Catholic Faith Formation and Education
   
Family Page Index


Issue # and Date
Title
Topic
Suggested Use
#1 - Autumn 1995 November's Gifts A reflection on the feasts of November All Saint’s, All Soul’s Day; Thanksgiving bulletin inserts
#2 - December 1995 ToVe or not ToVe Tips on monitoring excessive TV and alternative family activities To prompt discussions on media awareness
#3 - January 1996 Isn't Life Awe-Full A reflection on the sacramentality of life For any parent sacramental meetings
#4 - Spring 1996 Beyond the Birds and the Bees Parenting children for a healthy sexuality To introduce sexuality education - in a parent communication or at a parent meeting
#5 - June 1996 Lazy, Hazy, Not-So-Crazy Days of Summer A reflection on need for leisure and tips for summer For a summer bulletin insert or pick-up page
#6 - Summer 1996 The Work of Hands A reflection on the nature of human work For the Labor Day weekend bulletin
#7 - Autumn 1996 Be a Peace of the Solution Diffusing the cycle of violence; Family Pledge of Nonviolence Activity during Lent; peacemaking initiatives; response to or in preparation for the sacrament of reconciliation
#8 - December 1996 What if God was One of Us A reflection on the Incarnation and scripture narratives of Christmas; celebrating Christmas in its true spirit The Advent- Christmas season
#9 - January 1997 Making Flying Time Stand Still A reflection on the importance of remembering and marking special times and how this shapes our identity This was a special issue for the diocesan Sesquicentennial year. Use to reflect on the needs to discover our family’s and our parish’s “roots”.
#10 - Spring 1997 Becoming a Family Fight Buster Tips on conflict resolution in the family For parenting skills workshops; peace-making initiatives; response to or in preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation;Lent-en season
#11 - August 1997 Family Fight Busting and Forgiveness A reflection on forgiveness and putting it into practice as a way of living For parenting skills workshops; peace-making initiatives; response to or in preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation;
Lenten season
#12 - October 1997 The Joys of Generations A reflection on and tips for connecting with older generations To introduce intergenerational activities; for “Grandparents Days”
#13 - December 1997 Growing a Moral Child Tips on creating an environment for moral growth in children For parents of children recently baptized, or parents of toddlers or young children; in a “welcome packet” to new families with children
#14 - February 1998 Celebrating as a Family The Sacrament of Reconcilation A ritual experience for the family prior to a parish celebration of the sacrament Lenten season; prior to a communal celebration of (First) Reconciliation
#15 - April 1998 The Spirit is Movin A Reflection on our Family Penecosts A family reflection on Acts 2:1-4 through a “family lens” Pentecost season; a prayer-reflection in preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation
#16 - July 1998 Parents: You Are #1 A reflection on the importance of parents in the faith development of children and tips on nurturing an awareness of God For parents of children recently baptized, or parents of toddlers or young children; in a “welcome packet” to new families with children; any occasion to highlight parent role
#17 - November 1998 Celebrating the Real Christmas Season Suggestions for celebrating the twelve days of Christmas For bulletin or pick-up on Christmas day; for distribution prior to Christmas break
#18- January 1999 Making Sunday Special Tips for starting or renewing the Sabbath rhythm in family’s life For parents of children recently initiated; in a “welcome packet” to new families with children/teens; any occasion to highlight importance of Sunday worship
#19 - March 1999 Where Does God Live Helping children develop a relationship and nurture their images of God For parents of children recently baptized, or parents of toddlers or young children; in a “welcome packet” to new families with children
#20 -June 1999 God Bless You A reflection on the significance of blessings and suggestions for using this ritual For parents of children recently baptized, or parents of toddlers or young children; in a “welcome packet” to new families with children; for workshop/communication on family prayer
#22 - September 1999 Celebrate Jubilee 2000 A reflection on the meaning of Jubilee 2000 Specific to the topic of Jubilee 2000
#23 - November 1999 Jubilee 2000 What can Famillies Do Tips for families to practice the Jubilee tenets Specific to the topic of Jubilee 2000
