Creating Catholic Traditions

By Susan Hoefer for Family Foundations magazine. In the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, the father of 5 daughters who are looking to get married, speaks of the importance of tradition.  “Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as—as—as a fiddler—on the roof!”  Given our society’s current infatuation with progress,…

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Everything Beautiful in its Time

Fall and winter are seasons steeped in tradition for my family. It begins when we go on retreat at a Benedictine Monastery, spiritually resetting ourselves. Then school and soccer begin again. Next, we look forward to the Apple Festival, trick-or-treating in our NY hometown, Thanksgiving in Indiana. Then there is a plethora of Advent and…

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Strong Family, Strong Church

In San Francisco, Sean and Christina Sullivan are welcoming their fourth child this fall. She has been affectionately deemed “Baby Schmuffin” by their three girls.  “While slightly unexpected, this pregnancy has brought such joy and excitement to our family,” Sean shared. “Big Sisters (10, 7, and 5) are so excited and kiss Mama’s belly multiple…

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14 Holy Week Traditions for Your Family

We’re just shy of halfway through Lent, but let’s be real: Catholic kids everywhere are mentally on Easter break. There are lots of great Easter activities that celebrate the beauty of spring and the secular side of the season, but what about preparing the hearts and minds of our little ones for the immeasurable spiritual…

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