Being a parent in today’s world is challenging. Now, add to that the job of being Catholic parents trying to raise children with Catholic values in a world where such values can be thought of as countercultural, and we’re talking about a major challenge. This is why we, as a Church, must do all we can to support parents in their efforts to make their home a domestic church.
Thankfully, help has arrived in the form of a new book by my friend and ministerial colleague, Julianne Stanz: The Catholic Parents’ Survival Guide: Straight Answers to Your Kids’ Toughest Questions.
This book is perfect for gathering parents for conversation about how to raise their children with Catholic values. Think about hosting small groups of parents in your parish for such conversations, using the book as a resource. This book is also perfect as a gift for all parents of children in the parish religious education program and Catholic school.
Julianne’s book offers an easy-to-use question-and-answer format that not only equips parents and teachers with tools to help explain Catholic beliefs, ethics, morality, and faith practices, but also prepares them on how to deliver this information in a manner that will resonate with children. Julianne addresses many complex questions, such as: Who is God? Who is the Holy Spirit? What happens if you miss Mass? What happens after we die? Does God answer prayers? What will we do in heaven? Do Catholics pray to Mary? Why can’t women become priests?
In addition, each chapter includes key takeaways, notes for reflection, recommended resources, and tips for putting these insights into practice. The Catholic Parents’ Survival Guide gives parents reliable information about the Catholic faith and practical, parent-tested methods for sharing it with children.
Be sure to check out The Catholic Parents’ Survival Guide, and together let’s do all we can to build and strengthen the domestic church!