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Well done, parents!

October 10, 2017


Do you subscribe to FlockNote’s email service to read the Catechism in a year?  If so, today you read this:

460. What are the duties of parents toward their children?

Parents, in virtue of their participation in the fatherhood of God, have the first responsibility for the education of their children and they are the first heralds of the faith for them. They have the duty to love and respect their children as persons and as children of God and to provide, as far as is possible, for their physical and spiritual needs. They should select for them a suitable school and help them with prudent counsel in the choice of their profession and their state of life. In particular, they have the mission of educating their children in the Christian faith.

Further reading: CCC 2221-2231

461. How are parents to educate their children in the Christian faith?

Parents do this mainly by example, prayer, family catechesis and participation in the life of the Church.

Further reading: CCC 2252-2253



Well done, Family Formation parents!


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In today’s in-box

October 2, 2017


We were talking about guardian angels this morning and had a question.  Once you die, is your angel assigned to someone else or do they stay with you in heaven?


I think this article is helpful:

The Fathers of the Church speak of this mission when they say that guardian angels are present with the soul at the moment of death, and protect it from the last attacks of demons.

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (1568–1591) taught that at the moment when the soul leaves the body, it is accompanied and consoled by its guardian angel so that the soul can present itself confidently before the Judgment Seat of God. The angel, according to this saint, presents the merits of Christ so that the soul can find support in them at the moment of its particular judgment. Once the Divine Judge has pronounced his sentence, if the soul is sent to purgatory, it will be visited frequently by its guardian, who will comfort and console it, bringing the prayers that have been offered for it, and assuring the soul of its future liberation.

In this way it is understandable that the help and mission of the guardian angel does not end with the death of those the angels protect. This mission continues until the soul reaches union with God.

[…] If the soul decides to enter communion with God, it joins its angel in praising the One and Triune God for all eternity.

UPDATE: You’ll also find lots of great information here including:

  • Does every human being have a guardian angel?
  • Why is every man given a guardian angel?
  • What does the guardian angel do after his charge has died?
  • What about the guardian angels of the damned?
  • Can a guardian angel be assigned to be another human’s guardian?
(Thanks, Deb!)


Football fun

October 1, 2017

rectors bowl

What says “autumn in Minnesota” better than an evening football game?  If you agree, you’ll want to bring your family to the annual Rector’s Bowl game between the St. John Vianney Seminary and the St. Paul Seminary.  It was like going to a St. Paul Saints game only with Vatican flags and lots of priests on the sidelines. And they opened with the Lord’s Prayer. Good Catholic fun!

  • Saturday, October 7 at the University of St. Thomas
  • Free admission and very family friendly.
  • Facebook event page here

Read a little about the history of the event here.

Rector's Bowl 2007

SPSSOD seminarian Allan Paul Eilen dressed as Moses during the 2007 Rectors’ Bowl. (Photo by Mike Ekern ’02)

Highlight Printing

September 20, 2017


Today’s lunch courtesy of the amazing team at Highlight Printing and Full Frontal BBQ! Sometime, ask us the story of how God connected us with Lisa. And you can also ask us about their stellar customer service.

Friday Funnies

September 15, 2017

Real life or satire?

I’ll bet there are 20+ years of Family Formation families who can relate to this piece from the Babylon Bee.

Grown Man Still Quietly Hums ‘Books Of The Bible’ Song To Find Anything In Old Testament



Leading with beauty

September 14, 2017

Family Formation

Art for October Prayer Centers

Postmodern man might scoff at truth and goodness, but he’s still enthralled by beauty, says prominent theologian and evangelist Father Robert Barron.  Beauty, then, is the arrowhead of evangelization, the point with which the evangelist pierces the minds and hearts of those he evangelizes.  “Lead with beauty,” Barron said to an audience of Catholic journalists and communications professionals gathered in Denver for the 2013 Catholic Media Conference.

The post title comes from a talk given by Fr. Robert Barron.  You can read a summary of the concept of leading by beauty in this article (also quoted above).  I use it here because in many cases the prayer table in your classroom is the point with the greatest potential for beauty.  In the midst of classrooms built for function, whose use for Family Formation is temporary, your prayer table is a creative expression of beauty that…

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“It’s about healthy families”

September 9, 2017

“It’s not just about the faith, but also about having ‘healthy’ families who spend quality time together on topics that matter for their lives and their happiness.”



We’re glad to have Saint Cecilia’s back with us again this year and we encourage you to read this article from The Catholic Globe about how Family Formation works at their parish.

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