Ablaze Family

The Importance of Cultivating Soil

There is a distinction between doing family ministry and ministering to families.  To use the parable of the Sower and the Seed as our model, doing family ministry is offering “good seed” through opportunities, programs, and events targeted to families. It means making sure schedules are "family-friendly," and that families...
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A Cloud of Witnesses

You know what families need? They need a Cloud of Witnesses (check out Hebrews 12:1). A team of supporters and encouragers and sojourners who accompany them on the journey of faith. People who will pray with them, weep with them, rejoice with them, and everything in between (St Paul is...
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Why Family and Middle School Ministry Matters

Not sure that parents can really do this, or not convinced of the overwhelming value that faith gives to life? Here are some quick takes from some substantial research to help assure you that parents play the most pivotal role in the faith development of their children, that faith plays...
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Listen to Enkindle

These short and practical scripture reflections on the Sunday Mass readings draw families deeper into the Word of God. The messages are easy to digest, practical, and made for the whole family to enjoy - whenever and wherever works best for you. Our podcast is regularly hosted by the following...
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Parish Tool Kit

Our good friends over at the Office of Marriage and Family Life in the Archdiocese of Baltimore created a preliminary "Parish Tool Kit" to help parishes assess their current situation, and find areas where they can become more Family-friendly. From facilities and programs, to liturgy and culture of the parish,...
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“We’ll Do It For You!” Just Doesn’t Work

Authored by Fr. Erik Arnold (Ablaze Content Advisory Team) Years ago, a shift took place in many of our parish religious education and faith formation programs. It started with a good intention as priests and parish staff began saying things like, "What can we do to help take the burden...
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God Has Called You Here

I remember when we were preparing to be discharged from the hospital with our first baby. I knew this moment was coming, of course, and had been looking forward to it for... well, 9 months! But as we were actually getting our final paperwork and being escorted to the door,...
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The Measuring Stick

There’s a show on Netflix called, "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo." It grew out of the famous book, "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up." In the best-selling book and the popular show, Marie shares her secrets to successfully de-cluttering and having a simpler, more satisfying home, and the outcome...
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How Can We Help You Serve Your Families?

How can your parish become more family friendly? Want to help parents not only DESIRE to help their children encounter the Lord, but actually BE ABLE to do it? Want to help families to accompany one another as they grow in faith?Want to encourage and equip families who are faithful to...
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