Building a Domestic Church

Tools For Building A Domestic Church

Council Program Suggestions

  • Begin praying as a family and reading from Scripture daily, certainly before meals, but also first thing in the morning or before bed. Find a time that works for your family. Use the liturgy of the Church as a model for prayer, and try to include heartfelt unstructured prayer as well.

  • Pray a Family Rosary (each member leads a decade and everyone shares intentions).

  • Have a crucifix in a prominent place in the home and in every bedroom.

  • Make the Sacraments a regular celebration – take the whole family to Confession and Mass!

  • Begin family traditions based on the seasons celebrated in the liturgical calendar.

  • Make your vacation a holy pilgrimage by visiting the shrines and saints of our land and the world.

  • Make worshiping God a priority. Never miss Mass, even while traveling – go to to find a church near you!

  • Teach stewardship and charity to your children, through word and example.

  • Demonstrate love for your spouse, your children, your neighbors, and the world. Remind your children that they are loved by God and have been given gifts to serve others.

  • Talk freely about the presence of God in the joys and sorrows of your life.

  • Welcome into your home and support priests, brothers, sisters, deacons, and lay ministers in the Church.

  • Participate in the lay ministries and activities of your parish community.

  • Allow your children to witness you in private prayer. Encourage your children to pray daily on their own, to listen for God’s call, and if heard, to respond.

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