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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

What is the end of all this anyway?

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One of the key lessons I learned when I started working as a high school teacher was to begin planning the year with the...

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