Let’s Bring Back Family Game Night

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While my family was living in Galveston, TX last year, we discovered a pretty nice little cafe named “Board Game Island“.  The food was pretty good, but that isn’t why our kids loved the place.  They served alcohol and coffee, but that isn’t why we liked it.  We loved this place because it provided an opportunity for our family to spend time together playing games.  We could have eaten at restaurants serving great seafood, places with better views ...

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Only the Good Die Young

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Billy Joel wrote a very popular song back in the 70s named Only the Good Die Young. It is a very upbeat and catchy song in which he sings about prayers, rosaries, confirmation and Catholic family life.  The only problem with the song is that the author is not very happy about his encounters with one or more catholic families. Apparently the Catholics he met did not do a very good job of spreading the gospel or ministering to ...

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Wow, that is a long time!

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This past New Year’s Eve, my wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary.  We decided to make it a big deal and so we let our adult children throw us a party to celebrate the joyous event.  They rented a nice hall, brought in our favorite live band, had the event catered, bought a wedding cake, and invited a ton of our family and friends.  It was a very nice evening of fun, fellowship and dancing and a celebration ...

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Happy Feast of the Holy Family 2015

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As is our tradition, each year on the feast of the Holy Family, we publish an article about our ministry, recap the year and look forward to next year and what God may be calling us to accomplish for His glory.  This year is doubly special as Denae and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this New Year’s Eve.

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Pay Attention!

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Raising a Holy Family

The importance of being engaged in family life is key to raising a holy family.  Our goal as parents should be to raise saints, also known as holy people, that will one day make it to heaven.  On a more practical/secular level, we want to raise children that make good moral decisions, make good grades, and lead successful lives.  Like it or not, we as parents are the people who have the most influence over our children.  No one can take ...
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A Place Set Apart for Families

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For the last 4 years, my family and I have driven across the country (23 hours) to attend a week long family camp at Catholic Familyland near Steubenville Ohio. The question I initially asked myself is why and you may be wondering the same thing.  As a Catholic Father, I want to raise my children to be strong in their faith, not only in head knowledge, but in a deep personal relationship with our Lord.  To this end, we are very ...

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Farkle

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Dice You will need:  6 dice, paper and pencil

How to play:  Each player must score 500 points in one turn to ‘get on the board’. If a player ‘farkles’ before reaching 500 their turn is over and they pass the dice to the next player. Once a player has gotten on the board they can quit at any time during their turn, regardless of how many points they score during that turn. Play ...

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A Family that Plays Together…

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A family that plays together… has a lot of fun.  Remember when your kids were young, under age six or so?  Did you play with them, read books to them, spend time with them just doing random things that made them smile and laugh? Fast forward to the adolescent years, how do we continue to cultivate a solid relationship with our teens?  Unfortunately for many families, as our children enter young adulthood, we lose touch with them and gradually grow ...

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A Family that Plays Together…

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In May of 2011, we  hosted a parish dance at St. William Catholic Church in Round Rock, TX featuring L’Angelus.

L’Angelus is a family band that has Cajun and Irish roots.  The musicians are the Rees family’s four oldest children: Katie, 28; Paige, 27; John, 24; and Steve, 23  In addition to the 4 oldest, the Rees family has four younger children.  They are a shining example of a family who is seeking to follow God’s plan for their lives.

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