• Soak Up the Son - Go Forth: Week 6

    Center for Family Care

    July 16, 2018

    This week, we want you to find images that convey “sacrifice” to create a collage in your journal. You can use magazines, online images (as a family), or even take pictures of your own. As you work, always keep in mind the ultimate sacrifice—Christ accepting death on the Cross for our sins! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Go Forth: Week 5

    Center for Family Care

    July 11, 2018

    Welcome back, families! We will focus the next two weeks on love and sacrifice and the role they play in our “going forth.” Add the following portion from Psalm 136 to your family prayers this week. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 8

    Center for Family Care

    July 9, 2018

    Over the centuries, much has been said and written about the Jesus Prayer. And with good reason! In a concise manner, praying “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (or one of its variations) helps us to follow the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to “pray without ceasing” Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Go Forth: Week 4

    Center for Family Care

    July 2, 2018

    It’s interview time! This week we would like you to interview two faithful people with different life vocations. A vocation is your calling—this can be a formal job or an informal one. Take notes, snap pictures, or even make a video—whatever you and the person interviewed are comfortable with. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 6

    Center for Family Care

    June 26, 2018

    As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, let’s remember to include our government officials—local, state, and national—and the members of our armed forces in our prayers. Regardless of our political affiliations and philosophies, we should ask God to work in the lives of those who govern and serve our country. Happy Fourth of July! Read More

  • Soak Up the Son - Go Forth: Week 3

    Center for Family Care

    June 25, 2018

    Welcome back, families! We will focus the next two weeks on our God-given talents and the role they play in our “going forth.” Add the following passage from Psalm 34 to your family prayers this week. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son--Go Forth: Week 2

    Center for Family Care

    June 20, 2018

    We are focusing this summer on our calling to “go forth” as apostles. This isn’t an invitation for a select few; we are all called to live in, and share, the light of Christ. The following prayer for missionaries has been adapted in order to help in discerning how God might send us out to the world as His witnesses. As we continue our journey, add the following to your family’s prayer time this week. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 5

    Center for Family Care

    June 16, 2018

    IT’S SUMMER! We bask in this wonderful time for family, friends, relaxing, and fun. It's a time for vacations from work and school. But there is one vacation we shouldn’t consider this summer—and that is from Church. Church should be the center of our lives throughout the year, and summer is no exception! So join us this summer as we #soakuptheSON. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son-Go Forth: Week 1

    Center for Family Care

    June 12, 2018

    Summer is a popular time for traveling with the family. Some trips might involve passports or the help of GPS. Other ones may not venture much more beyond our zip code. But whether you’re going somewhere far away or sticking close to home, you’ve been invited to travel with the Center for Family Care as we Soak Up the SON: Go Forth. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 4

    Center for Family Care

    June 9, 2018

    We offer back to God the gifts he gave us. Everything we have is a gift from God—our money, our family, our homes, our talents, etc. We are called to be good stewards of these gifts and offer them back to God for the good of all of His children. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 3

    Center for Family Care

    June 7, 2018

    On June 11, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Sunday of All Saints, which honors the eternal memory of every man, woman, and child, throughout the ages, that “finished the race” having “fought the good fight” and received “the crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:7–8). The list of saints includes names both known and unknown, a reminder of the high calling to holiness for each of us by our baptism and chrismation. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 2

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2018

    On Sunday, June 4, we celebrate Pentecost. Take time to learn to chant the apolytikion/troparion to sing during the feast and through the Apodosis (Leave-Taking) of Pentecost on Saturday, June 10. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 15

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2018

    On September 1, we celebrate the Ecclesiastical (Church) New Year. This day has also been set aside by the Ecumenical Patriarch as a special day of Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 1

    Center for Family Care

    May 21, 2018

    IT’S SUMMER! We bask in this wonderful time for family, friends, relaxing, and fun. It's a time for vacations from work and school. But there is one vacation we shouldn’t consider this summer—and that is from Church. Church should be the center of our lives throughout the year, and summer is no exception! So join us this summer as we #soakuptheSON. Read More

  • Falling and Getting Up

    Center for Family Care

    January 29, 2018

    Each day there are a myriad of ways that our children (and we, as parents) can experience falls. We want our children to recognize that when they have done something wrong, it is also necessary to accept responsibility and move toward restoration. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 14

    Center for Family Care

    August 30, 2017

    On September 1, we celebrate the Ecclesiastical (Church) New Year. This day has also been set aside by the Ecumenical Patriarch as a special day of Protection for the Environment. During prayers this week, read Psalm 103 (104), which is read at the beginning of Vespers. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 13

    Center for Family Care

    August 21, 2017

    The word prosphoron (in the plural, prosphora) is translated from its Greek origin as “offering” and, as such, is a fitting name for the bread we bring to church for the Divine Liturgy. The making of prosphora in our homes is an opportunity for families to gather and participate in the life of the Church in a meaningful way. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 12

    Center for Family Care

    August 21, 2017

    The significance of an Orthodox Christian’s regular participation in the sacrament of Holy Communion cannot be overstated. Having received the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are mystically united to Him and one another. It is only God Who makes us worthy of such a wondrous gift. In His great mercy, we approach the chalice with fear, faith, and love—fully committed to lead holy, transfigured lives. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 11

    Center for Family Care

    August 7, 2017

    Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. As a family, at home read the epistle and gospel for the feast at dinnertime. This feast has an afterfeast period of seven days. During these seven days, pray the festal hymns during your family prayer time. If you like, you can even learn how to chant them by listening online. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 10

    Center for Family Care

    August 2, 2017

    As the month of July expires, our attention turns to the two-week fasting period (August 1–14) preceding the final great feast day of the ecclesiastical year, the Dormition of the Theotokos (August 15). At this time, it is customary for Orthodox Christian communities to gather and alternately pray the small and great Paraklesis (supplication) services to the Theotokos on most evenings during the fast. Read More