Ways to Live the Catholic Faith in Your Family

Archdiocese of Dubuque Family Prayer Resources Web Page

June 6 Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 11 - Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 12 - The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

June 20 - Father's Day

June 24 - Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

  • Activity: A Bonfire and Blessing for the Feast of St. John the Baptist
  • Learn more here

Summertime Ideas for Families

Saints of the Month

June 1 – St. Justin Martyr

June 5 – St. Boniface 

June 11 – St. Barnabas

June 13
 – St. Anthony of Padua  

June 21 – St. Aloysius Gonzaga

June 22 – Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More                

June 26 – St. Josemaría Escrivá

June 28 – St. Irenaeus

June 29 – Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Year of St. Joseph

On the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of St. Joseph as "Patron of the Universal Church," Pope Francis has proclaimed a "Year of St. Joseph," with his apostolic letter Patris Corde ("With a Father's Heart"). 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.
Click here for information about the "Novena of 19s" that Archbishop Jackels has asked the faithful of the Archdiocese to pray with him on the 19th of each month during the Year of St. Joseph.

Additional resources can be found here:

Year of the Amoris Laetitia Family

March 19, 2021 (the Feast of St. Joseph) marked the five-year anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on Marriage and Family Life entitled Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”). To celebrate this anniversary, 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:

Marriage Matters
Archdiocesan Marriage Resources Webpage

Many recommended resources to help you enrich your marriage can be found at this webpage created and updated by the Marriage and Family Life Office.

Parenting Pointers

Archdiocesan Parenting Resources Webpage

Many recommended resources to help Catholic parents can be found at this webpage created and updated by the Marriage and Family Life Office.

  Website Highlight   

Fathers of St. Joseph

The Fathers of St. Joseph show men their ultimate PURPOSE, the PLAN to achieve it, and the POWER God gives by living it. The Fathers of St. Joseph (FOSJ) provide a definable path that reaches men at every spiritual level, helping them unlock God's power in their life. As a FOSJ member, you have access to free products, eBooks, and discounts on programs that men say are transforming their lives. Learn more and sign up here.

Book of the Month

Show Us the Father
7 Secrets to Be a Father on Earth Like the Father in Heaven

by Devin Schadt

What would happen if every father discovered his true identity, power, and necessity?

A father’s mission is to be a link between heaven and earth, between God and His children. He does this by becoming the voice of the Father that his children cannot hear, the face of the Father that his children cannot see, and the touch of the Father that his children cannot feel. This is his mission, his challenge, and his call to glory.

Show Us the Father contains the battle plan for living out this call, offering seven keys to becoming the father that God has created and destined you to be. It is time for fathers to enter this battle, fully armed, with the bold commitment to sacrifice themselves for their wives, children, and the future of humanity by becoming like St. Joseph, a father on earth like the Father in heaven.

  • Purchase this book here.

Movie Pick

The Chosen
Season Two

The Chosen is the first-ever multi-season series about the life of Jesus. Created outside of the Hollywood system, The Chosen allows us to see Jesus through the eyes of those who knew Him. No matter where you are in your journey with Jesus Christ, this series is for you!

Season Two is currently in production. All of Season One (8 episodes), and the first few episodes of Season Two are available for viewing here. These episodes are also available at no cost on The Chosen App: Download for iOS or Android.

Additional information and video clips can be found here.

  • Season One is available to sign out from the Education Resource Center (#DV 31698).
  • Purchase a DVD of Season One here

Interest in Pinterest

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

Check out these June Pinterest topics focused on the family - the Domestic Church!
All Are Welcome
Embracing Inclusion Conference: FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa
Tuesday, August 10    8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

The FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa is please to present an inclusive education conference for principals, teachers, faith formation leaders, catechists, and parents who are committed to creating and strengthening K-12 inclusive learning opportunities. Cost is $35 (+ tax) for Parents and $60 (+ tax) for Teachers and Faith Formation Leaders. Learn more about this event and register
HERE. Registration deadline is July 8, 2021.

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 the parish receiving the award, with the parish pastor or a representative accepting the award at the end of Mass.
The nomination form can be found HERE. Nominations will be accepted through August 1.

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

A Prayer for Father's Day

God our Father,
You govern and protect your people
and shepherd them with a father’s love.
You place a father in a family
as a sign of your love, care,
and constant protection.
May fathers everywhere be faithful
to the example shown in the Scriptures:
steadfast in love, forgiving transgressions,
sustaining the family,
caring for those in need.
Give your wisdom to fathers,
that they may encourage and guide their children.
Keep them healthy
so they may support a family.
Guide every father
with the Spirit of your love,
that they may grow in holiness
and draw their family ever closer to you.


Upcoming Events

Natural Family Planning (NFP) Virtual Summit
Sunday, July 25, 2021

In order to celebrate Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week, which is July 25th-31st, the Archdiocese of Dubuque will host a NFP Virtual Summit to help people learn about what NFP is and why it is beneficial. This virtual event will include a keynote talk by Archbishop Jackels, breakout session talks by local experts and married couples, opportunities to network and ask questions, and more. The Virtual Summit will take place via Zoom on Sunday, July 25th from 2:30-4:30 PM. There is no charge to participate, but you must register 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 Associate:
Lynne Chapman
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