At-Home Resources for Families & Faith Formation

THIS PANDEMIC HAS HELPED MANY FAMILIES  REDISCOVER THEIR IDENTITY,
AS A "DOMESTIC CHURCH"

To provide support, the Office of Family and Faith Formation
has created a compilation of resources for you.
Please share!

Below, you will find links to the following: 

  • Family Catechesis
    - Easter Reflections with Fr. Michael Vaughan
    -Maryknoll Easter Reflections 

    -Catechesis Open Wide Our Hearts, USCCB
  • Amoris Laetitia Family Year
  • A Year of St. Joseph
  • Spiritual Resources
  • Uplifting Activities
  • Faith Formation Resources
  • Learn at Home Resources
  • Temporal Needs Resources
  • Sample Daily Schedules for Families 
    • Bishop's Decree of Dispensation
    • Ways to Honor the Lord's Day from home
    • Live Stream Masses Available

 


 

 

FAMILY CATECHESIS

PRAYERS

Kid's Liturgy: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfg9euOFfmsu-xX7S2tCcNA/videos 

Family Reflections for Easter Sundays
With Fr. Michael Vaughan, Pastor at Good Shepherd Parish, Elk Grove

Maryknoll Easter Reflections

Catechesis Open Wide Our Hearts, USCCB

The enduring call to love, a pastoral letter against racism

"Amoris Laetitia Family" Year  
19 March 2021- 26 June 2022

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On March 19, 2021, the Church will celebrate five years since the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia on the beauty and joy of love in the family. On the same day, Pope Francis will launch the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family”, which will conclude on June 26, 2022, on the occasion of the X World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father.

POST-SYNODAL APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION AMORIS LAETITIA OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
 

Farrell: Families of the world speak about Amoris Laetitia on video

Visit for resources and more information 
http://www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/news/amorislaetitia/amoris-laetitia-raccontata-da-papa-francesco.html

A video message from the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, on the occasion of the beginning of the "Amoris Laetitia Family" Year. Families have a good Year! https://youtu.be/AERy96AETEA

A Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis has released an Apostolic Letter about Saint Joseph and has declared a “Year of St. Joseph” from December 8, 2020, to December 8, 2021

APOSTOLIC LETTER PATRIS CORDE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

Devotional days dedicated to St Joseph 

  • Every Wednesday, the traditional day of the week for devotions to Saint Joseph
  • On the nineteenth day of each month
  • March 19, 2021, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • May 1, 2021, the Optional Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker
  • December 27, 2020, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Here are some resources

Visit: https://www.usccb.org/saint-joseph

Rosary

Litany

St Joseph Spouse of the Blessed Virgen Mary

This book is a 33-day preparation for Consecration to St.Joseph and can be done individually or as a parish.
Father Donald Calloway, MIC wrote the following book which deepens the understanding of each title on the Litany of St. Joseph: https://www.consecrationtostjoseph.org/ 

The 7 Joys of St. Joseph

  1. The Angel’s Message Of Joy “As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.” – Matthew 1:20
  2. The Savior’s Birth “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11
  3. Having The Honor Of Naming Jesus “…but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son, and he called His name Jesus.” – Matthew 1:25
  4. Knowing The Effects Of Jesus’ Redemptive Work, “She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.” – Luke 2:38
  5. The Idols Of Egypt Fell At Jesus’ Feet “A prophecy against Egypt: See, the Lord rides on a swift cloud and is coming to Egypt. The idols of Egypt tremble before him, and the hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.” – Isaiah 19:1
  6. Holy Life With Jesus and Mary “When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.” – Luke 2:39
  7. Finding Jesus After Three Days “After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. ” – Luke 2:46

SPIRITUAL RESOURCES

 


UPLIFTING ACTIVITIES

Many institutions, museums, and cultural sites are offering free virtual tours. 


FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES

Dynamic Online Resources

From the Publishers

  • Faith & Life by Ignatius Press is an excellent faith formation curriculum that is also available online! With lessons that include prayer, games, quizzes, and more, this is an excellent and convenient way to continue your child(ren)’s faith formation from home! https://www.ignatius.com/promotions/faithandlife/
  • Sophia Institute This incredible resource offers free lessons and activities to help families whose children are on home-study due to the Corona Virus. This is a great resource to get ahold of ready-to-go lessons! https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/elesson/free-current-events?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=covid
  • My Catholic Faith Delivered This online platform has a multitude of series and resources for your child(ren) and the family! https://www.mycatholicfaithdelivered.com/home.aspx?pagename=Courses
  • Loyola Press In light of the current situation, we would like to remind you that as a Finding God or Christ Our Life customer, you have numerous, free, at-home. Parents can always access at-home resources at www.findinggod.com/family and www.christourlife.com/family. Family resources available, including at-home, parent-led lesson plans.
  • Sadlier   Sadlier offers online resources for parents, catechists, and parish catechetical leaders free of charge with no login necessary.  Everyone has access to these resources whether or not they are current Sadlier customers. https://religion.sadlierconnect.com/login.html or contact sbacon@sadlier.com
  • St. Mary’s Press There are online resources for the parishes using St. Mary’s Press materials. The at-home guides, as well as e-books and a few other support materials, are available, including support for parents who will teach from home. For anyone using St. Mary’s Press, please contact us directly for access to the online support of materials to be able to work from home. The ministry care team direct line is 1-800-533-8095. www.smp.org
  • RCL Benziger If a parish uses Blest Are We or Be My Disciples program, they have access to an online free e-book for both students and catechists.  If you need help getting this setup, please contact Jennifer Vargas-Stolper, RCL Benziger Parish Sales Representative, at 626-893-6976 or jvargas@rclbenziger.com. Free online catechetical resources that are liturgically based available here: https://www.rclbenziger.com/catholic-resources
  • Lectionary Resources There are also lectionary resources available for primary, intermediate, and Jr high levels.  There are Gospel Reflections that are designed to be used with families and intergenerational settings.  There are also questions of the week that are lectionary-based.  This wonderful resource is available for free as well.   http://rclblectionary.com/
  • Our Sunday Visitor Alive in Christ Parish Digital Books and Home Lesson Plans. You can access the digital books by going to the Student & Family Tab of AIC http://aliveinchrist.osv.com/family
  • Pflaum During the current health crisis caused by COVID-19, Bayard is providing the texts of the Sunday liturgies to you free of charge as an aid to worship, especially for those who cannot attend Sunday liturgies because of illness or because they have been canceled. While this is not a replacement for actual attendance at a Sunday Mass, it will allow you to immerse yourself in the Scripture readings and prayers for each Sunday, along with our reflection on the readings. In addition to the liturgies, our editors have compiled a list of resources to help parents provide social caring and interaction during periods of school closure. https://www.pflaum.com/free-online-resources-to-use-at-home-during-covid-19-outbreak/
  • OCP https://www.ocp.org/en-us/blog/entry/resources-from-home

LEARN AT HOME RESOURCES

Coronavirus: Explaining & Praying

Academic Advancement


TEMPORAL NEEDS RESOURCES

Help those who may be experiencing financial burden during this difficult time.