Resources For Families & Teens

Theologian Werner Jeanrond calls family the “first among the institutions of love”, the source of our greatest joys, as well as our greatest challenges.

Families face unique challenges and stresses, as well as opportunities to grow, in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The Family and Teen Faith (FTF) Ministry is committed to supporting families with children between the ages of 3-25, as they face these challenges and stresses by providing practical, vetted, and timely resources and/or direct assistance. These resources, developed as needed to address the needs raised by parents and their children/teens, take many forms, We will also provide resources to help families grow deeper in their love for each other and create family traditions to support the new and on-going evolution of their family identity.

We offer the following resources to help families meet the new challenges they face and unique opportunities to strengthen the bonds they share.

Dedicated office hours hosted by various FTF staff members via Zoom

  • Courtney Smola –
  • Laura Ferlita –
  • Peg Hanrahan – Weekly on Thurs @ 4 pm Meeting ID: 787-7816-1036 Password: DrPeg

Family Faith Facebook group – Updated daily during COVID-19
http://www.facebook.com/groups/familyandteenfaith

Weekly newsletter chock full of a wide range of vetted resources for Families with children of all ages.

April 26th – May 2nd
April 19th- 25th
April 12th – 19th
March 29th-April 5th

Children’s Liturgy of the Word – An interactive service for kids 5-11 years of age, hosted on Zoom by  Fr. Terry and Dr. Peg, Sundays at 11 am. Zoom link: 
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/647030124?pwd=VFVDZ1lRU25Wb1FDRzQ0ZXlyUlR5Zz09

Join Us For Sunday Morning Mass: Mass can be found on the website Home Page or by CLICKING HERE

  • Instagram – @holyfamily.teenfaith – Follow our Instagram account for uplifting posts, tips/suggestions, and announcements to virtual events we’re hosting.

  • Wednesday 8pm Meditations– Live via Instagram Stories, join Grant Guthrie for a short guided meditation and prayer.

  • Thursdays 8pm “What’s on your Mind” via Zoom – Conversation with Amy Hodson and Greg Kaldahl on questions submitted by the teens. Last night we covered “Why would God make us go through a Pandemic?” Here are the notes from last night: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HPdD-XIs41hJRi5gIX1ZihtV72sJ_oJLLN0cEUzprrE/edit?usp=sharing

    Next week we’ll be discussing God’s Will vs our will and things we can be doing to strengthen our faith during this isolation period. (In addition to any others that might be submitted)

What’s on your Mind Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/346224216

  • Virtual Drop-In Nights – We’re working to bring your teens a virtual version of our bimonthly Drop In Nights. These will take place via Zoom and will happen on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7pm. Look for future emails in regards to activities planned for these evenings. Drop In Night Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/868593865
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Several short simple prayer experiences families can do at home. Step- by-step instructions provided along with links for music, short reflection videos and downloadable scripture texts.

  • Praying with the Scriptures
  • Ritual prayers with basic Catholic symbols
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Family Rosary
  • Blessing Prayers
  • Guided Meditations
  • Family May Crowning