The Family Zone

Lectionary-Based Playlist /Issue 28/October 11, 2020

On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples

What does abundant hospitality look like? It is having a welcoming spirit toward all people; just like God! God invites all of us to be followers and it requires not just a YES, but a certain way of life. You might want to spend some time considering what it means to be a follower of God this week and how your family will accept the invitation!

Remember that The Family Zone is a playlist of options; don't get overwhelmed by the listing. The idea is to choose one or two ways to engage in some faith formation with your child this week based on the themes of the Sunday readings. There are many paths you can choose from that will mean the most to you and your kids and open up conversation about God!



Family Stories:

  • "Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleepover" by David Melling
  • "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant
  • "Do Unto Otters" by Laurie Keller
  • "Cody and the Rules of Life" by Tricia Springstubb
Articles for Parents:

Blog Post for Teens:



Listen to these songs; what message do they share about God's invitation and our response?


The Confiteor is a prayer we pray at Mass to express our sorrow and penitence over our sin. It acknowledges that as humans, we often fail and we seek God's mercy. Practice praying the Confiteor and learn more about it by following this link:

Pray this prayer from Pope Francis about Mary's YES and our own:

This prayer to the Holy Spirit invokes the presence of the Spirit in oneself. It is a great centering prayer written by St. Augustine:


Use the videos below as a springboard for conversation to help your family understand God's rules and expectations for us as well as the generous hospitality God extends to us. Consider watching Horton Hears a Who for family movie night and discussing the theme of the value of each person!
3MC - Episode 42 - What are the 10 Commandments?
VeggieTales: God Wants Me to Forgive Them!?!




  • What do you do when friends come over? What do your parents do? How do you make them feel welcome?
  • What are ways that you can say YES to God by the way you live your life?
  • What would you do if God sent you a handwritten invitation in the mail to follow Him?
  • The first reading talks about abundance. How has God blessed your family?
  • Is God happy with the choices I make? Could they be better?


Discernment: The practice of listening for God's call in our lives and distinguishing between good and bad choices.

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

Debtor in Possession

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