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Bringing up our children in the Catholic Faith with all the secular influences of our society is a challenge. Our children/youth have a myriad of negative role models sending them the message that sin is “cool” or normal. They are being regularly challenged by the media, as well as people from other faith backgrounds. Without a firm foundation, they are being tossed by “every wind of doctrine” or philosophy (Eph. 4: 14-15).

So how can we help our children grow strong in our faith?

  1. Foster a relationship with Christ and His Church. A solid foundation will help to withstand the attacks on our faith by creating a relationship with Christ, the Rock. The more we know Christ, His Teachings and the truths of our Faith, the more we can stay strong. In Christ, with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can stand against the worldly influences and the secular world view. The Church’s Mission is to evangelize and bring all closer to Christ and His ways. The Sacraments give us the Grace to follow Christ faithfully.
  2. Prayer is the key to our children staying Catholic. Regular daily prayer will absolutely make a difference in their lives. Praying with and for our children is essential.
  3. Make religious education a priority in our lives. Giving them the tools to stay on the straight and narrow will help them make good decisions even in the midst of temptations and challenges. Our lives can be so consumed by many other things like social networking, sports, and other extra-curricular activities that religious education fits in to our lives “just barely” or not at all.
  4. Positive peer pressure: Good friendships with those matching our values is extremely important in faith development. For the younger ones, it is easier to foster healthy friendships. When they get older it is also important, but different. It is not enough to just send them to Faith Formation classes or Catholic School, but also to send them to Catholic Retreats/Conferences, DYMO Camp, Youth Group, etc. These help increase the chance of them staying Catholic
  5. The Domestic Church: Studies have shown that parental influence is more important than any other influence in the life of the youth even over peers and teachers. Your house is a mini church and you are the priest(s). It is essential to continue to grow in your faith development to better assist the youth under your care.

We need to do all we can in our power to pass our faith on to our precious youth, our future Church.

 

~Cheryl Sokolowski, Faith Formation Director

 

A divided country. Fights at the dinner table. Political vitriol. What does it mean to love our neighbors in the midst of such a climate? The U.S. bishops have responded to that question with Civilize It, a campaign that invites Catholics to model civility, love for neighbor, and respectful dialogue in the 2020 campaign season. The year-long campaign began Nov. 3, 2019.
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Also read:

State’s Catholic leaders encourage voters to ‘Civilize It’ this election season (VIDEO) – Detroit Catholic, Aug. 3, 2020

As Catholics, we have a long tradition of engagement in the political process as a means of putting our faith into action. We are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with vitriol and harsh language, often directed at people themselves.

When personal attacks replace honest debate, no one wins. This kind of attack, no matter the reason, only serves to further divide our communities. As Catholics, we must model a better way. Join the Civilize It campaign by taking the pledge below as a way to promote civility, love our neighbors, and build community.

Civilize It is about making room in your heart for those with whom you disagree. We are called to recognize that each one of us is a beloved child of God and to respond in love to that reality. Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward.

Commit to dignity beyond the debate. Visit: CivilizeIt.org to learn more and take the pledge to #CivilizeIt with civility, clarity, and compassion this election year.

Join Catholic leaders in taking the Civilize It pledge:

Why Be Catholic and Not Just Christian?

Let Fr. Mike Schmitz from Ascension Presents share the answers to the question, “Why Be Catholic and Not Just Christian?” in this video!

The 13th Day – A Film About the True Story of Fatima

Witness the greatest miracle of the 20th Century, and experience the incredible, emotionally-charged and often harrowing world of three young children whose choice to remain loyal to their beliefs, even in the face of death, would inspire thousands.
Running time:  85 minutes
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What’s Been Said About This Film:

“The 13th Day is the best film ever made about Fatima”

Steve Greydanus, National Catholic Register

“A timely message of Fatima has been retold for a new generation”

Leticia Velasquez, Catholic Media Review

“A remarkable re-telling of the Story of Fatima”

Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

“…having reminded us of a very important message for the World, contained in God’s proclamation transmitted to the children of Fatima.”

The Jury, International Catholic Festival of Film and Multimedia

“This is a triumph of a film”

Sr. Helena Burns, FSP

Where Can You See This Film?

You can purchase the dvd from Ignatius Press or watch it for FREE on FORMED.org here using Assumption’s code.

Got Confidence?

  • Are you beset by worries about making ends meet?
  • Do you ever wake up in the morning dreading to get out of bed and face the trials of the day?
  • Do you sometimes feel that your world is coming apart and you’re falling into a black hole of hopelessness?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please remember –

YOU’RE ONLY HUMAN!

All of us have moments when our self-assurance fails us. We need to look to Jesus and Mary for help. The Book of Confidence is full of genuine comfort and inspiration. Therefore, it provides the help you need to find true peace in these troubled times.

When you read this book that draws on Holy Scripture and writings of the Saints, Jesus will speak gently to your heart. As a result, just when you think that things cannot get any worse, you’ll find the strength you need in the consoling truths that Father Thomas de Saint-Laurent presents in his book on confidence.

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The book is offered by The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP). The American TFP is an organization of lay Catholic Americans concerned about the moral crisis shaking the remnants of Christian civilization. See their bi-monthly current publication Crusade Magazine here or issues from 2017 here

Crusade Magazine seeks to educate the public on the issues that affect them most. They apply the Church’s inexhaustible teachings to national and international events, culture, history and more. It also illustrates the seldom-perceived relationship that exists between the Faith and every aspect of life, including politics, ambiences, customs and civilizations.

Common issues dealt with include: abortion, homosexual agenda, blasphemy and escalating persecution against the Church. Furthermore, each issue contains a progress report on activities carried out by the American TFP’s America Needs Fatima campaign to spread Our Lady’s Fatima message.

NOTICE: Assumption does not receive any financial gain whatsoever for featuring this information. We’re simply sharing information we feel may be helpful to some people.