#24 - January 2000 Sharing Our Gifts A reflection on the spirituality of stewardship and tips for being good stewards To prompt discussions on use of time, talent, treasure; discipleship skills
#25 - March 2000 Building a Just World Part I Reflections on the seven principles of Catholic social teaching and suggestions for families to live them To accompany any unit or course on social justice; discipleship skills; to prompt discussion on the
Christian perspective on service for chilcren, teens and families
#26 - June 2000 Building a Just World Part 2 Reflections on the seven principles of Catholic social teaching and suggestions for families to live them To accompany any unit or course on social justice; discipleship skills; to prompt discussion on the
Christian perspective on service for chilcren, teens and families
#27 - October 2000 Building a Just World Part 3 Reflections on the seven principles of Catholic social teaching and suggestions for families to live them To accompany any unit or course on social justice; discipleship skills; to prompt discussion on the
Christian perspective on service for chilcren, teens and families
#28 - December 2000 Building a Just World Part 4 Reflections on the seven principles of Catholic social teaching and suggestions for families to live them To accompany any unit or course on social justice; discipleship skills; to prompt discussion on the
Christian perspective on service for chilcren, teens and families
#29 - March 2001 Building a Just World Part 5 Reflections on the seven principles of Catholic social teaching and suggestions for families to live them To accompany any unit or course on social justice; discipleship skills; to prompt discussion on the
Christian perspective on service for chilcren, teens and families
#30 - April 2001 Building a Just World Part 6 Reflections on the seven principles of Catholic social teaching and suggestions for families to live them To accompany any unit or course on social justice; discipleship skills; to prompt discussion on the
Christian perspective on service for chilcren, teens and families
#31 - June 2001 Building a Just World Part 7 Reflections on the seven principles of Catholic social teaching and suggestions for families to live them To accompany any unit or course on social justice; discipleship skills; to prompt discussion on the
Christian perspective on service for chilcren, teens and families
#32 - August 2001 Who Do You Say That I Am A reflection on the first goal of Catholic evangelization To help parents reflect on their own faith in Jesus Christ and to enable them to share this faith
#33 - September 2001 Why did God let this happen? A response for parents to help children cope with the September 11th terrorist attacks on U.S. In specific pastoral situations or to accompany a parish’s response to the September 11th tragedy
#34 - December 2001 Let Your Light Shine For All To See A reflection on the second goal of Catholic evangelization To help families reflect on ways to share faith more intentionally
#35 - February 2002 Take the Good News into the World A reflection on the third goal of Catholic evangelization To help families reflect on ways their faith can impact life in the socio-political arena.
#36 - May 2002 When the Body of Christ is Wounded A parents’ guide to responding to the crisis of sexual abuse by clergy To help families get in touch with their own feelings and tips for communicating with their children around this issue
#37 - August 2002 Invite...Welcome...Include A reflection on the Bishops’ Pastoral, “Welcome & Justice for Persons with Disabilities” and ways to put it into practice To raise awareness on the Christian response to persons with disabilities and tips for families to advocate for and interact with them
#38 - October 2002 That All May Be One: Living in an Interchurch Family - Part I A practical reflection on living in an ecumenical family - where one spouse is Catholic and the other is of another Christian faith To encourage conversation within and among interchurch families and among Catholics to raise awareness of the joys and struggles of dual-faith families
#39 - December 2002 That All May Be One:
Living in an Interfaith Family - Part II
A practical reflection on living in an interfaith family - where one spouse is Catholic and the other is of a non-Christian faith To encourage conversation within and among interfaith families and among Catholics to raise awareness of the joys and struggles of dual- faith families
#40 - April 2003 A Parent's Role in Sexuality Education Hints for parents in guiding their children toward a healthy, holy sexuality To accompany the diocesan human sexuality curriculum
#41 - July 2003 Sports and Faith: Friends or Foes?? Hints for parents on finding the balance between sports and church commitments To encourage cooperation between parents, coaches and parish leaders for planning for active sports seasons
