Ways to Live the Catholic Faith in Your Family

Archdiocese of Dubuque Family Prayer Resources Web Page

May is the Month of Mary
For more than 300 years, Catholics have designated May to be the month of Mary, a special time to honor the mother of Jesus for her gift to the world. The tradition developed out of customs dating back to medieval times, when May was a time of devotions in honor of the cross and the new life it brings. Read more about celebrating Mary during the month of May.

Resources and Ideas for Honoring Mary: 

May 9 - Mother's Day

May 13 - Our Lady of Fatima

May 16 - Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

May 23 - Pentecost Sunday

May 24 - Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church

  • Learn more about this Memorial feast day
  • Additional information here

May 30 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

May 31 - The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

May 31 - Memorial Day

Celebrating the Easter Season

Additional Resources

Saints of the Month

May 1 – St. Joseph the Worker
Patron of all workers and laborers
Additional information click here.

May 3 – St. James the Lesser  
Patron of pharmacists

May 3 – St. Philip the Apostle
Patron of pastry chefs, hatters and milliners

May 14 – St. Matthias
Patron of people who need hope, alcoholics, and carpenters

May 15 – St. Isidore the Laborer
Patron of farmers

May 15 – St. Dymphna    
Patron of persons with mental illness  
Additional information about 
St. Dymphna

May 26 – St. Philip Neri
Patron of joy

May 30 – St. Joan of Arc
Patroness of soldiers and those who
need protection


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.
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"
Diocese of Charlotte: Monthly themes, prayers, and activities

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:
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

CathFamily is a website dedicated to assisting families in making the home the living heart of the Church. This innovative Catholic resource library for raising children in the faith offers practical faith experiences for your children by collecting both traditional and contemporary rituals that Catholic families can adapt into their own family rituals. The site offers family activities, articles, prayers, a blog for parents, lots of resources and more! The website is free, and new content is always being added. Sign up for their weekly eNews, delivered straight to your inbox, which provides an easy way for parents to locate seasonal topics that follow the liturgical year. Use these resources to help find ways to make your home a living domestic church!

Book of the Month
Discernment of Spirits in Marriage:
Ignatian Wisdom for Husbands and Wives
by Fr. Timothy Gallagher

To navigate the inevitable ups and downs of our spiritual lives, countless souls have found comfort and guidance in St. Ignatius of Loyola's Rules for Discernment. Fr. Timothy Gallagher makes St. Ignatius's Rules understandable and applicable with a more focused mission: to help you apply these rules to your role as a husband or a wife.

In Discernment of Spirits in Marriage, Fr. Gallagher aims to free you from discouragement and assist you in finding peace in your spiritual life and in your marriage. He will help you determine what is of God and what is not and will show you how the enemy works to discourage you in your daily spousal interactions in order to undermine both your spiritual growth and your marital bond. Best of all, you ll learn what to do about it!

With St. Ignatius and Fr. Gallagher as your guides, you'll learn how to identify and remove spiritually harmful habits; the eleven forms of spiritual desolation and the four things you must do to combat it; why God permits spiritual dryness; the easiest way to resist temptation; your marriage's most vulnerable place and how to strengthen it; the four tactics of the enemy and the grace-filled responses you can offer to each; the five ways in which God strengthens husbands and wives who seek to grow spiritually, and more!  (from

  • Purchase this book here.
  • This book is available to sign out from the Education Resource Center (#BK 241509)

Movie Pick

Joseph of Nazareth
The Story of the Man Closest to Christ

The first feature film ever on the story of St. Joseph - carpenter, husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us that St. Joseph was a "just man", and that God gave him the most daunting task ever asked of a man - to be the husband of the woman who would give birth to the Messiah, and the father and protector of this Holy Family, the man closest to Christ.

This movie shows the human, noble and the deeply spiritual aspects of Joseph the carpenter, son of David, servant of God and loving husband of Mary. He is presented as a man of faith who has to grapple greatly with the profound mysteries of the divine conception, virgin birth and the Incarnation of the Son of God, and the incredible challenges of protecting and raising Jesus amidst the threats on his life from the moment of His birth and beyond. This film presents beautiful vignettes of powerful scenes in the life of the young Christ and the Holy Family that are authentic and inspiring. (from

  • This movie is available to sign out from the Education Resource Center (#DV 30524).
  • Purchase a DVD of this movie here or here. (Includes a 16-page Collector's Booklet as well as a special documentary film on St. Joseph.)
  • This movie is also available for those with a subscription to FORMED.

Interest in Pinterest

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

Check out these May 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.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
It is essential for all of us to welcome persons with mental illness by reaching out to them and their family members. Following are things that your family and all members of the community of faith can do to give hope to those who live with mental illness:
  • Prayer: We show our care and support through prayers that include the concerns of persons with mental illness, their families and those who care for them. Prayer resources for Mental Health Month are available here
  • Bring Awareness: Many of your friends, family members, and co-workers will have a form of mental illness at some time in their lives. Check out the newest resources from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) regarding mental illness.
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 Blessing for Mother's Day

Father, we give you thanks for the many gifts you have given us;
the gift of life, the gift of those who love us.
We thank you today for the gift of our mothers.
We give thanks for our mothers who have died
and for the unique way they have revealed for us your love.
We ask that you bless them and keep them in your care
until the time comes for us to join them in your Kingdom.
We ask your blessing upon the mothers
who are unable to be with us here today.
May they know how much we love and care for them.
We pray for birth mothers who have loved their children so much 
they have shared the gift of their child with those who could 
better care for them and their needs, and give them a secure home.
And we pray for adoptive mothers, that they may always know 
their special role of being a true mother, 
a revelation of God’s love for their children.
We ask your blessing upon mothers who have lost children
through stillbirth, crib death, accident and tragedy, war and violence
that they may have your continuing strength and courage.
We ask your blessing too, upon those who would very much
like to be mothers but who are having trouble having a child.

We ask your blessing upon all mothers and mother-figures in our lives.
Give them the strength to live the 
faithful and loving lives you call them to live.
Protect and guide them. Keep them in your care.
We ask this blessing in the name of Jesus, our Lord.

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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