Family, holidays, and what to say

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There is something special about this time of year. The unique traditions, decorations, and gatherings associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas are, at least for...

The family that prays together …

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It’s a tagline that writes itself, and which most Catholics can finish without much thought. The family that prays together, stays together. This simple statement...

The importance of grandparents

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One of my favorite memories growing up was when my grandfather would drop by our home for a surprise visit. I always loved seeing...

Handing down the faith at church

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How can parents pass their religion on to the next generation?  Christian Smith and Amy Adamczyk, sociology professors at the University of Notre Dame and...

Of witnessing and parenting

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Growing up in Fall River, it seemed that our parish would find any excuse to have a procession. Whether it was two processions for...

Saved in hope

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While my son is not yet four years old, he has become a master negotiator (at least in his mind). When he wants something,...

Raising capable kids

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During the last snow storm, my wife took my son outside to play in the snow. Later on, I saw a video my wife...

Family matters

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Merry Christmas! As we begin to celebrate Christmas this year, I’m reminded of the famous lines from Dr. Seuss’ original “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: “And...

What can we be sure of?

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In late August, my wife and I moved across several states to Fall River (toddler and newborn in tow), my wife a hospital floor...

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