Celebrating Faith: Year-Round Activities for Catholic Families

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"This book seeks to provide you with practical help in teaching your children Christian values and fostering faith in everyday family life. Chapters offer ways to celebrate the Church's liturgical year, as well as secular holidays. You will find simple explanations of the Church seasons and major holy days. Scripture readings, simple prayers, rituals and activities are suggested throughout, as well as true stories from family life meant to inspire, encourage and offer food for thought."—from the Introduction

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Overview

"This book seeks to provide you with practical help in teaching your children Christian values and fostering faith in everyday family life. Chapters offer ways to celebrate the Church's liturgical year, as well as secular holidays. You will find simple explanations of the Church seasons and major holy days. Scripture readings, simple prayers, rituals and activities are suggested throughout, as well as true stories from family life meant to inspire, encourage and offer food for thought."—from the Introduction

Mary Cronk Farrell outlines her chapters by season, beginning with the New Year and ending with Christmas. For each holiday, season, milestone or celebration, she provides family-friendly activities and reflections for parents to share their Catholic faith with their young children. Mary invites her readers to be creative and inventive by using each activity or reflection as a stepping-stone to integrate the Catholic faith into their own family traditions, rituals and experiences.

Prayers, activities and reflections for:

Holy Days Secular Holidays National Holidays Family Milestones Seasons Meal Time Story Time Get-Together-as-a-Family Time

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867166613
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1 The New Year: Centering at Home 3
Blessing the Home 4
Ancient New Year's House Blessing
Blessing the Home with Water
Blessing the Home with Light
Single Mother's Home Blessing
Bless This Mess 7
Clearing Away Clutter 8
Epiphany 10
Activities for Epiphany 11
Kings' Crowns
Bunuelos-For a Latin American Epiphany
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: Working for Justice 14
Valentine's Day: Not Just for Lovers 15
Valentine Activities for Families with Young Children
Valentine Activities for Families with Older Children
Valentine Activities for Parents
2 Lent: Growing in Christ 19
Mardi Gras 20
Ash Wednesday 20
Ash Wednesday Family Prayer Service
Other Ash Wednesday and Lenten Activities
Families That Fast Together... 22
Ways to Fast
Pretzel Party: A Lenten Twist 24
Recipe for Soft Pretzels Made in a Bag
Making Forgiveness a Family Habit 26
Practicing Forgiveness with Young Children
Forgiveness Stones
Juggling Holy Week and Homework 29
Holy Thursday: Washing of the Feet
Good Friday
Veneration of the Cross at Home
Holy Saturday: Day of Waiting 34
Coloring Easter Eggs
3 Easter: Discovering New Life 37
Easter Treasure 38
Easter Treasure Hunt for Children
Easter Season Morning Prayer
Celebrating Easter Every Day 40
Easter Freedom
Pentecost: A Powerful Wind 44
Life Lessons from the Garden 46
4 Ordinary Time: Moments of Grace 49
Mealtime 50
Traditional Catholic Grace Before Meals
Open, Shut Them: Grace for Young Children
Superman Grace
"Rock Around the Clock" Grace
Simple Grace
Johnny Appleseed Grace
Traditional Grace
Celebrating Special Days 54
Blessing of a Child
Prayer to Honor a Person on a Special Day
National Holidays 55
Prayer for National Holidays
Summertime 55
Keep Holy the Summer
Thank God for Water!
Discipline Time 60
Parent's Prayer
Firm and Kind
A Call from the Principal's Office
Prayer Time 64
Praying as a Family
Prayer in Times of Crisis
Family Prayer Ritual in Crisis
The Examen: An Everyday Prayer
5 Labor Day Back-to-School: Work as Cocreation 71
Labor Day 72
Labor Day Family Blessing
Blessing Litany
Chores 74
Back-to-School Shopping: A Teachable Moment 75
First Day of School Blessing 77
Prayer for Younger Children
Prayer for Older Children
Get Rhythm! 78
Beware of Busyness 80
Prayer for Parent Feeling Overwhelmed
Keeping the Sabbath 83
Family Sabbath Box
6 Autumn Ember Days: Remembrance and Thanksgiving 85
Feast of Saint Francis: October 4 86
Halloween, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day 89
The Tale of the Jack-O-Lantern
Jack-O-Lantern Blessing
Trick-or-Treating
All Souls' Day 92
Family Remembrance Celebration
Space to Grieve
Grieving Divorce, Separation or Absence 95
A Psalm in Time of Loss and Grief
In Time of Illness 96
Blessing for Healing
Prayer for Healing a Sick Child
Encouraging Family Stories 97
Thanksgiving 99
Thanksgiving Table Prayer
Thanksgiving Litany
Thanksgiving All Year Round
7 Advent and Christmas: Waiting in Hope, Living in Joy 103
Advent Wreath Traditions 104
Family Advent Wreath Lighting
An Advent Leap of Faith
Traditions Around the Manger 107
Family Blessing of the Nativity
The Feast of Saint Nicholas: December 6 109
A Night Prayer for the Feast of Saint Nicholas
Countering Christmas Consumerism 112
Christmas Tree Traditions 113
Family Christmas Tree Blessing
Christmas Eve Traditions 115
Christmas Eve Prayer
Christmas Morning 117
Home for the Holidays 118
Christmas Joy Lives on 119
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