Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Call

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through […]

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Festival of Families

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It was an awesome night at Saint Michael! Festival of Families brought together clergy of the Diocese, Niagara Catholic staff and parents in a soccer game against an all-star team of Niagara Catholic students, BBQ, family activities, and Christian band competition. The festival started with an opening prayer services presided by Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of St. Catharines. […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Explore

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Bless

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Try

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Succeed

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Fail

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Wash

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Family faith expert Tom McGrath, offers a generous collection of easy tips and tools to help Catholic families realize a spiritual path, and to help parents inspire virtue, discipline, and hope in their children. Writing from personal experience and drawing from the experiences of others, McGrath—a father of two grown daughters—shows fellow parents how to bring faith into everyday family life through […]

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Cry

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“Jesus wept.” This short verse in John’s Gospel always moves me. Because Jesus is both God and man,
he reveals the nature of God in a way we humans can witness and understand. When Jesus learned of the death of his dear friend Lazarus, he was overcome by tears and revealed the compassionate nature of God. God feels our pain and accompanies us in our sorrows. Life in a family involves moments of sadness, loss, or grief. Sometimes we may feel alone in our sorrow, but God is always close. As Jesus revealed and the mystic Meister Eckhart proclaimed, “Whatever God does, the rst outburst is always compassion.” Bring your sadness, loss, or grief and o er it to God who knows your heart and longs to comfort you in your sorrow. —Tom McGrath

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Raising Faith-Filled Kids One Word at a Time: Accept

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A lot of the suffering I have known has come from failing to practice acceptance. Acceptance is neither resignation nor throwing in the towel. It is not a passive stance. Instead, it is taking the irrefutable step of saying yes to what is, rather than wishing for something else. Once we say yes to life on life’s terms, we give ourselves the power to choose our response and allow God enough room to act in the situation. Let us pray: “God, I know that this situation is difficult and disheartening. But I will not lose hope. I will rise to this challenge, knowing that even my smallest efforts will be outmatched by your desire for my well-being. Help me accept what is, so that I will be open to discovering with you what will be.” —Tom McGrath

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