Ways to Live the Catholic Faith in Your Family

Archdiocese of Dubuque Family Prayer Resources Web Page

July 24, 2022 - World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly
Pope Francis has established the 4th Sunday of July each year as the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. It will take place on Sunday, July 24th this year. With the theme, "In old age they will still bear fruit" (Psalm 92:15), the day draws attention to the vital role grandparents and the elderly play in our communities and in the mission of the Church.

July 26 – Feast Day of Saints Joachim and Anne

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.

August 29 - The Passion of St. John the Baptist

  • The Passion (or beheading) of St. John the Baptist is one of the very oldest liturgical feasts on the Church's calendar. Learn more about this feast day here
  • Learn more about the the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

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, Patron of Mothers
     Prayers to St. Monica for Wayward Children

August 28 – St. Augustine
     Holy Spirit Prayer of St. Augustine

Parenting Pointers

Looking to the Parents of the Saints

The word “discipline” comes from the word “disciple,” which means that we should set an example for our children. So when we read about the lives of different saints, and we see the example that their parents modeled for them, we should realize we have a lot to learn from them. Read this article, written by Allison Auth, to learn more about setting holiness as a goal for our children. To make them holy is God’s job. But we can teach them virtue and show them the way to go by the example of our own lives.
Marriage Matters

Be Present

In family life, especially during the busy summer months, being present in the moment can be a challenge. There are so many distractions that keep us from focusing on the most important relationships in life. Take a look at this one-minute video by Chris Stefanick to be inspired and challenged to "Be Present" with your spouse and children.

  Website Highlight   

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

July 24 - 30, 2022

This year's theme is: "Called to the Joy of Love."
The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love, and responsible parenthood.

Book of the Month

The Catholic Grandparents Handbook
Creative Ways to Show Love, Share Faith, and Have Fun
by Lorene Hanley Duquin

What's the difference between being a grandparent and being a Catholic grandparent? You'll find the answer to this question and much more in The Catholic Grandparents Handbook. This book offers ideas and inspiration on how you can incorporate faith, hope, love, and fun into your relationship with your grandchildren. Topics such as the importance of prayer, sharing faith, passing on family history, and preserving family traditions are explored. You'll also find valuable advice on helping grandchildren through difficult times, dealing with grandchildren who are unchurched, and building strong relationships even when grandchildren live far away. Whether you are an experienced grandparent or awaiting the arrival of your first grandchild, this handbook will support and affirm you as you grow in your role as a Catholic grandparent.       (
  • For more information and to purchase the book, click here
  • This book is available for sign-out from the Education Resource Center: BK #241419.

Movie Pick
Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine

This full-length feature movie on Augustine, uses a historic backdrop to tell the true story of one of the Church's most beloved and well-known Saints. Its message of sin, conversion, and redemption is as timely today as it was in the 5th century of Augustine. It is the story of a gifted man who pursues fame and fortune without a moral compass - and the dramatic changes that occur in his soul when challenging events lead him to see the light of truth. With Augustine, the stories of two other great saints, Monica and Ambrose, are also portrayed. (

  • Watch the movie trailer by clicking here.
  • Purchase a DVD of this movie here.
  • This DVD is available for sign-out from the Education Resource Center: DV #31650.

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!
Embracing Inclusion

Nominate Your Parish/School for the Embracing Inclusion Award
The Embracing Inclusion Award is presented to a Parish, Catholic School, Catholic College or organization in the Archdiocese of Dubuque which advocates for inclusivity of persons with disabilities. Two awards will be presented for: 1) Best Program or Project for fuller inclusive participation in the life of the Catholic faithful, and 2) Best Improvement to Property providing greater accessibility. The awards will be presented to the pastor or a representative in the parish, school, college, or organization receiving the award.
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.

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.
Contact Us
Archdiocese of Dubuque
Children and Family Formation

1229 Mt. Loretta Ave.
Dubuque, IA 52003

Director of
Children and Family Formation

Joanne Pohland
(563) 556-2580, ext. 255
Coordinator of
Children Formation and
Faith Formation Resources

Kim Feldman
(563) 556-2580, ext. 210

Faith Formation Communications Manager
Lynne Chapman
(563) 556-2580, ext. 246
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