Forming a 'Domestic Church'

Take Action

  • Pray together every morning before leaving the home.  Or at bedtime. And specially at dinner.  Find creative ways to pray here and here.  

  • Celebrate each family member’s Baptism day.  Dig out the baptismal candle you received at your family member’s baptism and celebrate with a special prayer, perhaps a card or small gift, and of course a special treat!  

  • Consider the faith dimension of every holiday and incorporate it into your celebration.  Find resources here.

  • Show your Catholic identity in your home by including crucifixes and pictures/icons of Christ and your family’s favorite saints.  Want your home to radiate Christ’s presence?  Read The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home by David Clayton and Leila Marie Lawler [Store Link]

  • Make a family pilgrimage to a local Catholic shrine.  Visit the Diocese’s Mother Church, the newly-renovated Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse, or the  Mother Marianne Cope Museum and Shrine, also in Syracuse.  Planning a vacation? See a list of shrines and pilgrimage sites by state here.

  • Celebrate feast days with special meals and treats.   Make the liturgical year part of your family's celebrations.  Here’s how one family makes good use of our many Catholic feast days.

Further Reading

  • Keep Your Kids Catholic: Sharing Your Faith and Making It Stick by Mark Cardaronella [Store Link]

  • The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home by David Clayton and Leila Marie Lawler [Store Link]

  • CCC 1655-1666 (“The Domestic Church”) [Read Online]

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