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You inpire us to continue and overcome by your own succes and refusal to accept mediocrity in your faith journey. Thank you for taking us along for the ride!
Catechesis at Home.
At this time of pandemic, many Dioceses have ceased offering Faith Formation of any sort – from Pre-K to and through Adult. This series will continue to guide you in this wilderness as The Church seeks new ways to reach and form the faithful.
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What is joy? Is it happiness? Why should we have joy? These frequently asked questions are answered in this short video. Join Mom and Dad in this talk about joy, how trust leads to joy, and how joy leads to hope. -Nathaniel
How do we get teens to go to mass? How do we keep them from becoming one of the staggering number of “Lost Sheep?” Why don’t they do what we tell them to do? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy answer these questions and more based on personal experience and their own trial and error. They will not let you down!
When we do our part, God multiplies it beyond our imagination.
Jesus feeds us from our offerings by taking what is our gift to Him and giving it to others.
This week we explore the multiplying of the loaves and fishes, seeing how it is foretold in the 2 Kings and discussing Paul’s teaching on how to live like Jesus.
Our activity this week is a Lord’s Day Celebration. A perfect way to prepare for Mass, and making mealtime so much more meaningful and drawing the family closer together.
The Lord’s Day Celebration is a great way to add Jesus to your family meal once a week, in preparation for Mass.
This simple celebration brings the family closer to God and each other in a short ritual that gives parents a way to integrate faithful living into a time when all the family is gathered and ready, and provides opportunity for everyone to participate.
Give your family and yourself this gift and watch their and your faith life grow quickly and your relationships get closer.
As a bonus, there’s a quick and easy bread recipe included.
Beth shares in her VLOG the myriad ways she purposefully encounters Christ in her daily life, encouraging us to seek Him in every moment.
Death is a difficult topic. We avoid it out of discomfort. But Mama and Daddy talk about it with hope, grace, and tenderness. They talk about our final judgement, purgatory, heaven, our hope for the future, and a few helps for when we learn of the passing of a loved one.
Dedicated to: David Cooper (1973-2021)
By Order of The King: You need a break!
Everybody knows about shepherds in the Bible – you cannot avoid them!
Why does God use these humble servants as examples, and what about the bad shepherds?
More importantly, why don’t we ever think of ourselves as shepherds of the little flock He has given us?
This week, we get sheepish on you, And give you a great, simple, yet powerful activity to do as The Lord says in his teaching this week: Come away and rest awhile.
Start by taking a three-minute break and reading up on the Mass lesson this week – then drive the flock somewhere. You’ll see…
Are we prepared to be Disciples and Prophets?
This week we discuss Amos and his hesitation, Paul and the Kerygma, and how ready were the Apostles when Jesus sent him out for a little practice?
All of the readings point to preparation for evangelization, and how we should prepare not just for that but for everything in our lives by first relying on Our Lord.
And, or course, He is always preparing us. In the activity, which is a brief prayer, we get that opportunity to really see how He is preparing us.
Which makes the answer to the question a positive, resounding: Yes!
Mama and Daddy explore the first Fruit of the Spirit that St. Paul mentions in his letter to the Galatians: Love. They explain that Love is a verb that means “sacrifice” and is not an “Ooey-Gooey” feeling, as Dad says. -Nathaniel
Its been a year since the first episode of On the Road to Perfection! Mama and Daddy talk about the up and coming things for our ministry in this episode. Learn about more of our content and get a sneak peak at what the next year has in store from Holy Owned and Operated!
What is faith? Is it blind trust? Or belief in something we can only see the outline of? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about and explain the gift of Faith
You are a Prophet!
What? Don’t you wish you could tell the future! But to be a prophet is not about telling the future. Somewhere we all lost that definition of “prophet” and “prophecy”.
If you are a baptized Christian, you are a prophet – believe it or not!
In this week’s lesson, we see Ezekiel and Paul as they sacrifice to share the Truth. And we see Jesus fail to convert others, though He is sharing the Truth. He is sharing himself and some still do not believe!
The activity is a short discussion idea that is perfect for the dinner table. Or the car. And we learn a new word:
Wisdom is hard to come by. It requires practicing the three Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love.
This week we dive into these virtues as we join Jesus in his ministry, healing the hemorrhaging woman and raising a girl from the dead.
These are touching stories that we can all relate to, and they show us Jesus’ humanity and his divinity, something the Apostles struggled with, and we still have trouble understanding.
We explore these concepts, these virtues, and wisdom, and have a fun family activity to help us remember these things throughout the week.
The Sign of the Cross is a short prayer, but there is some mystery surrounding it.
Should I sign from right to left? Should I sign at the chest, or the belly? If I use my left hand, am I going to Hell?
Is it just a “Catholic” prayer or can any Christian pray and do it?
Mama and Daddy answer these questions and more in this episode of On the Road to Perfection!
In Mass this week, Jesus rebukes a storm, teaching the frightened, suffering Apostles how to rebuke the storms in their lives by being quiet, being still.
This week, the lesson is all about understanding our suffering and how to deal with it. Job, probably the most well-known suffering servant in the Bible after Jesus, gets us started in the readings, and we learn from Paul that better days await us.
Our discussion helps us know everyone suffers, and our activity helps us put our suffering in God’s hands, and see it from His perspective.
The activity gives us an excuse to get outside with each other. Take advantage of it!
Mama and Daddy talk about vaccines, testing God, and other Bits ‘n’ Pieces. They offer wisdom, anecdotes, and little, well, Bits ‘n’ Pieces of other things! This is an off-the-cuff casual conversation about lots of things happening right now.
What’s in a mustard seed?
Jesus talks a lot about mustard seeds, and this week we get Ezekiel in on the action. Palm trees, cedar trees, mustard trees!
Are we like these seeds? Can God create from us who we truly are supposed to be, and what we are truly supposed to do, as unique, unrepeatable individuals in this specific place and time? Paul encourages us this week to be courageous and aspire to please God – like these great trees!
Even the Alleluia gets in on the seedss: “The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower. All who come to him will live forever!”
Is our faith open enough to let Him bloom in us the great comfort and strength, conviction and growth for others as He build his kingdom?
Break out the baby pictures! The activity this week is fun, and it starts with looking at a mustard seed and seeing the size of the tree it grows into (HINT: That’s it above!)
What is the Magisterium? What does they do? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy answer these questions alongside others like what if a bishop makes a mistake? Who is right and who is wrong on matters of faith? Mama and Daddy cover this topic with all their usual grace and humor!