Catholic parenting

From the Bishops of England & Wales

Marriage and Family Life Ministry in the Archdiocese of Liverpool aims to encourage families to grow in the awareness and understanding that God is present in the everyday events of marriage and family life.

From the beginning of creation God created ‘family’ and it is within the experience of family, the joys and the sorrows, that we see the true gospel of love and forgiveness proclaimed.

From the Catholic Bishops of England & Wales:  http://www.celebratingfamily.org.uk/ 

Home is a Holy Place
http://www.homeisaholyplace.org.uk/index.html 

Passing on the Faith
http://www.passingonthefaith.org.uk/index.html 

Other Catholic parent-friendly web links

www.catholicmom.com is an American website that offers practical advice as well as spiritual topics.

http://www.domestic-church.com/, especially the 'fridge art' section with activities for your family

Inspiration for Dads from www.catholicmom.com 

Many Catholic homeschool and family blogs offer free and encouraging information on raising children Catholic.  There is a special focus in some blogs on celebrating the Liturgical Year, especially Saints days, in the family home. Pinterest is also an excellent resource!

Some ideas...

  • Many Catholic families pray or sing grace before meals.  It is especially meaningful for little children to lead the whole family in grace before a meal as it is a special privilege for them.
  • Catholic families typically also pray with their children at bedtime.  This is a good time to ask children to make an examination of conscience - what they thank God for that day and what they would like to say sorry to God for.  Children often pray for the extended family and friends at bedtime too.  
  • Some families have a special devotion to the Rosary and to saying it together.  Other families read regularly together from the Bible or daily gospel.   An excellent, new resource for prayer in the family is The Little Oratory by David Clayton and Leila Marie Lawler.  It is geared to families that are keen to include more devotions in their daily life as it is lived in the 'domestic church'.  

  • Sometimes families have a Family Altar or holy pictures and statues in their homes.  (The photos at right are from Pinterest).

  • Remember that prayer in the family may require discipline but it should not be a burden but instead a blessing to a busy family!

Here are some excellent resources from the Diocese of Leeds about families and the faith development of children.

Psalm 78 (77):1 - 7

What we have heard and known for ourselves,
and what our ancestors have told us,
must not be withheld from their descendants,
but be handed on by us to the next generation

that is:  the titles of the Lord, his power
and the miracles he has done.
When he issued the decrees for Jacob
and instituted a Law in Israel,

he gave our ancestors strict orders
to teach it to their children;
the next generation was to learn it,
the children still to be born,

and these in their turn were to tell their own children
so that they too would put their confidence in God,
never forgetting God's achievements,
and always keeping his commandments.

Jesus spoke to them... 'and know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.' (Matthew 28:20)


Parents '...will be the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith.  May they also be the best of teachers bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do...' (Rite of Baptism)
 

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