Ways to Live the Catholic Faith in Your Family

Archdiocese of Dubuque Family Prayer Resources Web Page

July 25World Day for Grandparents and Elderly
Pope Francis has established the 4th Sunday of July each year as theWorld Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.” It will take place on Sunday, July 25th this year. With the theme, "I Am With You Always," the day draws attention to the vital role grandparents and the elderly play in our communities and in the mission of the Church. Download the "Prayer of an Aging Disciple" Packet from Catechist's Journey. Resources and opportunities for ministering to grandparents, including a blessing of grandparents that could be used at Masses that weekend, can be found here:

August 6 - Transfiguration of the Lord

August 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 22 - Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Bishop Barron speaks about the Queenship of Mary (video) 
  • Learn more here.

At-Home Activities for Summer Faith (from Loyola Press/Catechist's Journey)

End-of-Summer Ideas for Families
Saints of the Month

August 1St. Alphonsus Liguori

Learn more here

August 4: St. John Vianney
     Learn more about St. John Vianney here

August 8St. Dominic
    Learn more here
    St. Dominic and the Rosary

August 9St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)
     Learn more here

August 11St. Clare
     Learn more here

August 14St. Maximilian Kolbe
9 Things to Know
St. Maximilian Kolbe Prayers
Watch this video

August 24 - St. Bartholomew, Apostle
     Learn more here

August 25 – St. Joseph Calasanz
     Patron of Catholic Schools
     Learn more here.

August 27 – St. Monica

August 28 – St. Augustine

Year of St. Joseph

During this year, the pope invites us to:
          * increase our love for St. Joseph.
          * implore his intercession.
          * imitate his virtues and zeal.

Click here for resources from the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

Additional resources can be found here:
United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Prayers, Videos, Consecration to St. Joseph
Loyola Press: Prayers, activities, reflections, and more!
Our Sunday Visitor: "The Year of St. Joseph"

Year of the Amoris Laetitia Family

Pope Francis has declared a Year of the Amoris Laetitia Family from March 19, 2021 through June 26, 2022 when the World Meeting of Families will take place in Rome. Learn more about this year, read a statement by Archbishop Jackels, and find resources for celebrating it, by visiting:
Additional Resources can be found here:
United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): News, events, and resources
Loyola Press: Prayers, videos, parish resources, and more!
Catholic Current: Resources for marriage, parenting, family life, NFP, dating, podcasts, and more!

  Website Highlight

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  • Discover powerful tools and techniques in their popular videos and self-help books.
  • For more personal guidance, learn how their telecounseling practice can help you overcome challenging personal, emotional, or relationship struggles.
  • Find out how their spiritual life coaching services can help you lead a more grace-filled life. 
  • Not sure what would be best for you? Click HERE to find the best help for your situation!

Marriage Matters
Covenant of Love Marriage Mentors

Covenant of Love Marriage Mentors
Trained Covenant of Love marriage mentor couples are available throughout the Archdiocese of Dubuque to help married couples achieve relationship goals with support, information, and guidance. This process is effective for restoring and strengthening marriages in which both spouses are open to following God’s plan for marriage and putting into place the practical tools provided. Whether newlyweds or married for fifty years, and whether on the brink of divorce or just wanting to grow deeper in a relatively good marriage, this mentoring process can provide couples with guidance for strengthening and sustaining their marriage. More information and registration for couples interested in being paired with a mentor couple is available at

Book of the Month

Parenting Your Kids with Grace

Birth to Age 10
by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

Being a parent is tough work. Trying to raise faithful kids, teens, and tweens can seem like an impossible mission. Today’s Catholic parents need access to the best tools and most up-to-date research to help them fully cooperate with God’s grace. These books can help you to experience family life as the key to becoming the person God created you to be!

In Parenting Your Kids with Grace, Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak guide parents through each stage of child development, from birth to age 10.
By integrating the Church’s vision for family life with what science can teach about living out that vision in healthy, ways, you can feel confidence that you have what it takes to raise great, godly kids.
  • Purchase this book here.
  • This book is available for sign-out from the Education Resource Center (#BK 241545)
Parenting Your Teens and Tweens with Grace
Ages 11 - 18
by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak

In Parenting Your Teens and Tweens with Grace, Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak draw on
the same parenting principles and provide up-to-date research to guide parents on how to raise preteens and teenagers with grace and joy.

You can experience family life as the key to helping your teen/tween to become the person God created them to be! Feel confident that you have what it takes to raise great, godly teens and tweens.
  • Purchase this book here.
  • This book is available for sign-out from the Education Resource Center (#BK 241557)

Movie Pick

Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz

Arrested by the Gestapo and sent to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, a priest comes forward to take the place of a fellow prisoner condemned to die in the starvation bunker. Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s riveting true story comes to life in this powerful one-man film performance, enhanced with chilling WWII documentary footage. The dramatic struggle between good and evil is poignantly accentuated as actor Leonardo Defilippis switches effortlessly between portraying Maximilian and his Nazi persecutors. Through it all we witness his trust in Mary, the Mother of God, permeating his every action.

With its message of standing firm in the face of persecution, Maximilian has special significance for our time.

Suitable for ages 10 and up.

  • This movie is available to sign out from the Education Resource Center.
  • Watch the movie trailer here.
  • Purchase a DVD of this movie here
  • The movie is available for streaming with subscription to

Interest in Pinterest

August Pinterest Highlights for Families
from the Archdiocesan Education Resource Center:

Check out these August Pinterest topics focused on the family - the Domestic Church!
All Are Welcome
Nominate Your Parish/School for the Inclusion Award
Any Parish/School/College in the archdiocese which advocates for inclusivity of persons with disabilities is eligible to receive the Embracing Inclusion award. Awards will be given for Best Program or Project for fuller inclusive participation in the life of the faithful, and Best Improvement to Property providing greater accessibility. The awards will be presented at the annual Celebration of Life Mass celebrated in October. The nomination form can be found HERE.
Nominations will be accepted through August 1.

Summer Brain Builders
While kids do need a break from school, this doesn’t mean they need a break from learning. For kids with learning disabilities, it’s critical that they engage in activities year-round to help them retain what they’ve worked so hard to achieve. The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) offers some ways to prevent “summer learning loss here.

For additional information and resources for inclusion of persons with diverse abilities, please contact Lynne Chapman at or 563-556-2580, ext. 246.
Prayers and Reflections
Summer Blessing for the Catholic Family

May we make our home a place of relaxation,
joy, love, peace and safety.
May we be generous and considerate,
not thinking only about ourselves,
but helping others to enjoy the blessings of summertime.
Lord God, Creator of all things,
guide our steps and strengthen our hearts
during these months of summer and vacation days.
Grant us refreshment of mind and body.
May we constantly strive to make a meaningful difference
in the lives of our loved ones and in the world around us
as we enjoy the warm days of summertime.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Upcoming Events

Natural Family Planning Virtual Summit
In celebration of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, which is July 25-31, the Archdiocese of Dubuque will host a NFP Virtual Summit for anyone who would like to learn about what NFP is and why it is beneficial. The event will take place via Zoom on Sunday, July 25th from 2:30-4:30 PM and includes a keynote talk by Archbishop Jackels, breakout session talks by local experts and married couples, opportunities to network and ask questions, and more. Please register for this FREE virtual event at:

Archdiocese of Dubuque
Marriage & Family Life Office

1229 Mt. Loretta Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52003
(563) 556-2580, x233
Marriage & Family Life Director: 
Matt Selby

Marriage & Family Life Communications Manager:
Lynne Chapman
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