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Living the Faith with Children at Home

On this page you will find resources to help the Domestic Church practice the faith in the home and in the world.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church  …Believing families are of primary importance as centers of living, radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia domestica  ( the Domestic Church).  It is in the bosom of the family that parents are "by word and example . . . the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children. They should encourage them in the vocation which is proper to each child, fostering with special care any religious vocation." It is here that the father of the family, the mother, children, and all members of the family exercise the priesthood of the baptized in a privileged way "by the reception of the sacraments, prayer and thanksgiving, the witness of a holy life, and self-denial and active charity." Thus the home is the first school of Christian life and "a school for human enrichment."  Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous - even repeated - forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one's life. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1656 -1657)


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Sister Rose Goes to the Movies

“Sister Rose Goes to the Movies” ( is a website featuring Daughter of St. Paul and media expert Sister Rose Pacatte offering insight with a moral, theological, educational and artistic perspective into films both new and old. Always honest, often amusing, she is director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, California, and earned a M.Ed in Media Studies from the University of London. Sister Rose is well known nationally and internationally for her work in media literacy education for parents and teachers within the context of culture, education and faith formation. 

Catholic Parenting 101 and Sister Rose Goes to the Movies are provided by Faith First  © 2010 RCL Benziger, All Rights Reserved. Additional Parenting Resources from Faith First

Pope Francis: Thank Your Family    “Saying ‘thank you’ is such an easy thing and yet so hard,” his homily continued. “How often do we say ‘thank you’ to one another in our families? These are essential words for our life in common... If families can say these three things, they will be fine: ‘sorry,’ ‘excuse me,’ ‘thank you.’ How often do we say ‘thank you’ in our families? How often do we say ‘thank you’ to those who help us, those close to us, those at our side throughout life? All too often we take everything for granted.”