After Baptism, it is the responsibility of the parents…to assist the child to know God, whose adopted child it has become, to prepare the child to receive confirmation and participate in the holy Eucharist. -- Rite of Baptism for Children, no.55
Living Faith at Home
http://www.loyolapress.com/praying-as-a-family.htm - Articles and suggestions on praying together, how to pray, when to pray. Also, sign up for a monthly newsletter for families. From the front page of the website http://www.loyolapress.com/, look under Our Catholic Faith and find many other resources for Families. Also: http://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-family.htm and Spanish resources, too!
http://www.churchyear.net/index.html - listing of traditional Catholic Prayers throughout the liturgical year, also a calendar of seasons and feasts
The Catholic Diocese of Richmond Curriculum Guidelines offers Parent and Catechist Pages to assist families in recognizing the social, physical and spiritual development of their children, ages 3 through 14 years. The Curriculum also contains a list of basic Catholic Prayers and teachings. Visit www2.richmonddiocese.org/ocf/curriculum/pre-8-grade.php
For information for youth both in Middle and High School: http://evangelizerichmond.org/youth/catechesis/
Subscriptions for Home
http://homefaith.wordpress.com From this website you can order a subscription to At Home with Our Faith, a family spirituality newsletter. Also, find links to great resources to purchase and a free email subscription that delivers weekly inspiration to your inbox. Also a great article on putting your Baptism Promises to practice. Plus Saints books for kids!
http://www.catholicdigest.com/articles/family/children_faith Informative website was a positive focus on the good works of Catholics in our world. Also, Catholic Digest magazine subscription available, too!
www.livingwithchrist.us - Each month, Living with Christ gives you everything you need to prepare for Mass, to participate in Mass, and to reflect on the experience. Daily readings and reflections for adults, Living Faith for Kids, and La Fe Viva. Or, sign up for their email delivery.
http://www.magnificat.com – order mass books for adults or children, in English, French or Spanish! Also an online bookstore for children.
www.domestic-church.com – one of the first “homemade” Catholic websites that has continually expanded their offerings of activities, prayers and rituals that can be done in the home. Popular site for home-school parents looking for a “few more good ideas.”
www.CatholicMom.com - looks a bit like Pinterest at first glance. Lots of contemporary topics to read and view on faith, spirituality and home-life.
www.catholicmoms.com – with a more “traditional” Catholic look, this site’s homepage provides a reflection based on a changing theme on the front page. Many links to prayers, saints and resources to purchase.
http://www.catholicfamilyfaith.com – a blog designed to enhance the faith development of the Domestic Church, the Catholic family.
Parenting with Grace, 2nd Edition, by Gregory Popcak/Lisa Popcak
This latest updated version continues to guide parents through each stage of child development, from infancy through adolescence, offering additional age-specific advice on "parenting with grace." Practical, faithful, and humorous, Parenting with Grace will help you discover: Seven factors that make Catholic parents unique; How to C.A.R.E. enough to parent your very best Practical, faith-filled solutions to common problems of every childhood stage -- sleep problems, tantrums, faith issues, childhood fears, dating, dealing with technology and media, and much, much more!
Parent as Primary Catechist Tips
“Show me the Way: How Can Parents Pass on the Faith?” An interview with Thomas Groome in US Catholic. http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201301/show-me-way-how-can-parents-pass-faith-26739
“Primary Educators: Parents Irreplaceable Role in Raising Saints” by Daria Sockey
Gives some very practical suggestions to parents about how to exercise this responsibility. http://www.cuf.org/2006/09/primary-educators-parents-irreplaceable-role-in-raising-saints/
http://parentteachersupport.org/ - Formative Support Services helps parents provide for the character formation of their children. Many resources to read and workshop and retreat opportunities available to attend.
A blog enabling Catholic parents to be the first teachers of their children in the practice of the faith: http://familyformationblog.net/
Pocket Prayers for Parents by Kathy Hendricks http://store.pastoralplanning.com/poprforpa.html
Celebrating your Child’s Confirmation; A parent resource by Connie Clark. There are also parent booklets for Baptism, First Penance and First Communion. http://store.pastoralplanning.com/ceyochcoiref.html
A child’s prayer as they head off to a new school year http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/child/school.html
Movie reviews through the lens of Catholicism by Hollywood screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi. Helpful for parents http://www.patheos.com/blogs/churchofthemasses/
At Home with our Faith: Nurturing the Spirituality of your Family http://homefaith.wordpress.com/
At Home with the Sacraments series from Twenty-Third Publications: http://store.pastoralplanning.com/athowisa.html
Look at this report from Virginia Commonwealth University on improving achievement and outcomes through parental involvement: tips http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/virginia_tiered_system_supports/training/cohort/2012/apr/tips_and_strategies.pdf
Resources to Purchase (Not available in the office)
Saintly Celebrations and Holy Holidays, by Bernadette McCarver Snyder
Inside are many "pick-and-choose" ways to create heartfelt and fun family memories for every month of the year. Every idea is practical and possible--and has been family-tested for fun and excitement.
The Godparent Book, by Elaine Ramshaw
This book offers an abundance of ideas for things that godparents and godchildren can do from before Baptism through adulthood. Included are suggestions for building the relationship by sharing the memories, thoughts, values, prayers, and seasons of Christian life.
Praying with Your Children, by Pat Fosarelli
Teaches parents how to introduce prayer in their families with children of all ages, from infants to teens. A practical and easy to use book that will make parents comfortable with family prayer.
Bless My Child; A Catholic Mother's Prayer Book, by Julie Cragon
Every mother prays, even if only, "Lord, give me patience!" Just as children need our love at every age, so too they always need our prayers. Challenged by her children's school principal asking, "If not us, who; if not here, where; if not now, when," Julie Cragon began praying specifically for each of her children. Just as children need our love at every age, so too they always need our prayers. Cragon provides prayers for every stage of their growth, beginning even before they are born and going all the way to the point when they are becoming moms or dads themselves.
Gifts for Children (Not available in the office)
My Baptism Book, by Sophie Piper
Also available in Spanish: Mi Libro Del Bautismo
Baptism is one of the most important events in a child’s life, and My Baptism Book is a perfect gift to mark the occasion. Gentle, enchanting illustrations bring to life the simple teachings about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that are appropriate for the youngest of children. Includes: Brief, meaningful prayers, poems, scriptures, and blessings; gift inscription page; Ribbon marker.
The Beginner’s Bible
Introduce children to the stories and characters of the Bible with this best-loved Bible storybook. With vibrant art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more as they discover The Beginner's Bible.
Prayers for Each and Every Day, by Sophie Piper
This colorful collection has prayers for each day of the week—morning and evening—plus prayers for use in the home throughout the seasons of the year. This very keepable collection includes both familiar favorites and new writing, including some psalms and prayers taken from other famous Bible passages.
Jesus, A to Z, by Br. Michael O'Neill McGrath, OSFS
This colorful and inviting children's alphabet book combines delightful illustrations with alliterative and whimsical (yet appropriate) Scripture story allusions. A glossary of evocative questions helps parents, grandparents, godparents, teachers, and children connect these faith stories to everyday life. An exploration of art, symbol, and faith sure to be revisited for years to come!