The Family Zone

SUMMER EDITION /Issue 22/August 30, 2020


This week our Summer Journey of Faith comes to a close; what a great summer we have had exploring our faith throughout the Diocese of Rochester! Thanks to everyone who sent us your photos, your reflections, your videos and your comments; it has been a joy to take this journey with you!

The Seeing with the Eyes of God website will stay up for another month or so, should you want to find a craft, experiment, prayer, etc. to enjoy with your family. It's always sad when a trip is over!

This is also the last issue of the SUMMER EDITION of The Family Zone. Next week, look for a new school year format that will offer you, the parent, as the primary catechist of your child, to choose from a menu of options to break open each week's Gospel themes. There will be all types of options for you to choose from, and most require 5-20 minutes of your time. Bring faith into each week by choosing a way to continue to grow together in faith!

Invisible Ink from Lemons


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St. Gregory the Great was known for his devotion to being Pope, and putting in the work necessary to make the changes the Church needed. He showed diligence in transitioning from the life of a monk to pope.

What Is It?

Diligence is carefulness and persistent effort or work.

It recognizes a belief that work is good in itself.

Diligence combats the sin of sloth.

Live It Out!

What are you working on? Keep going!

Have you been putting any projects or activities off? Now is a great time to start.


Mass Connection: The Preparation of the Altar

Before the Liturgy of the Eucharist can begin, the altar must be prepared. The priest or deacon places the corporal (a white cloth similar to a placemat) and on that the other things needed for Eucharist. At this point, the gifts of bread and wine are brought forward. The priest places them on the table and says prayers over them, thanking God for them.

It would be easy to wonder why we don’t get right into the action at this point. Why put everything in a particular place and pray over something we are about to pray over? It is because we put the work into doing this right. Liturgy comes from the Greek for “work of the people.” St. Gregory the Great worked to make the liturgy more meaningful, and we work to celebrate it fully actively and consciously.

What preparations do you need to do this week? From as simple as buttering toast to as complex as planning a party, preparation is the work that makes the end worthwhile.


St. Gregory, you are known for your zeal for the Catholic faith, love of liturgy, and compassion and mercy toward those in need. Please help and guide us so that we may share in these virtues and thereby bring Jesus into the hearts of our families and all we encounter. We especially ask for blessings on our diocese. We also ask that you graciously intercede for us before God so that we might be granted the special assistance and graces that I seek (state intentions here.). Help us to live as faithful children of God and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. St. Gregory the Great pray for us. Amen. -Adapted from Novena Prayer to St. Gregory the Great-


Tip of the week: STRETCH

Try this chest opening stretch to breathe more deeply:

Chest-opening stretch

  • Stand in a relaxed position with your feet hip-distance apart
  • Reach both arms behind you
  • Clasp your hands together in a fist behind you at your lower back
  • Keep your gaze in front of you
  • Lift your clasped hands slowly and gently as far as you can without discomfort,
    pulling your shoulder blades together
  • Repeat this stretch several times

Losing Sleep over the Back to School scenario; especially with your teens? Here is a helpful podcast from Roy Petitfils on Ave Spotlight


Create these fun cupcakes together! Want to be diligent? Craft a short musical composition with them!


Cool off and have a water fight or create a slip and slide! Fill up water balloons or play in the sprinkler!

Follow our Pinterest board for Family Fun at home to get in a great water day before school work begins!


Try a craft this week that takes extra patience to perfect and practice the virtue of diligence! Maybe it is a paint by number, a glued paper mosaic, or a friendship bracelet. Sketch a scene and work on the shading, or build an intricate city with your building blocks!

Ants are a great symbol of diligence! Make this craft with younger children and try the other virtue crafts at the site as well!


For Children:

"Farmer Duck" by Martin Waddell (watch the video below)

Hidden Figures: young readers edition by Margot Lee Shetterly

For Teens:

I am David by Anne Holm is a tale about being diligent in moving forward with hope in difficult times

Farmer Duck

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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