New challenges presented by COVID-19 may seem overwhelming to families. The diocese supports many ministries that serve as a resource for marriage, parenting and caregiving.
In addition, the Office of Marriage and Family offers a range of services and programs that form couples and families to live out their Catholic faith that is Christ centered.
Whether gathered together in a building or sheltering-at-home, we are all the Church! And, we can all offer our prayers to God – prayers of praise, prayers of sorrow and grief, prayers of thanksgiving, and prayers asking for God’s help.
The Gospels record that children were presented to Jesus, so that he might bless them and lay hands on them. Christian parents wish to bestow this blessing of the Lord on their own children and the practice of a blessing by parents is a tradition treasured by many peoples. The blessing may be celebrated on special occasions in the life of the children or whenever the family gathers for prayer or for reflection on sacred Scripture. (Order of Blessings 174)
It is always appropriate to give thanks to God, but especially so on the occasion of a birthday. The birthday celebration provides an opportunity for acknowledging and giving thanks to God as the author and giver of life. A birthday is also an appropriate occasion for children to express love and thanks to their parents who have shared the gift of life and love with them.
This simple activity allows family to examine what they feel makes them unique and special while also helping develop their own mission statement. Adapted with permission from “The Secrets of Happy Families” by Bruce Feiler. Visit www.brucefeiler.com for more family resources. Developed by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.
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