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March 23, 2018

How Parish Catechetical Leaders Can Engage Families with Rituals of Faith by Sharing Stories

If I had to name a single issue around catechesis that crops up again and again as I traverse the country, it’s how to equip catholic families to share and form faith in the home. I offer a number of presentations on this topic and all of them connect in some way to the importance of telling stories.

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WBAS Topics For Families, WBAS Whole Community Catechesis

January 4, 2018

January Psalm Reflections

My mother used to wait to take the Christmas tree down once my siblings and I were back in school because she thought it would make us sad. In truth, she was the one who mourned the passing of the season. I think she needed the time alone to grieve. As a result, January was her least favorite month of the year. Many people seem to concur. With the bright activity of the holidays behind us, the month can seem long, cold, and stark.

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WBAS Topics For Families

December 14, 2017

Prayer for Setting Up the Crèche

Setting up the crèche is a beloved tradition in both homes and parishes. I have seen a number of beautiful Nativity sets over the years. Many of them reflect cultural traditions and customs, thus making the little tableau both accessible and universal. The origin of the crèche is attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi who, in order to both accommodate an overflow crowd in the small town of Greccio, moved the Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve outdoors. He set up a manger, filled it with hay and brought two live animals to bring the scene to life.

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WBAS Seasonal Advent & Christmas, WBAS Topics For Families

November 13, 2017

Free Thanksgiving Prayers & Reflections for Catholic Families

As families gather to share a meal and express gratitude for their many blessings this Thanksgiving, they have the opportunity to pray. With these prayers of thanksgiving, printable activities, and reflections, Catholic families can enhance their practice of gratitude.

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WBAS Topics Holidays, WBAS Topics Prayer, WBAS Topics For Families

November 1, 2017

How Mercy and Love Can Heal Our Wounded World

“Have mercy!” my grandmother used to exclaim when presented with some kind of shocking news. This was usually accompanied by the clasping of her hands to her heart, as if to protect it from another body blow. There isn’t much better way to express one’s shock and horror at the violence recently leveled with such disregard for human life and decency.

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WBAS Topics For Families, WBAS Topics Virtues & Values

October 26, 2017

Honoring the Dignity of Every Human Being

“If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.” - Saint Charles Borromeo

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WBAS Topics For Families, WBAS Topics Virtues & Values

September 14, 2017

Letting Our Catholic Faith Inspire Us To Console Families Who Suffer

“All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” -Leo Tolstoy 

As I entered the church that day, I knew the funeral would be sad. I was unprepared, however, for the sight of my friend, bent over with grief, as she walked down the aisle beside her husband. Their bright, beautiful, college-age daughter had been killed in a terrible car crash. What made it even worse was that this was the second of their three children to die in a highway accident.

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WBAS Topics For Families

June 12, 2017

The Freedom of Limitations

It has been over thirty years since my husband, Ron, ran his first Pikes Peak Ascent – a race to the top of a 14,000-foot mountain. At the time, the Olympic games were playing themselves out on television. Our son, Eric, enamored by the thrill of victory, was thoroughly convinced that his father was going to win the gold medal. He was crushed when he learned that it wasn’t going to happen.

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WBAS Topics For Families

April 26, 2017

Flowers for the Blessed Mother

What do you think the following flowers have in common: rose, thistle, violet, marigold, carnation, lily, and forget-me-not? Each one has a legend that associates the flower with the Blessed Mother. Some flowers are certainly well-known for such connections. Flowers are one of the many symbols of Mary.

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WBAS Topics Saints, WBAS Topics For Families

February 13, 2017

Family Spirituality: What Makes a Marriage?

Every morning my husband, Ron, leaves a piece of dark chocolate by my computer. I savor its bitter-sweetness in small bites throughout the day. Recently Ron went on a week-long camping trip and, before departing, he left me a chocolate bar so that I could break off my own pieces. I never did. It just wasn't the same without him.

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WBAS Topics For Families


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