Halloween as a Teachable Moment
Mary Lou Rosien, Catholic Mom
For families with young children, activity
Vibrant Faith @ Home
Fall: The Significance to Catholics
Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh, Catholic Mom
Bishop Barron on All Saints Day
Word on Fire
Ghosts, goblins, scary things....the symbols of Halloween and the way it is celebrated can be a challenge for faith-filled families. In a previous post we explored ways for catechists to celebrate All Saints Day (October 12, 2018). In this post are links that assist parents in explaining and celebrating this holiday. This is a good opportunity to renew our own understanding of All Saints' and All Souls' Days. As we focus on Saints and those who have died, we help our young learners understand the resurrection and the hope that Jesus offers us.
How Can Parents Explain Halloween to Their Children?
Reaching Out to Parents
As a catechist, you see the parents as they bring their learners for Faith Formation. As important as it is to be focused on our learners, the ability to support the family also has a very important place in Faith Formation. Children who are supported by their parents in faith will be more capable in understanding what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. If they experience faith at home, they will see the faith lived out. As their child's catechist you have an opportunity to develop a relationship with the parents by welcoming their interest in their children. This post by Jared Dees from his book, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach offers some ideas on ways to approach this relationship.
Assisting Families When Confronted by Difficult Situations
Lenten Prayer Garden
Lent is a wonderful time to draw families closer to one another through an experience of prayer. This activity is a simple way to create a hands-on time for prayer for families of all ages. Use it at mealtime, bedtime, or after school. Be inspired by the simple explanation here, but make it your own.
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