- Make a list of spiritual goals for your family, such as writing a family mission statement, planning a sit-down family dinner, having a daily family devotion time, signing up for a service project at your parish, or scheduling a husband/wife date night.
- Be present to your family; establish “unplugged” times at home. Keep your kids safe on the internet by using the resources at the bottom of this Diocesan website devoted to keeping kids safe.
- At church, make it a habit to introduce yourself to people you have not met. Parish leaders: consider offering more opportunities for parishioners to get to know each other, such as “donut Sundays,” a parish picnic, and family celebrations such as an Easter Egg Hunt at Eastertide or a Lessons and Carols for kids during Advent.
- Offer encouragement and praise to younger families who attend Mass at your parish. Parish leaders: offer resources to keep kids busy and welcome at Mass, such as activity bags for kids and Children’s Liturgy of the Word. Consider offering babysitting during Mass times for the very young.
- Consider the ways that youth can be more welcome in parish ministry and activities. Parish leaders: thank altar servers with a year-end pizza or ice cream party and publish their names in the bulletin as a way to honor their service. Offer alternative service opportunities for youth such as sacristan ministries, altar society, and other youth-friendly volunteer opportunities.
- Examine the ways the parish communicates with families and recommend improvements. Parish leaders: establish social media accounts and maintain current email lists to keep parishioners informed of upcoming events. Consider emailing a shortened version of the bulletin to parishioners each week. Maintain a current, attractive website. Contact Nicole Ossevoort, diocesan Communications and Social Media Specialist for assistance at (315) 459-7170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pope Francis: Wisdom on Love. Practical Advice for Families by USCCB [Store Link]
Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) by Pope Francis [Read Online]
On the Family (Familiaris Consortio) by Pope St. John Paul II [Read Online]
Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)2204-2206 (“The Christian Family”) [Read Online]
- The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet Paperback by Brandon Vogt [Store Link]