Catholic Resources for YOU!
With so many beautiful prayers and so much Catholic media at our fingertips, now is a great time to start learning more about your faith! Look below to see if anything sparks your interest. If you don't see anything here, or want more resources, contact Mary Ryan at [email protected].
Ideas for the Family
Eucharistic Adoration: An Invitation
The best way to get closer to Christ is by spending time with Him! How can we have a friendship or relationship with anyone if we do not spend time with them? Jesus gives us a great gift by being fully present to us in the Holy Eucharist. Did you know that Our Lady of the Assumption Church has Eucharistic Adoration EVERY Monday following the 9am Mass? Come and see what it means to truly encounter Christ.
The Importance of the Eucharist:
What to do in Adoration:
The Rosary is a beautiful prayer given to us by Our Blessed Mother, who asked us to pray it daily when she appeared to the children at Fatima. Click here to learn how to pray this beautiful prayer: https://rosarycenter.org/how-to-pray-the-rosary
As Catholics, we believe in the powerful intercession of Mary to Jesus. She brings our prayers to Him in a more perfect way than we ever could. We do not believe Mary to be God, we simply ask for her help to bring us closer to Jesus.
Reach out to learn more about the Children's Rosary and the Consecration to Jesus through Our Blessed Mother. If you do not have Rosary beads and would like some, stop by the office! We have plenty just waiting to be prayed with :) Make sure your Rosary beads are blessed. Ask Fr. Ford to bless them if you have not already! And remember, a family that prays together stays together.
What's that you say? All your family does is watch TV??
Turn TV time into a time for growing together in faith. The Chosen is a popular show, by Angel Studios, that takes us back to Jesus' time and gives a glimpse of what parts of His life might have been like, as well as what some of the Saints may have been like. With 16 episodes and a few special releases, your family will have a beautiful time together reflecting on Jesus and His Gospel.
Click any of these images to learn more about how you can watch The Chosen today!
Fr. Ford will give a free sweatshirt to any student who watches every episode!
Catholic Videos and Podcasts
Blessed Carlo Acutis:
Catholic Kids Media (for children):
Life Teen (for high school and middle school ages):
Pints with Aquinas (for high schoolers, college students, and parents):
Emily Wilson (for young ladies):
A Catholic Mom's Life (for mothers and young women):
Blessed is She (young women and mothers):
The Catholic Man Show (young men and fathers):
Poco a poco Podcast with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal:
Everyday Catholic Show with EWTN:
According to the Sisters of Life, "Vocation means "call." It is how you were created to love and be loved. It is an invitation received, and God initiates. We cannot earn or create it. He speaks it into the depths of our heart, and in freedom, I respond in trust and generosity, knowing it is for my joy."
We all, as Catholics, are called to the vocation of Life in the Holy Spirit, which the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes as "life...made up of divine charity and human solidarity....graciously offered as salvation" (CCC 1699). We live this out by frequenting the Sacraments, praying daily, and always recognizing human dignity through acts of charity and service to others. However, each of us is also called by God to a particular way to live out this call through a specific vocation to the priesthood, religious life, consecrated single life, or holy married life. Discernment helps us to think and pray about where God might be calling us. Check out our Vocations bulletin board for some discernment tools, as well as these resources to learn more about different vocations and where God might be calling you to become more fully the man or woman He has made you to be:
7 Essential Things About Your Vocation:
Discernment Resources for Men and Women from the USCCB:
More from the USCCB:
Vocations within the Archdiocese of Hartford:
Melchizedek Project (for Men):
Religious Brotherhood (for Men):
Let Love Podcast with the Sisters of Life (for Women):
Links on Vocations for Women from Catholify:
CMSWR (for Women):
Resources for Married Couples (from the USCCB):
Family Retreat: Nurturing and Sustaining Christian Marriage as an Efficacious Sign, the Sacrament of the Covenant of Christ and the Church:
The Christian Family and the Evangelization of Children:
A Prayer for Family Commitment:
Married Couples and the Challenge of Extended Tours, Financial Pressures, and Reentry into the Family After Military Service:
Pornography’s Effects on Marriage and the Hope of Recovery and Healing:
The Church’s Healing Ministry in Caring for Those Touched by the Trauma of Separation and Divorce:
In Case that Wasn't Enough...
3-Minute Retreats – invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.
Sunday Scripture Readings – New each week. Review previous weeks readings too!
Sadlier Religion – a recognized and respected publisher of print, digital, and online educational materials for PreK-12 public and nonpublic schools, and catechetical materials for Catholic schools, parishes, and families. We use their Christ In Us series for Faith Formation of grades 1-8.
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