What age range is Cat.Chat At Home VBS designed for?

It’s designed for kids in Kindergarten to 5th grade, but can be enjoyed with the whole family.

 

 

Does the parish pay for a subscription and then send it out to potential VBS families?  What is the cost?

As a special introductory offer to parishes this summer, it is available for a flat fee of only $59. This new At Home VBS experience will be at no cost to your parish families. After your purchase, your parish will send out the initial sign up email to all of your VBS families. After they sign up they will receive the 5 consecutive days of the At Home VBS, which will be sent by Cat.Chat Productions, starting on the start date your parish chose.

 

Can my parish be invoiced rather than ordering online? 

If you prefer using a different payment method, we can invoice your parish (send us an email at ) or call us at 1-866-286-5433.

 

The Easter Triduum was always something we looked forward to as kids. Mom and Dad did a great job of instilling traditions that helped us enter into the spirit of Holy Week and grow in our faith and love for Christ. 

Without the opportunity to attend Masses, you might be looking for ways to make this Easter weekend meaningful for your family. We want to share a few of our Triduum traditions and provide a few free resources that you can do with your kids. 

 

In our home we try to keep Good Friday as a day of silence and prayer, free from electronics and other media. Here are 10 ideas you can do to help keep your kids focused on the meaning of this important day. 

 

Our family was having a lovely meal over the Christmas break, when I surprised everyone at the table and spontaneously popped a question: “If each of you could pick three positive words that would best describe our family, which words would you pick?”  Everyone was silent for a moment, and then Dominic, our oldest son, piped up with an encouraging smile and said: “Way to go, Dad!” Everyone chuckled because it’s usually Denise, my wife, who likes to ask meaningful conversation questions when the family gets together. So, I surprised them all!

We all started brainstorming and reminiscing about what we accomplished as a family, the places we traveled to while performing concerts, the people we met through our Cat.Chat ministry, our humble beginnings when the kids were really young, and some of the trials we walked through together. Each of our kids, including Jacob our son in-law and Catherine our daughter in-law, took their turns and shared words they thought best described our family. 

I started writing the words down on a piece of paper and got excited with the wide range of uplifting words that were being shared. After about ten minutes, we had collected over thirty words. 

 

The past couple of weeks have brought a lot of changes in our day to day life. Self-isolation and social distancing has probably made for a lot more time with your spouse and family. However, not being able to go out can make it hard to plan a romantic night as a couple. Here are a few date ideas to help you create some fun memories with your spouse in your own home. 

 

Toady we celebrate St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church! 

While on one of our concert tours, our family stopped to visit Canada’s largest church, St. Joseph's Oratory. We were all very excited to see and experience all that St. Joseph had accomplished through a humble saint named Andre Bessette. 

 

In Matthew 22, Jesus tells us a parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. Again, he sent other servants saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast. But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business…” 

Christ has a banquet prepared for us, but so often we are too busy with our own affairs. We are consumed by distractions and do not listen to the voice that calls us to the feast.

 

It’s difficult to let go and hand over our worries and concerns to God.  There is no better time than now to pray the Litany of Trust during Lent.

Lent is an excellent opportunity to help kids develop a habit of prayer; an ongoing conversation and friendship with God that is essential to living the Christian life. St. Therese of Lisieux is a great example of how she lived a simple life of prayer. Her ‘little way’ is a lifestyle that we, as well as kids, can certainly learn from. All quotes below are from this beautiful, humble and joy-filled Saint.

 

A huge thank you to everyone who sent in their Christmas Coloring contest picture. We received so many amazing entries and it was hard to choose just one winner from each category. Here are the three top picks! 

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