Family Catechesis at Home: Through the Year with Jesus Giveaway

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Lent is almost here! (Or maybe you're reading this late, in which case... I hope your Lent is sufficiently penitential and spiritually enriching!) If you haven't already solidified your family's plans, I've got an idea for you:

Katie is a religion teacher and an absolute gift to the Church - if you've never read her blog, please don't miss it! She has an abundance of resources for living the liturgical year whether you're homeschooling, trying to add to your religious education at home, or teaching CCD at your parish. And now, she's published a book!
Through the Year with Jesus is packed with sacred art, Scripture, and discussion prompts for families, complete with both lectio *and* visio divina meditations. Wouldn't this be a wonderful way to bring discussions about the faith into your home? Whether at the dinner table, during school, or for evening prayers, it's the perfect way to bring more beauty and meaning to your family devotions. 
The book includes readings for each week of the year, as well as extras for the Triduum, and separate Visio Divina pages that focus especially on sacred art. If you include picture study in your homeschooling, this would be a wonderful way to add a little depth, and all the art is cited in the back of the book so you can look up further information on the artists.

You could set your Sundays apart by having a family discussion at the dinner table about the reading for the week, or use them at any time of the year - while there's a calendar to match these up with the Ordinary Form liturgical year, the cycle of readings means that you won't necessary be hearing these readings at Mass, so the book doesn't have to be tied to any particular year. And even if you attend the Traditional Latin Mass or a different rite, your family is sure to find lots of value in this sturdy, beautiful hardcover volume. 

You can purchase your own copy on Amazon or through independent booksellers via Bookshop! (These are affiliate links, which means I may receive a small portion of purchases at no extra cost to you) Thank you to Katie and the St. Paul Center for this beautiful book and for the extra copy to give away!

Comment below for a chance to win a copy for yourself (US only, please!), and check the rafflecopter for more entry options!

What has been the most fruitful spiritual practice for your family during Lent?

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  1. Last year for Lent before the restrictions were put in place, we were going to Mass every day that our parish offered it (MWF and Sunday) and I began praying a decade of the rosary with my children each night.

  2. For the kids, a sacrifice jar has been fruitful. For the adults, spiritual reading and avoiding bad habits / vices has been most fruitful.

  3. Unfortunately I didn't celebrate Lent when my children were at home. The most meaningful spiritual practice for me was the year I read the entire Bible for Lent. It literally changed my life. Now that I have grandchildren, I want to start sharing the liturgical calendar with them.

  4. We started reading the Bible after dinner last year, and it has been such a blessing to our family!

  5. The kids loved the sacrifice beans last year!

  6. We have done the Jesus Cross from Catholic Sprouts which has been enjoyable :) The kids and I have also been saying the chaplet 3 which has been a great way to recenter our day before the witching hours!

  7. We've been using many of the wonderful Lenten resources from!

  8. This year we are using the book Bringing Lent Home with John Paul Ii. It’s a daily devotional which is wonderful.

  9. Night prayer (LOTH) . We started one lent and continued the habit.

  10. I've been fasting multiple times a week and making prayer more of a priority.


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