At-Home Resources for Families & Faith Formation

Resources for Families 

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Below, you will find links to the following: 

  • Family Catechesis
    - Sunday Reflections 
    -Fr. Michael Vaughan
    - Families in Mission
  • Laudato Si
  • Amoris Laetitia Family Year
  • Spiritual Resources
  • Uplifting Activities
  • Temporal Needs Resources



Kid's Liturgy: 

*Sunday Gospel Reflections

Fr. Michael Vaughan, Pastor at Good Shepherd Parish, Elk Grove
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Love never fails." (1 Cor. 13:8)

This 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, the liturgy presents us St. Paul's beautiful hymn of charity.  He describes it as the greatest of the gifts.  If we don't have love, we are nothing.  Christ in the Last Supper called it his New Commandment.  Therefore it is not an option.  We sing together in the liturgy of the Last Supper "Where true charity is dwelling, God is present there."  The primitive Church grew because of the witness of love that was seen. 

St. Paul describes what it is not and what it is so that each of us can examine ourselves.  It's not uncommon for us simply to react to others the same way we feel we are treated by them.  St. John of the Cross gives us a glimpse of what our final exam will be; we will simply be judged on love.

Do I often find myself justifying my lack of charity because of the behavior of others? 
Am I aware that to love those who love me is not enough for the Christian? 
Do I find charity outside of the home easier and even find excuses to spend time away?


How much time do I dedicate to daily prayer? 
Do I have frequent contact with the scriptures in order to inform my decisions? 
Is there any practice, habit, or idea I've allowed in my life that does not line up with Christ's teachings?

January 30, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Laudato Si


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  • Bible for Children Printable art activities, available in multiple languages online resource

*Examination of Conscience

Before celebrating the Sacrament of Penance, one should prepare oneself with an examination of conscience, which involves reflecting prayerfully on one's thoughts, words, and deeds in order to identify any sins. USCCB

For Children

For Young Adults

For Single people

For Married persons

Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching


On March 19, 2021, the Church will celebrate five years since the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia on the beauty and joy of love in the family. On the same day, Pope Francis will launch the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family”, which will conclude on June 26, 2022, on the occasion of the X World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father.


Farrell: Families of the world speak about Amoris Laetitia on video

10 Videos Amoris Laetitia

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A video message from the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, on the occasion of the beginning of the "Amoris Laetitia Family" Year. Families have a Good Year!




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