for Families

Tea Parties and Prayer: A Dad Reflects on His Vocation

Written by Patrick Sullivan "Dad, do you want to play Legos?" I'm asked this question pretty often - in fact, it's one of my favorite questions, and I almost always say yes. I've never responded with, "Well what will I get out of this?" or, "Technically, the plural of Lego...
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September is the New January

Written by Kathy DeVet Anyone else mourning the waning of the long, lazy days of summer? I love waking up to light outside and having it stay light longer. Lately, I’ve really noticed that it’s darker in the morning. I’m not ready!! Don’t get me wrong, I love all of...
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Starting School with the Saints

Written by CatherineSullivan My oldest is starting kindergarten this year. As you can imagine, there are a lot of big feelings in our house right now.  Her: excited, nervous, and a little annoyed about the uniform she has to wear.  Me: excited, nervous, and a little worried about how this...
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Crown Full of Jewels: Where is Your Treasure?

Written by Kathy DeVet A favorite memory of mine that has had a continuing impact on my life is from my college years. I went to a university where a lot of my family had gone. When I was there, my father, aunts, and uncles would come for the homecoming...
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Paying Attention to the Nudges

Written by Kathy DeVet In early February of 2020, I got an email asking if I was interested in having a Lenten prayer partner from our sister parish in Baltimore City. The idea was that the two parishes would begin to form closer personal relationships through this initiative. My first...
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Meet Him on the Mountain

Written by Catherine Sullivan I slid the door of the van open and stepped out into the predawn darkness. Yawning and stretching, I looked around at the nearly-empty parking lot. I had a hard time believing that what I was about to do would be fun.  On a family vacation...
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Not Feeling Good Enough to Pray? Try This.

Written by Kathy DeVet  Have you ever thought: “I can’t pray because I’m not worthy.”? Or “I can’t serve at church because I’m not good enough."? Funny thing, when I was trying to start writing this blog post, I started to feel like I had nothing to say and no...
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Heavenly Friends: Praying with the Saints

Written by Kathy DeVet I love the saints! They are so interesting and inspiring! They are like older siblings in the faith who can lead the way and give a helping hand (by interceding). Sometimes, like older siblings, they can make me feel like I’ll never measure up or be...
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How My Downfalls Bring Me Closer to God

Written by Kathy DeVet They didn’t make my list either, but I was reading a book recently (Searching for and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jacques Phillipe) that said we should be thankful for our faults. Are you kidding me? Really?   I don’t know about you, but I’m no Mary Poppins....
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Learning to Love the Rosary

Written by Samantha, age 18 I grew up in a Dominican parish, and the Dominicans are where the rosary in its current form originated. Based on that fact, and also that my parents are both lovers of the rosary, it would seem that I was in a prime position to...
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