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The Teaching Power of the Parish Bulletin

You read that title right .  I know, I know  - you must think I am out of my mind - I mean, does anyone even read the parish bulletin anymore?  I believe that the parish bulletin provides a unique tool which can aid in illustrating how the teachings of the Church are lived out in a practical, local way.   Inexpensive, readily available, and easy to use, the average parish bulletin provides a wealth of examples which can assist students of all ages to recognize how the church’s teachings “work” in the parish community they call home.    Here are seven tenets of the faith that can be illustrated using the parish bulletin:   The Sacraments Dates, times and locations for the celebration of the Sacraments can be found in nearly every parish bulletin.   After completing a lesson on the seven sacraments, have your students scour the bulletin to find information for each of the sacraments.   Ask them to try and identify which sacraments are celebrated most frequently – this ca

5 Ways to Spiritually Prepare for the New School Year

This article was originally posted on Seton Magazine. While this post is written from my own perspective as a homeschooling family, most of the suggestions can be used regardless of where your children go to school. September is nearly upon us and for most families that means a return to the regular school-year routines.  As parents, we expend considerable energy, effort, time and money in preparing for the upcoming school year – ensuring that our children receive the best education, the most well-rounded set of extra-curricular activities and do it all in style (who can resist that dizzying array of colorful backpacks). It is not as often that we prepare ourselves spiritually for the upcoming school year, and yet, as the old axiom wisely states: Failing to plan is planning to fail . Here are five ways you can prepare yourselves and your family spiritually to enter the new academic season with the Lord at the center of your academic life. 1.        Bless your books and your