do for fun when you were young? Did you have a best friend?
  9. Did you have a favorite toy as a child?
  10. Did you get an allowance? How much was it and what did you spend your money on?
  11. How did you meet grandma/grandpa? What was your marriage proposal like?
  12. Where was your wedding?
  13. What was your first job?
  14. What did you want to be when you grew up?
  15. What was your first car?
  16. What cities have you lived in?
  17. Where have you traveled? What is your favorite city to visit? Do you have a favorite family vacation memory?
  18. What impact has religion had on your life?
  19. What is your favorite memory with your children?
  20. What could you tell me that I would be surprised to learn about you?
  21. What is your dream for your children and grandchildren?
  22. What were your grandparents like?
  23. What is the earliest memory that you have?
  24. Tell me about the day when my mom/dad was born?
  25. What makes you happy?
  26. Have you owned any pets? What was your first pet?
  27. What is different about growing up today than when you were a child?
  28. What is your favorite thing about being a grandparent?


Great projects for exploring, designing, building!

Go on a nature walk, with your grandparents if they live close, and find fun leaves, sticks, bark, flowers, etc. Get some googly eyes and make some fun Nature art!


Fun Treats or Family Dinner; you'll find recipes all summer long!

Pineapple makes us dream about the beach, a tropical island, or being near water! It is amazing how God allows us to dream. What do you dream about? Make one of these recipes with a grandparent or grandparent figure and ask them what they dream about.

Pineapple Dream Dessert

Pineapple-Glazed Chicken

Grandma's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Raising Kids Who Care

Empathy arises naturally in children at an early age and can be nurtured through family activities. The best moral formation happens during every day life in your home. Here's this week's tip on nurturing empathy in your child:

Jesus is the bread of life and nurtures US; how can we share the nourishment we receive through our relationship with Christ with the world? As a family, we can work to love our neighbors in big and small ways. Teaching our kids to have a lens of compassion and empathy for the poor and vulnerable is a very powerful lesson for a child. As children begin to notice more around them they might ask questions. Here is some advice on how to talk to your child about homelessness and poverty and be a family of justice:

Wonder with the HOLY FAMILY

Older generations have so much to offer! They help us know where we come from, and they show such love to those who come after them. Children (and grandchildren) are the greatest legacy most people ever leave behind when they return to the Lord. Joseph and Mary, more than anyone else, understood that. What could be a better legacy than the Son of God? And yet, each parent is as proud of their children because that is love.

Parents: What was it like growing up with your parents? How did they prepare you, even when you were a little kid, to have children of your own? What a gift!

Children: What is it like being around your grandparents? Imagine what it was like for your parents growing up with them as their parents. Bet they learned a LOT!

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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