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Celebrating Holy Thursday

March 5, 2018


Each year, Jews around the world celebrate a festival called Passover where they remember their ancestors’ Exodus from Egypt and freedom from slavery. For Christians, the Passover takes on added meaning as we recall not only the Israelites’ Exodus from slavery but also our freedom in Christ. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise—the Lamb of God who takes away our sins, and it was during His last celebration of the Passover meal (the Last Supper) that Jesus instituted the Eucharist.

We have detailed directions for celebrating the Last Supper with your family.  Click over here for a printable booklet,  available in both English and Spanish.  (Links are near the bottom of the page.)

And this is also a good time to remind you that we have almost 9 years of posts in our archives.  There are literally hundreds of suggestions for bring the Faith to your family life!  Use the “search” feature or the tags to search topic that may be of interest.

Now available in Spanish

June 23, 2015

Is it possible that the new materials you have sent be made available in Spanish. Our community is bilingual and it would be very helpful.

In response to Annette’s comment, we have reworked a couple of our World Meeting of Families pieces and they’re now available in Spanish as well as English.

You can find the original post outlining our brainstorming here, and the new pieces are here. (SPAN Papal Mass Prayer Intention SPAN-WMoF prayer table piece and SPAN Papal Mass Prayer Intention)

Bringing the World Meeting of Families to your parish

June 18, 2015


Family Formation is very excited about the upcoming World Meeting of Families and our creative Core Team has been brainstorming ideas to bring it to life for our families here in Minnesota.   Besides the obvious connections with family life, we are looking forward to the opportunity to help our families get better connected with the Universal Church!

In the interest of sharing ideas, we’d like to get the conversation started by letting you know some of our tentative plans.  We know some of you are working on this too and we would love to hear your ideas as well!

To connect with our brainstorming, open this Parish WMoF ideas document first and then you might also be interested in this WMoF prayer table piece.

UPDATE: More pieces have been added.

Musical Memories

October 7, 2013

It’s a well established fact that music helps kids to make connections which makes learning easier and more effective.  Family Formation takes advantage of this in all sorts of ways* but the most ongoing one is our monthly memory verses.  In the past, we’ve distributed cassettes and then CD’s to families and now we’re nudging just one more step into the current century by posting all the verses in MP3.  I’ll post a reminder each month, but you’ll always be able to find them on the sidebar link, clearly labeled.

memory verse

Once you click on the link, just find the one you want, click on it and hit the download button.  Couldn’t be easier!

*We’ve had kids as young as preschool age memorize all the books of the Bible!

Seven Sacraments Flash Cards

September 27, 2013

As promised yesterday, click on the link below to open a really simple set of flashcards to help your kids memorize the list of the seven sacraments.sacraments cards

I can picture them being used in three different ways:

  1. Print the picture page and quiz your student only using the visual cues.
  2. Print both pages back-to-back to make a set of self-checking flashcards for your readers.
  3. Print both pages on separate sheets to make a matching game.

Either way, flashcards are a good way to help visual learners, non-readers, or anyone who would just prefer to learn through playing a game rather than just slogging through a list over and over.

Sacraments flash cards

Awesome free stuff

March 20, 2013
I’m pretty old-school when it comes to phones, but I have to admit that some of the fantastic apps for smart phones make me want to rethink that decision.  This one in particular* has been brought to my attention several times in the past couple weeks.
You can get the Liturgy of the Hours, daily Scripture readings, an interactive Rosary, examination of conscience that generates a list for your next confession, a treasury of prayers, and more, all in multiple languages and all absolutely FREE.  It’s available in iTunes and Android, and people who know about such things keep telling me it’s fantastic!
Also, there was a bit of a face-off at our last parent meeting and Mr. Amirealut with his fancy phone was able to beat me (and my book) in finding the needed Scripture verse.  Not by much, but he was the definite winner. J
*Pronounced in three syllables (“lau-DAH-tay”), it’s Latin for “praise”.

Game Night!

November 1, 2012

Subtitle: More Free Stuff

Our creative catechists have been busy coming up with ways to help your kids memorize the books of the Bible and we’d like to share a few of them with you.  One game’s focus is helping your students categorize all the books according to their major divisions (Old or New Testament?  Wisdom, prophet, law? Etc.).  The other’s objective is to help kids learn the names of all 73 books in order.  These games add manipulative and visual elements to the learning and they add action!  Both games were designed for classroom use, but could easily be adapted for family fun.  The links below open into pdf’s that you can print.

Books of the Bible Race

Classifying the Books of the Bible game


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