#42 - October 2003 When the Saints Go Marchin' in Helping families reflect on their own call to “sainthood”, getting to know the saints and celebrating them as companions on the journey For the feast of All Saints or any saint feastday
#43 - March 2004 An Alleluia People: Celebrating the Easter Season Background information on the meaning of the Easter season and suggestions for celebrating it the full 50 days For the fifty days of Easter
#44 - June 2004 Explore the Heritage of Faith this Summer Tips for “field trips” of faith sites around the Diocese of Albany For people of all ages, end-of-year summer home packets
#45 - August 2004 Citizen and Catholic: What we can teach ou children in an election year An introduction to Faithful Citizenship in a family perspective with links to USCCB resources For use in conjunction with parish efforts in Faithful Citizenship in the months prior to the 2004 elections; can be used in conjunction with Family Pages #25-31 on Building a Just World (Cath. Social Teachings)
#46 - November 2004 Everybody has a Vocation An introduction to Christian vocations with a focus on priesthood and religious life in a FAQ format- by Sr. Kitty Hanley of the Vocations Team. Part I of a series For use in intergenerational catechesis around vocations; around Vocations Awareness Week in January of each year; for a family component to courses for teens on Christian vocations
#47 - January 2005 The Vocation of Marriage An introduction to Christian vocations with a focus on marriage and what families can do to prepare their children for this vocation - by Mary Moriarty of the Family Life Office. Part II of a series For use in intergenerational catechesis around vocations in general or marriage in particular; for World Marriage Day in February; for a family component to courses for teens on Christian vocations
#48 - April 2005 The Vocation of Single Life An introductions to Christian vocations with a focus on single life and what families can do to affirm single persons in their families and communities - by David Amico of the OEC staff and David Stagliano, parish pastoral associate. Part III of a series For use in intergenerational catechesis around vocations/Vocation Awareness week; for a family component to courses for teens on Christian vocations
#49 - August 2005 Thank a Catechist A reflection on Catechetical Sunday as the day to appreciate those in catechetical ministry. This page focuses on parents and parish catechists. For use in parishes on the annual occasion of Catechetical Sunday, or any appreciation of parish catechists or parents as catechists
#50 - October 2005 Restoring the Covenant - A Family Perspective A part of the New York State Initiative to promote the Bishops’ Pastoral - Restoring the Covenant: A Pastoral Letter on society’s responsibility to the poor and vulnerable. This page explores what families can do to develop an awareness and commitment to the poor For use in intergenerational catechesis around social justice or in conjunction with a parish’s initiative to promote the Bishops’ pastoral on Restoring the Covenant; can be used in conjunction with Faithful Citizenship and Family Page #45.
#51 - February 2006 8 Best Practices for Fruitful Lent Tips for re-engaging families in the traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving and other Lenten practices, and for reflecting on their meaning For use with families in the Lenten season
#52 - April 2006 What Does It Mean to be Catholic A reflection on some aspects of Catholic identity and how families can nurture a sense of identity as a Catholic. For use with families in the RCIA, or with sponsors, during the pre-catechumenate or mystagogy phases of RCIA. For anyone wanting to reflect on Catholic identity today.
#53 - August 2006 Keeping Our Promises A reflection on ways parents can best nurture the baptismal promises made for their children For use with families in infant baptism preparation, First Communion preparation or anytime you want to remind parents of their primary role in the faith of their children
#54 - November 2006 Honoring The Dead A look at ways to honor the memory of those who have died and how our Catholic tradition regards death. For use with families around All Souls’ Day or in intergenerational learning around Catholic funeral rites and traditions around death.
#55 - January 2007 Take Back Your Life Stories and strategies for taking control of life when your family is stressed and overcommitted. A tool to help families reassess their lives and rearrange their personal priorities. May be used in tandem with Family Pages #18 and #41.
