Did you ever wonder how important Church teachings are? Then check out these website. Link One Link Two
I Don't Have To Follow This - It's Just The Pope's Opinion. Or Do I?
Raising kids is Hard Work! Presentation by Fr. Joe Bayne Go to Home Page
Prayer - Is it all really worth it?
Our granddaughter graduated from the 8th grade on June 14, 2013. Now (March 2016) she's checking out colleges. I pray for her, in many ways. Sometimes, I wonder if those prayers really matter. Wouldn't you know it, but in my e-mail came a newsletter from "BustedHalo" on this topic. Here is a bit of what they have to say.
- "First, prayer is a gift from God and we need humility to use it properly. Humility helps us defend against pride and selfishness — things that can cause us to view God as a magic genie rather than Our Heavenly Father.
- Second, prayer expresses our covenant relationship with God, affirmed by our heart’s true participation when praying. Covenants are deep, binding promises that require all involved to sacrifice and offer themselves fully to strengthen the bond. Our covenant with God motivates us to give to the relationship, and not just get from it.
- Third, true prayer honors our communion and unity with God. Marked by authenticity, honesty, and devotion, our communion with God prevents us from being phony and taking God for granted." Read more here. Now the question is, "Am I ready for a real relationship with God?" - Patricia Dyer, MSN, MAPM
Confession 101 (Part One) HERE
Confession 101 (Part Two) HERE
Prepare for Lent: Be Reconciled to God
May We Never Forget! Pray that we all respect life given us by our God.
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Go HERE for a Jewish take on saying "I'm sorry"
Courses offered at Christ the King Seminary
Sunday Reflections on Scripture
Here is a link to reflections on this weekend's scripture readings. Read Here.
Parent Network of Western New York
The Diocesan Office of Family Life offers many services and much information designed for your needs. Here is the brochure.
Kids - Ages & Stages
Support specifically for African American Marriage here.
Additional support for all marriages from the Arch-Diocese of Chicago.
Raising faith-filled teens can be quite a task. Here are some guidelines from one of our sister Dioceses in Pennsylvania.
From a sister diocese in Pennsylvania; Great stuff on parenting from birth through the teen years.
Is your marriage causing you pain? Perhaps there is help.
RETROUVAILLE (Rediscovery) is a peer ministry program which consists of a weekend and several follow up sessions focusing on issues related to a couple’s emotional life such as disillusionment, anxiety, lack of communication. Other areas touched on include forgiveness, healing, conflict, trust, intimacy and sacrament. This is a Catholic program that welcomes couples of all faith expressions as well. Over 75% of participating couples are not only still together but definitely have improved their once strained marital relationship. Go to www.marriagesaved.com for an overview of this program and to register if desired. For more information, or a brochure call your Office of Family Life Ministries at
Parenting Children with Addictions
They said, "Lord save us! We are going to drown!" Matthew 8.25
Addictions affect the whole family. I am the mother of an alcoholic. My husband and I almost lost our son when he was 17. At 36, he is a recovering alcoholic with a beautiful son of his own. He has not had a drink in almost 15 years. I cannot begin to tell you all that I want you to know about addictions in adolescents. First, mother to mother, father to father, my husband and I want you to know the signs that your child may be experimenting with addictions:
Patricia Dyer, MS, NP-P
Children's Clinic at St. Lawrence Read More/Comment
Are you having trouble forgiving yourself for the mistakes you've made on this perilous journey of parenting? Try hard, consult experienced parents and experts, but in the end remind yourself that you did your best with what you knew at the time.I offer you this tidbit of wisdom to get your weekend started with a positive thought without clogging your e-mail. Read it, digest it, delete it. May it remind you of why you so wanted a child and the generous gift of life you offer your child. The self-sacrifice that comes with being a parent is indeed a spiritual undertaking and cannot be done alone. May God who is love, support you.
By Susan Vogt www.SusanVogt.net
On Parenting Teenagers - good tips and reminders.
How to Spot the Holy Spirit.
Who is the black sheep in your family? Your spouse's family? Love them anyway. Family is a package deal. Even if you wouldn't pick some relatives as your best friends, they helped form your spouse. A person doesn't need to be perfect to deserve your love.
By Susan Vogt www.SusanVogt.net
Getting married? Congratulations! We wish you the best for your BIG DAY and most importantly for your MARRIAGE. Your Diocese offers several programs for marriage preparation. Check these out: