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Parent Formation

Prayer and Relationship with Christ




Every child is a gift, created to be nurtured in the love of family life. This ministry provides information on age-appropriate behavior, normal development and family dynamics, teaching skills of non-violent discipline, communication, and conflict resolution in family relationships. The Office of Family Life supports parents in their God-given vocation by creating networks to connect with other Catholic mothers and fathers. We provide opportunities to stop, take some moments to be blessed, and draw closer to God.

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Parenting Programs
The Home / Domestic Church
The Ulma Family
additional Resources

Parenting Programs

Becoming a parent is a vocation, a calling from God. When God calls us to raise our children, He gives us grace to do so, and praying about what we do with our children will activate that grace. Since God put us in charge, we parents are the ones who teach children the lessons of life – how to be loved, and how to love others. This takes discipline, and we need to be the ones who teach children how to live in harmony with God, with themselves, and in relation to others. Parents grow spiritually as they grapple with the ins and outs of what to do in each situation. Educating parents in skilled ways to communicate respect, dignity and inherent value to their children is one of the pressing needs of our contemporary church.

Strong Catholic Families

Strong Catholic Families helps church leaders envision how the Catholic Church can more effectively partner with parents to help bring home the faith. Developed by NFCYM in 2005, the program offers a series of diocesan and parish level training, presentations, online and print resources, and Catholic Parent Revivals. Spanish language training (Fortaleciendo Familias en la Fe) and presentations are also available.

Click here to learn more.


“Active Parenting,” for Parents of School-Age Children

Active Parenting Publishers is dedicated to preparing parent educators “every stage, every step,” helping provide you with the best programs for the families you serve.

Contact Elise Mazzetti to start this program in your parish: 646-794-3199.

The Domestic (HOME) Church Life

The Liturgy of Domestic Church Life is an initiative sponsored by the USCCB and developed by Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak, of the Peyton Family Institute. Our traditional model of offering programs to families in our parishes do not work if families are not experiencing Christ at home. How do we develop a family centered around Christ and his personhood, mercy and holiness?

The Rite of Relationship / Attachment

  1. Schedule family time first
  2. Practice extravagant affection and encouragement
  3. Practice prompt, generous, consistent  and cheerful attention to each other’s needs
  4. practice discipleship discipline

Rite of Rituals of Connection – create intentional, daily time to:

  1. Work together
  2. Play together
  3. Talk together
  4. Pray together

Rite of Reaching Out

  1. Serve each other generously
  2. Think of others while being a family
  3. Be a Christian family in the world
  4. Serving the parish/community as a family

The Ulma Family

The Holy Father’s decision to beatify Józef and Wiktoria Ulma and their seven children serves as a reminder for all families that the call to holiness is not exclusive to individuals but a call for families who even within all the daily and sometimes difficult demands of family life can attain. The Ulma family’s beatification reiterates the great value of family life for they exemplified the love of Christ through their valiant act of mercy and remained steadfast to the commandment given by our Lord Jesus Christ, “love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” The family of nine suffered martyrdom by that of Nazis, who discovered that they had given shelter to eight guests that were Jewish. The beatification of the Ulma family marks a historic precedent in the life of the Church as the family’s unborn child, who was born at the time of his mother’s death, and later died was also beatified. The Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life commented, saying the couple “lived their ‘domestic church’ with the sacrament of marriage at the center: openness to life of others in need and of their children.” The polish family’s heroic act of charity towards the Jewish people they housed should encourage other families to live a life of generosity and care and protection of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Click here to learn more about the Ulma Family Relics and Exhibit coming to the Archdiocese of New York.

Prayer for the Intercession of the Ulma Family

Almighty and eternal God,
we thank You for the testimony of the heroic love
of the spouses Józef and Wiktoria with their children,
who gave their lives to save persecuted Jews.

May their prayers and example
support families in Christian life
and help everyone to follow the true path of holiness.

Lord, if it is in accordance with Your will,
kindly grant me the grace … for which I am asking You
through their intercession
and count them among the Blessed.
Through Christ our Lord.


Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory Be…


Official image of the Ulma family by Oleg Chizhovsky

Additional Links


Additional Tools

Catholic Hom Download the “Catholic Hom” app for an online community to support the development of your family’s Domestic Church at home.

Internet Accountability and Filtering can help you fine-tune your approach to protecting your kids online. Receive reports that show how your kids use the internet to spark good discussions. Choose when and how long kids can be online, block mature websites and create specific lists of sites to be blocked. What we do online impacts our lives offline. Learn more.


The following Blessings are available upon request.

Rite for a Blessing of a Child in the Womb: This is a beautiful blessing for the woman and/or family awaiting a new life through birth or adoption. It can be easily incorporated into a Sunday Liturgy, with or without a reception following Mass. Each expectant mother receives an imposition of hands blessing and a medal. Blessing prayers, medals and rites, or suggested procedures are available from this office upon request.

Blessing of Little Children: A beautiful and simple blessing ceremony for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, this is often done at the start of a parish Education for Parenting program, or can stand alone. Ceremony script is available upon request.

Family Enrichment

The Strong Catholic Family Faith website has been created to assist parish and school leaders in finding the best and most relevant content and experiences for developing faith-filled Catholic families.

St. John Paul II gave us a wondrous view of the meaning of our existence, which is to love and be loved, made visible in our human bodies. TOBET “translates” this teaching for children, K-8; in a marriage prep program; and through seminars.

Parent inventories help couples discover their relationship strengths as parents, as well as help identify issues that are threatening the vitality of the family that may need to be addressed.


The Catholic Grandparents Association is a public association of the faithful whose goal is to assist grandparents in passing on the faith to their grandchildren.

Single-Parent Ministry (Women)

Raised in Faith is a Catholic, multi-media single-parent ministry for women, 9 sessions