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A Contemporary Take on the Visitation

A Contemporary Take on the Visitation

by Lindsay Schlegel 

The Church dedicates the month of May to Mary, the Blessed Mother and the Mother of us all. Through Mary we learn trust in the Lord, joy in His promise, humility in our vocations, and so much more.

At the end of this month, we will celebrate the feast of the Visitation, which recalls when Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and stayed with her as she prepared to give birth to John the Baptist. Here, as elsewhere, Mary gives us a tremendous example of good parenting. She shows us the value of community as we grow our families.

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Pentecost Activities for the Whole Family

Pentecost Activities for the Whole Family

By Anne Metz

We hear the story of Pentecost during Mass every year, but let’s be honest, isn’t it possible that some children (and maybe even adults) in your family are not paying close attention to the readings? Make the story of Pentecost come alive for your family! It’s such a great story with incredible imagery - the Holy Spirit descends as tongues of fire, people speak in tongues, thousands of people are baptized - it doesn’t get much more exciting than that!

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We Moms Need Mary as Our Mother

We Moms Need Mary as Our Mother

by Lindsay Schlegel

Children notice and mimic so much of what we do, for better or for worse. Sometimes it’s cute to hear our kids speak like we do, and other times, it can be humbling.

In either case, our children mirroring us parents is an invitation to us to show them how to approach the joys and the challenges of daily living. In repeating our phrasing and copying our gestures, our children are making us aware of the opportunity we have to give them the best possible example of what it means to live a life centered on Christ and His Church.

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Outdoor Catholic Activities

Outdoor Catholic Activities

By Anne Metz

After a long winter, it feels absolutely wonderful to get outside! Why not take this spring to grow in spirituality as a family? Here are a few outdoor Catholic activities to do together to both enjoy nature and to grow in faith.

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Preparing Your Child for First Communion

Preparing Your Child for First Communion

By Collen Pressprich

This year we are preparing our eldest to receive her First Holy Communion. It’s a daunting task, but her father and I are enjoying diving deeper into the mystery of the Eucharist with her. We are teaching her at home using our parish’s religious education program, but are supplementing the workbook with some family-centered activities.

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