Faith and Family

 Faith and Family

  

January 10, 2008
Feast of the Holy Family

Belinda serves as Youth Minister for the Cathedral Community in Rochester, NY. John serves in the Diocesan Office of Parish Support Ministries as Coordinator of Urban Services and Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. He also ministers as Deacon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Rochester, NY. They are the parents of three teenagers.

  

John and Belinda share how they see ordinary family life as a path to transformation and holiness. In family life we are called to share in the holiness and mission of Christ. We become holy, not in spite of the struggles of family life, but in the midst of them.

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By Belinda and John Brasley
December 20, 2007
From St. Nick to Santa Claus

Do you believe in Santa Claus? Pat Fox (Catechetical Leader, St. Joseph’s Church, Penfield) describes how the historical figure of St. Nicholas developed into the character we know as Santa Claus with all his various cultural manifestations.

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By Patrick Fox
November 13, 2007
Parents as Partners in Catechesis

Patrick Fox, Catechetical Leader, St. Joseph’s Church, Penfield, NY identifies parents as the primary educators of their children but suggests that they need not do this alone. The role of parents in the faith formation of their children is best when it works as part of a partnership between the Bishop, the pastor, and other church professionals and volunteers. When those involved in this partnership are engaged and supported then does the church in the home – the domestic church – flourish.

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By Patrick Fox
September 4, 2007
Praying with Our Children

Dominic (Catechetical Leader, St. Leo's, Hilton) and Ginger share why praying with their children is an integral part of their life as a family. They encourage their children to pray in a variety of ways: the rosary, intercessory prayer, participation in the celebration of the Eucharist, and spontaneous prayer that arises out of their daily lives together.

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By Dominic and Ginger Salamida
June 18, 2007
Can Family Vacations Be Spiritual Experiences?

Alice describes how she and her husband prepared their family for a trip to Disney World. They created value-based expectations for how their children would be a part of funding and planning for the vacation and how they would share the experience with other family members upon their return. It turned out to be a "great" family vacation.

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By Alice Miller-Nation