Resources for Families
To provide support, the Office of Family and Faith Formation
has created a compilation of resources for you.
*Sunday Gospel Reflections
Fr. Michael Vaughan, Pastor at Good Shepherd Parish, Elk Grove
"In him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." (Eph. 2:22)
This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Dedication of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The Cathedral is the Bishop's "parish" where he has his chair or cathedra. It is the sign of unity in the Diocese where the Bishop acts as the successor of the Apostles.
We can have many different viewpoints regarding our faith. The Unity of the Catholic Church is also marked by diversity. We celebrate diversity but also have to adhere to the teaching Magisterium of the Church. We have to be careful not to be led astray by the latest currents of thought so present today. If we don't agree with something, the laity has the right and duty to share their opinions but with respect and in charity.
Do I form my conscience according to the teaching Magisterium of the Church?
Am I able to detect the voice of the Good Shepherd in the midst of the many voices prevalent in society today?
Do I pray for my Bishop and Pastors in union with him, so they may be illuminated by the Holy Spirit to guide our local Church?
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
XIII Week in Ordinary Time -Readings
Synod Kids Game!
FAITH FORMATION RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND PARISH PROGRAMS
- Religious Education *Catholic Online School: Offering a FREE world-class Catholic education for anyone, anywhere. Strengthen knowledge and learning with a basic moral Catholic education. Catholic Online School is 100% mobile. Providing teachers, with all the teaching resources needed to teach for FREE. Age-appropriate learning resources for all students. If the student is in public school, they can also have a FREE Catholic education. Bringing FREE personalized Catholic education to all people of the world to help end hunger and poverty. A Proud Member of the NCEA. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtJGEHuKI1mx7sNpXga6DHQ/playlists
- The Religion Teacher: The Religion Teacher's mission is to provide practical resources and teaching strategies for religious educators. As a part of that mission, these educational videos will explain the meaning of key Catholic teachings and prayer practices. Learn more at https://www.thereligionteacher.com/
- Bible for Children Printable art activities, available in multiple languages online resource https://www.bibleforchildren.org/languages/english/stories.php https://www.bibleforchildren.org/languages/spanish/stories.php
*Examination of Conscience
Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, one should prepare oneself with an examination of conscience, which involves reflecting prayerfully on one's thoughts, words, and deeds in order to identify any sins. USCCB
Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examination-conscience-in-light-of-catholic-social-teaching
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.
Farrell: Families of the world speak about Amoris Laetitia on video
Visit for resources and more information
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
Lourdes Live Stream Spend time before Our Lady and implore her intercession by visiting her at Lourdes! This is also a great resource for your Sunday family rosary! Visit www.directfromlourdes.com/lourdes_live_tv
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico Live Stream https://youtu.be/1dLygE2ZDZQ
Basilica of Our Lady Of Rosary in Fatima Live Stream https://youtu.be/EdiqIgZ1nUk
Dominican Friars: Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Join the Friars for virtual adoration, Stations of the Cross, Liturgy of the Hours, and more! https://www.opwest.org/coronavirus/
Many institutions, museums, and cultural sites are offering free virtual tours.
Virtual Museum Tours Check out these twelve famous museums that offer virtual tours! https://www.parents.com/syndication/museums-with-virtual-tours/
Live Symphonies View live symphonies from your home! https://seattlesymphony.org/live
Virtual Field Trips, Screen-free Activities, & More
TEMPORAL NEEDS RESOURCES
Help those who may be experiencing financial burdens during this difficult time.
Food Bank https://www.sacramentofoodbank.org/
St. Vincent de Paul https://www.svdp-sacramento.org/