Mass: Write it on your calendar

Ways to help your family get to Mass every week:

Is it on the calendar? For many families the weekly calendar of soccer games and school meetings is sacrosanct. Find a Saturday evening or Sunday Mass time that fits; write it in early in the week. Make other activities fit around the Mass time you’ve chosen.

Make a family commitment: Talk about your goal of weekly Mass attendance with your kids. Challenge each other to hold to it.

Stay matter-of-fact: Faith development is as important as learning reading or math. Approach going to Mass with kids as you do going to school: This is what we do. It’s nonnegotiable.

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 General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.

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