• Lord, Do I Really Love You?

    Center for Family Care

    September 26, 2022

    God isn’t looking for more members of the parish. God isn’t looking for religious consumers: people who come to church to get something. He’s looking for disciples: those willing to leave important things behind to follow something (Someone) of much greater importance. Discipleship is an orientation – a pattern of life – that involves commitment, action, sacrifice. Read More

  • Preparing Our Youth for College Life

    Center for Family Care

    July 25, 2022

    “Six or seven out of ten young people will leave the church in college and never return.” This quote, or others like it, has been used by anxious youth workers and campus ministers for at least the past decade. For parents who want their kids to stay connected to the Church, this sounds terrifying, and it is. Read More

  • SUTS Walking with God: Week Six

    Center for Family Care

    July 18, 2022

    In our last Soak Up the Son for this summer, we learn about the Prophet Habakkuk and how we can find sure-footedness (like deer) in tough times through our trust in God! Read More

  • SUTS Walking with God: Week Five

    Center for Family Care

    July 11, 2022

    What happens when we disobey and know we have done something wrong? Join us this week as we learn what to do and what not to do after we make a mistake using Adam and Eve as an example! Read More

  • SUTS Walking with God: Week Four

    Center for Family Care

    July 5, 2022

    This week we learn about the Israelites and the Ten Commandments and how they trusted that God was guiding them to a better life after their exodus from Egypt even when it was inconvenient, they were tired, or it didn’t make sense to them at the time. Read More

  • SUTS Walking with God: Week Three

    Center for Family Care

    June 27, 2022

    What does a joyful shout sound like to you? Is it a whoop! or a yay! or a loud laugh? This week on Soak Up the Son we talk about Psalm 88 and how we are called to walk in the light of the Lord's face with joyful noise. Read More

  • SUTS Walking with God: Week Two

    Center for Family Care

    June 20, 2022

    This week on Soak Up the Son we learn about how the Lord is our shepherd and the significance of the rod and staff! Join us as we walk with God! Read More

  • SUTS Walking with God: Week One

    Center for Family Care

    June 14, 2022

    It's time to get up and get out! The weather is pleasant and God's beautiful world is calling you, just blossoming with lessons to teach you about its Creator. In the first week of Soak Up the Son, God is inviting us to explore the land, "to walk in (it) through its length and its width." Read More

  • Fully Human Family Feature, Episode 1: The Haghnazari Family

    Center for Family Care

    January 11, 2022

    Prematurely born, weighing 1 pound with a 6-month NICU stay, Cyrus has become a thriving, happy teen who plays in his high school marching band. Want to learn how to face challenges with faith and embrace the joy of living? Meet the Haghnazari family. Read More

  • Thank Full

    Center for Family Care

    November 1, 2021

    There was a time when Michael’s odd behaviors would send shivers of shame throughout my body, and to be honest there are still times – though fewer and farther between. I have come to a place in our walk with our child’s Autism and Down Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder that is one not only of acceptance, but even amusement over the little quirks that are a part of who Michael is and what his body experiences. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Go Forth: Week Four Video

    Center for Family Care

    July 6, 2021

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! This week we encourage you to interview two faithful people in your life with different vocations. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Go Forth: Week Three Video

    Center for Family Care

    June 28, 2021

    This week we learn about our lifeguards, Saints Cosmas and Damian, the unmercenary physicians! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Go Forth: Week Two Video

    Center for Family Care

    June 22, 2021

    It's time to Soak Up the Son! This week we learn all about St. Macrina the Elder and her legacy of saints. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Go Forth: Week One Video

    Center for Family Care

    June 14, 2021

    It's time once again to Soak Up the Son! Join us this summer as we focus on our calling to "Go Forth" as apostles in the world. This isn’t an invitation for a select few; we are all called to share the light of Christ and this summer we will explore how we can do that. Read More

  • In Which Church Will the Children be Baptized?

    Center for Family Care

    June 7, 2021

    I’ve received numerous emails related to the challenge of deciding where children will be baptized, when parents come from different faith denominations. Many messages alluded to flawed strategies couples used when deciding when and where to baptize their children. Other messages described successful strategies that couples used to reach mutually satisfying resolutions related to their children’s baptisms. This article provides a sampling of some of the most flawed, as well as most successful strategies used. If you’re engaged or married to someone from a different religious and cultural tradition, this information could prove to be helpful. Read More

  • The Gift of Life

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2021

    The gift is Life – not merely abstract or even of visible cycles and experiences – but one born from the love of a Person, “He Who Is… Life.” (Exodus 3:14, John 14:1) The precious Gift is the Antidote to all of the tragedies and wounds of our fallen existence, and as He once offered Himself for the life of the world, so now and so always He continues to poor Himself out to all willing to receive Him. Life is Jesus Christ our Lord. And this Life is worth living. Read More

  • Son of Man: Jesus a Fully Human Being

    Center for Family Care

    May 5, 2021

    It is difficult to see through murky, cultural distortions when defining what makes a person fully- alive, purposeful, worthy, or important. Cultural “norms” marginalize large groups of people, including those who do not meet accepted physical, mental, or cognitive standards of what is considered “normal.” To put it bluntly, people with disabilities are often seen as less than alive, less than purposeful, less than worthy, less than important - less than human. Read More

  • Prune Your Soul

    Center for Family Care

    April 26, 2021

    I used to be fearful of pruning my rose bushes, wanting them to have full freedom to grow any which way they would. I didn’t want to be like a highly caffeinated hairdresser lopping off more than enough inches, leading to something that looked like a shearing rather than a trim. ‘Don’t be afraid to prune’ gardening experts say, “pruning leads to new growth and continued blooming.” (Marie Ianotti) Read More

  • A Palm Sunday Parade

    Center for Family Care

    April 19, 2021

    The invitation to this parade, and the events of Holy Week, are extended to everyone. Christ does not require a perfect and complete faith. He asks for an open heart, a willing spirit, and our first step to be taken in faith. After that initial step, Jesus will lead us to experience the events of this week in an intimate and life-changing manner. Come and see! Read More