What makes your family unique? What do you like to do as a family where everyone is involved and feels valued? Family First Fridays are an initiative by the parish and school to encourage our families to spend time together, to pray together, and express their faith together. A fun monthly initiative to put family first on the first Friday- hence Family First Friday. Each month we will offer a suggestion on how this can occur and we encourage you to incorporate certain things into your normal Friday family routine. We at Holy Family know it is important for all our families to be holy in their own particular way and this is our way to help you live that out.
We want you to focus on the uniqueness of your family when you participate in these exercises. How your immediate family can share their faith in a manner that fits your talents and treasures.
We have supplied a list of 3 suggestions for each Friday. One is a dinner prayer suggestion or a prayer suggestion as you spend the night together out of the house. Two are if you stay home: a gospel passage suggestion as a family and a YouTube video suggestion about Catholic Social Teaching. The goal is for you and your family to spend time together and empower you as a parent to speak about faith with your kids.
I hope you find this resource useful. We are always here to help you if you need it. Let us give praise for the Holy Family and ask Jesus, Mary and Joseph to pray and bless our families to be more like their family, full of love.
Peace and God Bless.,
Holy Family School and Parish Faculty and Staff
Below are some suggestions for this spring:
May 5, 2017 – As May is the famous Month of Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and when we have a Mary crowning ceremony, pray the Rosary together as a family. Discuss and pray for all the mothers in your life, their importance to you, and how they have shaped your life.
Finally you could go visit a Marian shrine such as the Shrine of Our Lady of Einsiedeln in the Abbey Church of St. Meinrad Archabbey, or the Marian Center in Louisville.
June 2, 2017– In the summer we can make plans or get too busy with work or sports. Make time today and once in July to intentionally share the day with your family. Go on a walk, pray, and give thanks for the blessing of a family. Do not take phones, or take photos, or pay attention to any technology, just be together walking in the park and adoring God’s creation.
Pray that God will keep your family strong and help it through whatever may befall it. Reflect on a Sunday Gospel and discuss Father’s Homily on the ride home from Church. Pray for the fathers in your life, that they may be like St. Joseph, strong and steady, listening to the word of God.