#56 - April 2007 God's Earth in Our Hands Care for the earth from a faith perspective and strategies for building earth-friendly households Earth Day or for education on care for the environment from a faith perspective. May be used in tandem with Family Page #31 (Building a Just World - Part Seven)
#57 - August 2007 Do We "Haffta" go to Mass A “top ten” list for parents to reflect on their reasons for coming to value Sunday Eucharist as a weekly practice in the family. Useful for parents in First Eucharist preparation, or any time parish is reflecting on the Eucharist. May be used in tandem with Family Page # 18 Making Sunday Special
#58 - November 2007 Living With Abundance A reflection for parents on Jesus’ invitation to “live abundantly” in contrast with our culture of consumption especially in light of the coming Christmas season For Thanksgiving or Advent to call people to consciousness about putting material things into perspective.
#59 - January 2008 Being a Faithful Citizen A reflection on the US Bishops’, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship and ways families can nurture their children’s participation in civic life, informed by faith.
A re-issuring of #45
For use in election years.
#60 - April 2008 From Death to Life-Part I A guide to dealing with grief and loss in the family by guest contributor, Fr. Tom Konopka. For use in teaching about grief and loss or as a resource for parish bereavement ministers
#61 - August 2008 From Death to Life (Part II) A look at the richness of the Order of Christian funerals as a way to frame our experience of loss as believers For use in teaching about the Catholic funeral rites or as a resource for parish bereavement ministers
#62 - August 2008 The Family Meal It's not just about eating A reflection on the importance of the family meal to promote positive behaviors and strengthen the family. How to celebrate Family Day- A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children - 9/22/08 For use in catechizing about meals, such as in Baptism or First Eucharist preparation. Since this issue is dated for September ’08, the information may be reformatted for use at any time.
#63 - January 2009 Living With Hope in Uncertain Times A reflection on hope and practical steps to cultivating this virtue, especially when times are tough For use in catechizing about hope or to rekindle this virtue during tough times - economic hardship, church closings, etc.
#64 - July 2009 A Journey of a Lifetime A reflection on faith as a lifelong journey of growth For use in encouraging adults to engage in their own formation in faith and for parents to respond to different styles of faith in their children as they grow.
#65 - February 2010 Keeping Your Love Song in Tune Tips for enhancing your marriage For use in marriage preparation and enrichment; in celebration of Valentine’s Day, anniversaries or World Marriage Day
#66 - April 2010 Sharing Our Gifts (Revision from 2000) A reflection on the spirituality of stewardship and tips for being good stewards To prompt discussions on use of time, talent, treasure; discipleship skills; especially appropriate at the time of the diocesan Bishop’s Appeal.
#67 - September 2010 Where Does God Live (revision from 1999) A reflection on our images of God and tips for parents to help children realize a God of love Published in conjunction with the beginning of the evangelization/spiritual growth initiative, Amazing God’s first year theme - God is Love
#68 - March 2011 Recharging your Family's Batteries Uses the battery metaphor to reflect on ways to renew and regroup a family’s energy and prioritize family time For use with families to help them keep the commitment to family time. A look at the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in a family-friendly way
#69 - January 2012 The Heart of Christ is in the Heart of the Family A reflection on seven aspects of the Heart of Christ in family life To be used in conjunction with each short segment of the DVD retreat, “Amazing God: The Heart of Christ”
#70 - October 2012 Is God Calling? A reflection for families on the vocation of priesthood by Mary Fay.(An update of #46 - “Everyone has a vocation” by Sr. Kitty Hanley) To be used by families in conjunction with the diocesan initiative, Called by Name (November 2012) or anytime to explore the vocation of priesthood
#71 - January 2013 Opening the Door of Faith Eight suggestions for families to renew their relationship with Christ and the Church in this Year of Faith To be used during the Year of Faith (October 2102-November 2013), at the beginning of a new year, or anytime families want to jump-start the practice of their faith