Welcome to our page containing Family Faith Formation resources, Adult Faith Formation opportunities, resources for Mass, and so much more.

Holy Week Resources

Holy Week in 3 Minutes – Why do Catholics wave palms on Palm Sunday, wash each other’s feet on Holy Thursday, or kiss the cross on Good Friday? In a BRAND NEW version of our classic video (with a bonus extra minute — because there’s a lot going on this week!), Busted Halo explains the significance of the final week we spend preparing for Easter.

Infographic: A Guide to Holy Week – Catholics have honored the last week of Jesus’ life since the Apostles. Holy Week, stretching from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday, is a time to reflect on all that Jesus suffered for us. It is a time to worship him as our king and remember the light he brings to a dark world. In this infographic, learn what Jesus did and how we honor it in our Holy Week celebrations.

Pray like Jesus Prayed this Holy Week – During Holy Week, as we contemplate the last hours of Jesus’ life, we get an intimate look at how Jesus prays to his Father.

How to Celebrate Holy Week: Top 5 Triduum Traditions for Your Family

Resurrection Eggs: Each egg contains an object related to Holy Week and a slip of paper explaining the item with a corresponding Bible Verse.

Paschal Candle Craft for kids: Helps kids soak up the signs and symbols of the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday).

Holy Week Journal: can be used in conjunction with the Holy Week at Home Family Retreat.

Holy Week & Easter Explained with LEGO – great video for young children

The Season of Easter – Celebrating the 50 Days

Easter Traditions – What do Easter eggs and bunnies have to do with the resurrection of Jesus? Kai and Libby explain some of the Easter traditions we celebrate and the connection to Catholic beliefs.

The Meaning of Easter – Bishop Robert Barron

New Life Seeds – family activity

Divine Mercy Sunday family activities – Divine Mercy Sunday is April 24

Divine Mercy Chaplet Explained – Catholic Minute – Catholic speaker Ken Yasinski

Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 4 Promises – Catholic Minute – Catholic speaker Ken Yasinski

Pray with Us: The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Celebrating Pentecost with Kids – Pentecost is June 5

“Family Faith in the Home” Resources

Enjoy these resources from Loyola Press that honor families and help families grow in faith and love. These resources focus on:

        • Living as a Catholic Family “The family is the first school of human values.” —Amoris Laetitia, 274
        • Prayer “The family is called to join in daily prayer, to read the word of God and to share in Eucharistic communion, and thus to grow in love and become ever more fully a temple in which the Spirit dwells.” —Amoris Laetitia, 29
        • Raising Faith-Filled Kids “No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love.” —Amoris Laetitia, 324

Celebrating Baptismal Anniversaries – prayer service/activity to remember and celebrate the anniversary of your child’s Baptism
Family Thanksgiving Rituals – Making Thanksgiving rituals and traditions sacred is as simple as acknowledging God’s presence and inviting God into that space.
How to Raise Kids Who Care – 4 Ways to Cultivate Empathy

Marriage Enrichment

At-Home Marriage Retreat
Prayer for Married Couples
Who Me, Pray?… With her?
10 Tips on Dialogue from Pope Francis
25 Ways to “Fight” Fair – Catholic Culture
Love 101: Back to the Basics
Building a Domestic Church
Tools for Building a Domestic Church
Marriage and the Eucharist

Adult Faith Formation

FORMED Daily (1-2 minutes daily reflection)
FORMED – Signing up Under a Parish (use St. Mary of Lourdes as your parish)

Family Faith Formation

10 Tips for Teaching your Children to Pray
10 Prayers to Teach your Children
21 Ways to Pray as a Family
Becoming a Family of Prayer
Article: Easy Ways to Teach Your Children About Catholic Saints  (all  year long)

Setting Your Kids on a Path to Sainthood
FORMED for Kids – Signing up Under a Parish (use St. Mary of Lourdes as your parish)
Article: Friends, Not Statues: Three Ways to Teach About the Saints 

Great Music for Kids

All For You
The B-I-B-L-E 
My God
All of my Heart – all about The Greatest Commandment
Praise Your Name
Superstar – God has plans for you; You are unique
He Leadeth Me
Worthy

Fruit of the Spirit
Stories
Blessed Assurance – This is a great song to play before you join us virtually for Mass.
Superhero – Doing good in your life every day and helping those in need
If You’re Happy and You Know it
Gotta Move!
I’ll Do My Best – Think Examination of Conscience.
Jump
It’s About the Cross – perfect for Christmas season and Holy Week
He Arose – Perfect for the 50 Days of Easter

Resources about Saints

Mary Our Lady
Patron Saints – alphabetical listing
Saints’ Feast Days – chronological listing
Saint of the Day        
Saint Terminology
Which American Saint Are You?
What do All Saints Day and Halloween  Have in Common?    
Laughing with the Saints    

Resources for College Students

Keeping the Faith: Prayers for College Students – Flip Book

Resources for Mass – Includes both Children and Adult resources 

Order of the Mass – resource to follow along and respond during Mass       

Feed Your Soul Gospel Reflections – Sign up to receive via email a reflection from Matthew Kelly on the upcoming Sunday’s readings.

Sunday Connection – resources to help you to connect the Scripture to daily life

Diving into the Mass – mini course for kids
Dive into the Mass with these short 3-4 minute videos explain the Mass. Use the worksheets below to reinforce what was included in each video.
* The Sign of the Cross & The Greeting
* The Kyria and The Gloria
* The Collect and the First Reading
* The Psalm and the Second Reading
* The Gospel and the Homily
* The Creed and the Prayer of the Faithful
* The Presentation of the Gifts and the Eucharistic Prayer
* The Sanctus and the Consecration
* The Our Father and the Agnus Dei
* Holy Communion and the Final Blessing
* Worksheets for each video
* Answer Key to the Worksheets

Advent Resources

Advent Family Prayer            (added 10/19/2021)
God of Love,
Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us.
He is a sign of your love.
Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent,
As we wait and prepare for his coming.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.
Amen.

Blessing of the Advent Wreath
Printable Advent Calendar for Children        
Online Advent Calendar for Adults        
Online Advent Calendar for Children
Best Advent Ever – Receive daily Advent reflections from Matthew Kelly
Blessing the Family Christmas Tree
      

Other Resources

Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Page
Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Page
Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Page
Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Page
Our Lady of Hope Coloring Page
Our Lady of Fatima Coloring Page
Our Lady of Grace Coloring Page
Our Lady of Guadalupe Coloring Page