Did you know you’re allowed to keep holy water in your house? Don’t worry if your family room isn’t equipped with a baptismal font and you don’t have a stoup (holy water vessel at entrance of church) in your front hall. Take a special glass jar or a little Tupperware container to your parish priest and ask for some holy water to keep at home. If you wish, have kids decorate the container with religious symbols. Keep the holy water in a handy place and occasionally take it out so your children can bless themselves with the Sign of the Cross. Better yet, you bless them with a splash of holy water and a quick prayer.
By Annemarie Scobey, from At Home with Our Faith newsletter.
Take a look at At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home–read a sample issue and check out our Moms’ Night Out monthly discussion guides. We offer very low rates for parish use. And don’t miss our popular single-page parish handouts on handing on the faith, helping kids understand the Mass, Lent, and Advent.