As summer-time vacations come to a close, life again settles into the fall routine of school and other scheduled activities. Life at the parish also gears up for fall with Faith Formation classes, committee meetings and community events.
Bishop Ricken, Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, in a Pastoral Reflection “Teach My People to Pray,” invites all parishes in our diocese to continue to promote a deeper relationship with Jesus through prayer experiences at the parish and most importantly in the home.
This coming fall, the focus is on the catholic household as a home of prayer and love. Some highlights for this focus are…
- The home as a home of prayer and love
- The importance of parents
- Keeping Sunday Holy
- The dedication to the Holy Family
We will hear more about this as the weeks go by, but here are Bishop Ricken’s Top 10 Ways to Build a Household of Prayer.
- Reflect on the Sunday Scriptures
- Attend Sunday Mass as a family
- Teach the Sign of the Cross and essential prayers
- Pray for loved ones, pray the rosary
- Display religious symbols, images, statues
- Volunteer together
- Attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- “Keep Holy the Lord’s Day”
- Speak of God and Jesus, and say Meal Prayers
- Celebrate Holy Days
So, as you gear up for the fall season, remember to gear up as a household of faith by inviting Christ to be with you and your family in your routines, your work, and your life.
God Bless you all,
Gloria Nolan, Pastoral Minister