From the Bishops of England & Wales
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
Passing on the Faith
Other Catholic parent-friendly web links
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!
- 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!
Psalm 78 (77):1 - 7
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.