Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry

By Ann Borden

Our children school’s Mass was rescheduled to a Friday, coincidentally on the Feast Day of St. Padre Pio. As early as Monday, and numerous times during the week, our youngest son begged me to join and sit with him during their school Mass. A previously scheduled 10 o’clock meeting prevented me from joining, and he was visibly upset, especially mentioning that they were celebrating our pastor’s birthday. I kept thinking about his sweet gesture, thoughtfulness and how special and loved he made me feel with his invitation. Read More

The Beauty in Delegating

By Jenny Dendinger

Years ago, as I was drowning in laundry and other household chores, I realized that I’d reached my limit. I needed help. Our family had grown quite a bit over the years, and my responsibilities as a mother kept piling up. With no extra money in the budget for a maid, I prayed for an answer. That’s when I felt God encouraging me to adjust my pride and turn to my family. Read More

Gratitude for God

By Kristy Solis

Back to school and time for school pictures. My daughter came home from school with her school pictures, handed them to me and said, “I do not like my pictures.”

As her mother, I may be biased, nonetheless, the pictures are beautiful. My daughter could not even tell me why she did not like the pictures; she just thought they could be better. Read More

Holy Guardian Angels: Helpers at Our Side

By Lisa Janusa

Is the Holy Guardian Angel prayer just for children? Definitely not! 

As Catholic children, we were taught this simple prayer: 

“Angel of God, my guardian dear,

To whom God’s love commits me here. 

Ever this day, be at my side, 

to light and guard, to rule and guide.” 

This prayer is for all ages. As a mother and grandparent, I have seen and appreciate the gift of the Holy Guardian angels for myself, my children and my grandchildren. 

The Catholic Catechism #336 teaches us of the constant love and protection our guardian angels provide from conception until our final breath. God gives this incredible guardian with heavenly qualities to each human being.  Read More

Be careful what your kids watch

By Kim Roberts

After reading a Facebook post about a new cartoon entitled “Little Demon,” which was billed as a Disney show, I decided I needed to see what all the outrage was about.

While this is not actually a “Disney” show, per se, it falls under the umbrella of companies they own.

It is an adult cartoon about Satan and his daughter, who is the anti-Christ, and her mother.

I fear that messages that bring Satan into our everyday life, like it’s ok to coexist with him, are confusing to children and all together wrong.

Parents need to be vigilant about this type of careless messaging that glorifies Satan.

To Mark the Days and Seasons

By Phillip Garside

As the school year amps up, having multiple children in multiple schools means that multi-tier schedules are reasserting their dominance over our digital calendars.

Society is geared to the individual, not the community. Unchecked, society’s incursion onto our family digital calendar will tear the family in 16 different directions. Our calendars can become overbearing taskmasters when one child is at a sport, another’s aftercare has a shelf life, a third gets an unexpected invite, and one parent has a semi-regular late meeting. Read More

How Can We All Rise to the Occasion

By Ty Salvant

Children do what you do, not what you say.

We have all heard that and understand it to some extent. However, sometimes we forget just how much and what our children observe.

When we eat the bag of cookies, they are watching. When we are unkind to a friend or family member, they are watching. When we binge-watch a series one weekend, they are watching. When we project an unhealthy or unrealistic image of marriage, they are watching. Read More

Returning a Smile

By Charla Misse

I’m a smiler. I smile at people when I am running, driving, shopping …  Basically, if a person is within my vicinity, I am going to smile at them for no reason other than them just being there.

No matter what is happening in my own world, I want to emanate “love.” Read More

Mary, Our Heavenly Mother

By Charlotte Phillips

On Sept. 8, the church celebrated the birthday of Mary. Growing up Catholic, our household said many of Hail Mary’s. And, growing up in a Dominican church and school parish, the rosary was often said at school, too.

As I have gotten older and become a mother myself, my devotion to Mary has shifted from a devotion filled with Hail Mary’s to a true relationship with our heavenly mother. Read More

Safe Environment

By Stacy LaMorte

If you are blessed to get to volunteer at your child’s school in any capacity, did you know that you must go through Safe Environment training through the Archdiocese of New Orleans? It’s a requirement for all adult volunteers, with a renewal every three years. Read More

Miracles are holy whispers from God

By Vivian Marino

Right before school starts is generally when I set aside time to empty out the backpacks from the previous school year. And, yes, I am late to the game.

I throw away notebooks and take out looseleaf from binders, with hopes of salvaging some of the supplies so the kids can reuse them. Read More