Build community through prayer

A prayer field trip: “One of my favorite prayer traditions is going to the Stations of the Cross with our kids and another family,” says Jamie, father of four. “Sometimes we’ll go out to dinner afterwards.”

Family prayer group: “Several families from our parish meet once a week for an informal prayer group,” says Deb, mother of two. “We have a reading, then say a decade of the rosary. We use the chapel. Sometimes the kids come in their PJs.”

Prayer on vacation: “We have four families that get together at a big cabin each year for a weeklong vacation. Our tradition is to assign the prayer before dinner to a different kid each night,” says Nancy, mother of two. “They need to bring a book of prayers or a children’s Bible with them on the vacation. It keeps us all focused on what’s important.”

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 2012 Best in Class award from the Associated Church Press, as well as the 2010 and 2011 General Excellence awards from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.

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