Let the parish stretch your family, part three

Keep the kids healthy with veggies and a parish. Studies show that regular church attendance prevents many risky behaviors in children as they grow. Children who go to church regularly are less likely to experiment with smoking, alcohol, and drugs. Incidences of depression are also lower among both children and adults who go to church regularly. A parish membership is one more way a family can commit to offering children as much protection as possible.

Where two or three are gathered.Inasmuch as Catholicism is not a “me and God” religion, belonging to a community reinforces our belief that it is the Body of Christ that gathers each week for Mass. We pray together for the sick, for those who have recently died, for the church and the needs of the world. We hear about opportunities to bring diapers for the pro-life group, to teach religious education, to collect clothing for the homeless, to visit our sister parish in Haiti. Where else are we so consistently called away from the lure of consumerism and endlessly entertaining technology and into a world where we are encouraged—expected—to think of others and to be the people God created us to be?  

—by Annemarie Scobey  from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2010 and 2011 General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.

We offer very low rates for parish use, as well as our free Moms’ Night Out monthly discussion guides.

And don’t miss our popular single-page parish handouts on handing on the faith, helping kids understand the Mass, Lent, and Advent.

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