Global Day of Parents: Salesian Missions highlights educational and social development programs that support parents

01 June 2021 (ANS – New Rochelle) – Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the international community in celebrating Global Day of Parents, which was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. The day, celebrated each year on June 1, honours parents throughout the world and provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents for their commitment to children. This year the U.N. is focused on the role that parents have played during the pandemic. The U.N noted, “As the anchors of the family and the foundation of our communities and societies, parents have the responsibility of sheltering their families from harm, caring for out-of-school children and, at the same time, continuing their work responsibilities. Without support from parents, children’s health, education and emotional well-being is at risk. By introducing family-friendly workplace policies and practices, companies and organizations will be in a better position to promote children’s safety and well-being and provide systematic support to employees.” In their work in more than 130 countries around the globe, Salesian missionaries provide support to the parents of the children in their programs. Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, said, “Supporting...

Parents Of The Saints: The Hidden Heroes Behind Our Favorite Saints

$27.95 Author: Patrick O’Hearn Description Additional Information As parents, helping our children get to Heaven is of the utmost importance. The only other alternative is Hell, and both destinations are for eternity. As we look back through history and study the lives of the Saints, it is oftentimes easy to forget the role that the parents of these holy men and women played in their formation and ultimate salvation. In this book, discover the hidden heroes behind Sts. Faustina, Giana Molla, Josemaría Escrivá, Pope John Paul II, Maximilian Kolbe, Padre Pio, Thérèse, and countless others. Learn how over 100 parents formed their children into great Saints by way of their virtuous lives. There are seven hallmarks we can associate with the success of these saintly parents:  Sacramental Life Surrender Sacrificial love Suffering Simplicity Solitude Sacredness of Life Each chapter of this book examines a particular hallmark in depth. If we want our children to get to Heaven, there are few examples we should pay more attention to than the ones put forth here. The time is now to fulfil our vocations as parents and lead our children down the straight and narrow path to...

St. Joseph’s Lessons on Abstinence & NFP in Marriage

MARCH 24, 2021 St. Joseph’s Lessons on Abstinence & NFP in Marriage MICHELE CHRONISTER Natural Family Planning (or NFP, as it is more commonly called) is a natural, scientifically based method of child-spacing that is effective, morally acceptable, and… hard. Any couple who practices NFP can tell you both stories of how NFP has blessed their marriage as well as stories of how NFP has been a cross at times. Promoting regular communication between spouses and focused on supporting the health of a woman, its benefits are numerous. The harder side of NFP, though, is not unique to couples who practice Natural Family Planning—periods of abstinence. In any marriage (even in marriages not using NFP), periodic abstinence may be required. Abstinence is necessary in the weeks after childbirth, for example. It may also be required when a spouse is ill, or one of them needs to travel for work or the military. Abstinence might be necessary before or after surgery, and it may also need to be practiced during all or part of a woman’s menstruation.  The great lie of contraception is that it can prevent times of abstinence. That is not possible. Abstinence is part of every marriage.  What makes...

Dear Parents: Be Diligent, Be Careful, Be Wise, & Be Holy

  “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck…” So parents, be diligent, be careful, be wise, be holy. And be loving and faith filled, in the fullest sense of these words. Source: Dear Parents: Be Diligent, Be Careful, Be Wise, & Be...

“Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church” by Brandon Vogt

The statistics are troubling: 6.5 people leave the Catholic Church for every one that joins, and 50% of young people who were raised Catholic are no longer Catholic today. Behind these statistics are millions of parents longing for their prodigal children to come home. The passive wait-and-see approach is no longer an option. We need a game plan. We need Return. Source: “Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church” by Brandon...

“Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church” by Brandon Vogt

  The statistics are troubling: 6.5 people leave the Catholic Church for every one that joins, and 50% of young people who were raised Catholic are no longer Catholic today. Behind these statistics are millions of parents longing for their prodigal children to come home. The passive wait-and-see approach is no longer an option. We need a game plan. We need Return. Source: “Return: How to Draw Your Child Back to the Church” by Brandon...