Ways to Live the Catholic Faith in Your Family

Archdiocese of Dubuque Family Prayer Resources Web Page

Five "Marks" of a Catholic Family (by Dr. Gregory Popcak):

  • Catholic Families Worship Together
  • Catholic Families Pray Together
  • Catholic Families are Called to Intimacy
  • Catholic Families Put Family First
  • The Catholic Family Is a Witness and Sign

Try these Ten November Activities for Catholic Families to spend precious creative moments with your children.

November 1 - All Saints Day

November 2 - Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

  • Pray for the Faithful Departed during the month of November
  • Take your family to a cemetery to pray for the Faithful Departed on All Souls Day or sometime in November. Learn about the connected indulgence here.

November 7-13 - Vocations Awareness Week

November 9 - Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

  • Learn about this feast day celebrating the dedication of the oldest and highest ranking of the four major basilicas in Rome.
  • Reflect on how the scriptures for this Mass honor the feast day

November 21 - Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Learn more about the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the temple by clicking here.

November 21 - Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

November 25 - Thanksgiving Day

November 28 - First Sunday of Advent

A New Liturgical Year!

Saints of the Month

November 5 St. Elizabeth,
Mother of John the Baptist

  • Learn more about St. Elizabeth here.

November 10 – Pope St. Leo the Great

November 11 - St. Martin of Tours

November 13 - St. Frances Xavier Cabrini

  • Learn more about St. Frances Xavier Cabrini here.

November 15 – St. Zechariah,
Father of John the Baptist

  • Learn more about St. Zechariah here.

November 22 - St. Cecilia

  • Learn more about St. Cecilia here.

November 23 – 
Pope St. Clement I

  • Learn more about Pope St. Clement here.

November 30 - St. Andrew, the Apostle

Year of St. Joseph

As we continue to celebrate the Year of St. Joseph, the pope invites us to:
          * increase our love for St. Joseph.
          * implore his intercession.
          * imitate his virtues and zeal.

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:

  Website Highlight   

Katie Warner is a full-time Catholic wife and mom whose passion is to share resources, strategies, tips and tools with others who want to live out an active, vibrant faith with those they love. Katie's website offers simple resources for Catholic families to help you grow together, by getting more intentional about your personal and family spiritual life. Equip yourself with great resources to make your faith a more central part of your life. Katie offers her best-selling book titles (see the "Book of the Month" section of this newsletter!), as well as adult books, prayer journals, and other faith resources for families. Katie also offers a short workshop to design your family mission for intentional family life. Check out Katie's website to learn more about her favorite books, products, and resources for faith- and joy-filled family life!

Book of the Month

Lily Lolek: Future Saint

by Katie Warner

Your little one will love the story of this spirited young girl and her bold dreams to become a saint, book and broom in hand. Filled with bright and colorful illustrations, whimsical rhyme, and a powerful lesson, you and your child will want to read this book again and again! 
  • Purchase this book here.
  • This book is available for sign-out from the Education Resource Center (#BK 201602)

Movie Pick

What If...

What if you had a perfect life? What if God had other plans for you?
In this story, a reverse scenario of "It's a Wonderful Life," What If... tells the story of Ben Walker, who fifteen years ago left his life behind, in order to pursue a business opportunity. Now with a high-paying executive gig, a trophy fiancé, and a new Mercedes, he hasn't considered a family nor felt the need to step foot in a church. But God has other plans. When Ben's new car mysteriously breaks down, he is visited by a tow truck driver named Mike, who claims to be an angel sent to show Ben what his life would look like had he followed his true calling. Before he can get back to his old life, Ben must discover the value of faith and family, and perhaps restore his love for those who were heartbroken fifteen years ago: Wendy...and God. What if... is a story of finding your true purpose in life.

  • This movie is available to sign out from the Education Resource Center (#DV 31367).
  • Watch the movie trailer here.
  • Purchase a DVD of this movie here

Interest in Pinterest

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

Check out these November Pinterest topics focused on the family - the Domestic Church!
All Are Welcome
Parish Advocacy for Inclusion Matters!
We encourage you to start discussions at your parish about how you can be more inclusive. Who in your parish could be an advocate for persons with disabilities? If you, or a member of your family, experience disabilities, how might you advocate for inclusive events and experiences? How might you get involved? How is your parish providing for the unique needs of ALL parishioners who experience disabilities as a way of life?

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Family Caregiver's Month.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than five million people of all ages in the United States currently have Alzheimer's Disease. Many families might have grandparents, relatives, or neighbors with Alzheimer's Disease. During the month of November and throughout the entire year, joining in prayer for a cure is something we all can do.
 Learn more about Alzheimer's Disease, and find resources to support family caregivers in your parish and community.

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
Thanksgiving Table Prayer

O Gracious God,
we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us.
Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat
and especially for this feast today.
Thank you for our home and family and friends,
especially for the presence of those gathered here.
Thank you for our health, our work and our play.
Please send help to those who are hungry, alone,
sick, or suffering war and violence.
Open our hearts to your love.
We ask your blessing through Christ your Son

Upcoming Events

2022 Archdiocesan Women's Conference
Beauty in Christ: Holy Women of the Visitation

Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
Mark your parish calendar for this teleconference event, as together we explore the Visitation between Mary and Elizabeth! This year's theme, Holy Women of the Visitation, features two national speakers: Liz Kelly, author of Love like a Saint, and Emily Jaminet, author of The Friendship Project, and more! Talks will be available in English and Spanish. This year's virtual conference enables women to participate from the comfort of their own homes, or to gather in parishes to experience the virtual event together! Group rates will be available. Click here to learn more! Please contact Joanne Pohland with any questions.
2022 Archdiocesan Men’s Conference
Saturday, March 19, 2022  9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Xavier High School, Cedar Rapids (with live-stream available)

Mark your calendar for the 26th Annual Men’s Conference! This conference will be held on the Feast of St. Joseph, and will highlight the example of St. Joseph as a model for all men. The keynote speaker will be Mark Hartfiel, vice-president of Paradisus Dei, a ministry that produces the “That Man is You!” men’s program. The lunch session will be presented by Devin Schadt, the founder of the Fathers of St. Joseph men’s ministry. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Michael Jackels. For more information and registration, please visit

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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