Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 71/ 10.17.21

Hear My Prayer

In the next two weeks, our Gospel passages will carry two themes that we will bring to life in this issue of The Family Zone. First, we hear Bartimaeus crying out to God and in the following week, we are reminded to love God with all our heart and our entire being. Prayer comes to mind when we hear these two themes. As is true with any relationship, God desires good communication with us and prayer is that vehicle. There are many prayer styles and it is always great to do some research and find the style that fits you best so that you can enhance and strengthen your family's prayer life. October is also the month of the Rosary, so it is a great time to learn that devotional prayer as a family, especially if you've never done it before!

Enjoy exploring!


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

By tradition, St. Joseph is the patron Saint against doubt and hesitation. This comes from his certainty about taking Mary into his home and fleeing to Egypt. He trusted that God was leading him in the right direction and he followed. In many ways, as patron against doubt and hesitation, St. Joseph is also a patron of prayer. How can we be like St. Joseph and not only ask God to answer us, but to listen to the answer and follow in trust?



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 grey button below.

Family Stories and Books for exploring prayer at all ages and stages:

  • Praying with my Fingers; An Easy Way to Talk to God (Paraclete Press)
  • The Catholic Children's Prayer Book (St. Mary's Press)
  • Catholic Youth Prayer Book (St. Mary's Press)
  • The Rosary for Little Ones by Kimberly Fries

Parenting Articles: Struggling to pray as a family?



Running on empty? Take some time to be led through this meditative prayer from the Hallow app. A great Catholic resource to lead you to a deeper life of prayer!
Hallow Dailies | 10 Minute Catholic Prayer | Meditation


The videos below will help you learn some new prayers for personal and family time!
Beginning of Holiness
Becky Eldredge Explains Lectio Divina
The Rosary in 2 Minutes
Object Lesson on Prayer
Prayer | Catholic Central


Try making this prayer bottle to help your family to engage in spontaneous prayer. It's a fun way to pray that also creates lasting prayer habits!


Here we share ideas for personal prayer, family prayer and learning more about the ACT of prayer as a discipleship skill!

This article from U.S.Catholic helps us to think about the meaning behind the words of the prayer Jesus taught us. After reading it, practice praying the Our Father with slow intention, thinking about the meaning of each line. Pray it as if you were in the presence of Jesus, when he taught it to his disciples.


Create and play Rosary Hopscotch! Click here for instructions:


Is your child struggling with stress and anxiety during this still uncertain time? Consider the book "Sitting Like a Saint." The book connects scripture figures and the saints to brief stories and breathing exercises and mindfulness that can help your child find calm. PLUS, there is a free downloadable guide for parents! Click on the grey button below to learn more! It's a different way to pray and spend time with God as well!

Word of the Week!

DECADE: The name given to each of the five divisions into which the Rosary is subdivided. It is called a decade because each contains ten Hail Marys, together with an Our Father and, normally, a Glory be to the Father.


As Christians, we are used to crying out to Jesus in prayer. Yet, Jesus would have called out to Joseph and to Mary throughout his childhood for a variety of things. Both parents would have listened as Jesus called to him, as any parent listens to their children. Is it any wonder Mary and Joseph both have the reputation of quietly (silently even?) listening and responding in love?

Parents – Hearing your name called in a loving way is a gift. How can (or do) you call your child by name in a way that shows you love them?

Children – Just as we ask our parents for help, we can ask God for help. Granted, Mom may make a better grilled cheese, but God has a lot to give too. Think about how lucky we are to have a God who gives us so much!

Office of Evangelization and Catechesis

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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