Strong Catholic Families

One of the hardest challenges for Catholics today is keeping the youth engaged in the faith and parents actively employed in their children’s faith formation.

The Diocese of Owensboro subscribes to the “Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth” initiative, providing resources for parishes to help their families fall more deeply in love with the Catholic faith.

If you are interested in bringing Strong Catholic Families to your parish, please contact:
Elaine Robertson | 270/852-8336 | elaine.robertson@pastoral.org


Resources for Families

Movie Ratings

Would you like to get a Christian perspective on a movie before you go see it — or take your children to see it? Here are a couple of great resources:

Catholic News Service

Uses a classification system developed by the U.S. Bishops.

Movieguide

Founded by Dr. Ted Baehr: The Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission® ministry, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit.

Printed Materials

Get Your Teenager Talking: Everything You Need to Spark Meaningful Conversations

In this book, veteran youth expert Jonathan McKee shares 180 creative discussion starters to help teens open up about issues that matter. You’ll also find tips for interpreting their responses and follow-up questions. From light-hearted to more serious, these conversation springboards will encourage even the most reluctant teen to talk about friends, school, values, struggles, and much more.

At Home With Our Faith

Published nine times per year, September through May; a resource for strengthening family spirituality.

The Catholic Company

Provides a great assortment of books pertaining to Catholic families.

The Catholic Family Connections Bible

The Catholic Family Connections Bible© helps families connect to: Each other—through family faith conversations. Faith—through practices of prayer and devotion. Community—through participating in Christian service together.

The Catholic Faith & Family Bible

Helping families hear and respond to God’s word.

Ave Maria Press

Some great resources for families, including 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage; The Catholic Baby Name Book; and The Handbook for Catholic Moms.

Twenty-Third Publications

Just type “Family Resources” in the search box for some great resources.

American Catholic – Franciscan Media

Lots of great books and resources, including: “Raising God-First Kids in a Me-First World” by Barbar Curtis.

Liguori Publications

Another great selection of resources for families.


Articles

Susan Vogt

Susan Vogt is from Covington, KY and is the former Director of the Family Life Office. She provides some great articles on marriage and parenting.

Websites

Loyola Press

Here you will find ideas on how to integrate God into daily family life through prayer and other activities. You can also find some wonderful information about “Sunday Connection”, which provides some information and activities to help in understanding the upcoming Sunday readings.

Catholic Parents

This site provides a library of websites on various topics of interest to families.

Catholic Online

Contains a wonderful collection of Catholic prayers.

Strong Catholic Families / Strong Catholic Youth

For more information about building strong Catholic youth.

U.S. Bishops Resources for Families

Some family resources for the Year of Faith.

Center for Parent / Youth Understanding

A great resource to bridge the gap between youth and adults.  Find all kinds of information, reviews and statistics on all things in the youth culture-music, movies, games, pop culture, etc.  A wonderful site to keep up with the latest trends and topics that affect young people.


Chastity Project

Jason and Crystalina Evert have spoken to more than one million people on six continents about the virtue of chastity. After working for Catholic Answers in San Diego for more than a decade, the couple moved to Denver and began a new ministry focused solely on promoting purity: Chastity Project.


Facebook Pages

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Click here to read more about Pope Francis’ call for a Synod on the Family.