Summer Ideas for Families!

Here are some resources for you to help you keep faith alive in your home this summer.

Activities for Sundays and celebrating the Sabbath:

52 Sundays (Archdiocese of Detroit) A dynamic guide to help families reclaim the Sabbath with prayer, activities, food, and more! This site offers simple and insightful ways for families to spend time together each Sunday learning more about the Catholic faith while having fun!  

Breaking Open the Word/ June/July Cycle A – Use this resource to discuss the readings wiht your family.

Holy Heroes Sunday Mass prep with videos, crafts and coloring sheets. 

Build-Your- Own Family Worship Service (Growing up Catholic Worship@Home Pastoral Center) This resource will help you hold your own Sunday worship service at home if you are unable to attend Mass. (Great if you are on vacation and can’t get to mass!)

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Fourth of July

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly – Fourth Sunday of July

The U.S. bishops have approved the transfer of the celebration of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly in the U.S. to the first weekend after Labor Day in September to coincide with National Grandparents (and the Elderly) Day in the United States as many local communities, schools, and parishes have celebrated for some time. 

Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus – July 29th (USCCB)

Spend Time outside celebration Creation –

Stewards of God’s Creation Lesson (Sadlier-Kathy Hendricks)
Prayer celebration and activities for children

Some other ideas for fun:

  • Visit a shrine
  • Plant a Mary Garden and talk about Creation
  • Learn about the Saints and make a Saints book or posters or create skits
  • Pass out bottles of ice-cold water at a local event or charity
  • Make a meal for someone in your parish who is sick or just had a baby
  • Invite friends over for a backyard barbeque and family rosary
  • Go through your clothing and toys and share with a young family or donate to a local charity
  • Stay up late and pray Night Prayer under the stars
  • host a lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to church or a charity
  • rest together
  • plan one day a week for a field trip (to a Zoo, indoor play place)
  • Have the kids keep a summer journal of things they are thankful for

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