Coronavirus Resources for Families
In these situations, the family can discover, together with the Christian community, new approaches, new ways of acting, a different way of understanding and identifying with others....
(Amoris Laetitia 47)
In the current climate of COVID-19 and the shift in ways we must operate as Church, the OEEC wants to assure families that we are prepared to assist in providing resources and support. While it can be challenging to provide faith formation and sacramental preparation of any kind at home, the wisdom of the Church has always been that the "domestic Church" (that is, your home) is the front lines of growing Christian disciples.
On this page, please find some resources for use with children, teens, and whole families that can be accessed digitally or virtually:
For parents specifically:
- *New* Religious Education eLearning Help for Parents During the Coronavirus Crisis
- Joe Paprocki offers 10 Tips for Teaching Religion Lessons to Your Children at Home on the Catechist’s Journey webpage.
- Faith Catholic has prepared "Homeschooling 101 for the Non-Homeschooling Parent."
- The NCEA prepared a webinar on Transitioning to Distance Learning for Parents.
- Religious Education E-Learning Help for Parents During the Coronavirus Pandemic from the Religion Teacher
- Couples who are home together can take Dynamic Catholic’s Better Together Marriage Enrichment Inventory, supplemented by videos with tips and wisdom from great speakers.
For children/teens specifically:
- “Blessed” series of cartoon videos to help children get to know Jesus, from Dynamic Catholic
- Loyola Press’ Catholic Kids section includes prayers and crafts for kids
- Magnificat’s MagnifiKid! weekly Sunday missalette booklets for children ages 6-12 are available to supplement watching Mass at home
- My Catholic Kids has made their children’s video library and ultimate Catholic activities freely accessible
- Pflaum’s “Living Faith Kids” resource for children is free to access this month
- Tiny Saints is offering free activities and printables for use with young families.
- CatholicIcing provides Catholic crafts for kids all year long, and has a robust offering of Lenten resources, remote learning tools, etc.
- Loyola Press’ Catholic Teens page includes resources on Catholic teachings, making moral choices, religious art, sacraments, scripture, and social justice.
- McGrath Institute has developed a Discerning Your Spiritual Gifts toolkit, using the lives of the saints for a guided reflection and activity.
- Teaching The Saints is a monthly workbook from the McGrath Institute that highlights the unique ways God calls Catholic youth to use their gifts to serve the Church and world.
- “Fasting, giving, praying: 25+ ideas for what kids & teens can do for Lent” from TeachingCatholicKids.com
- Praying at Home With Your Children is a simple, easy to use packet developed by Sarah Christopher, a catechist and Catholic school teacher in the Archdiocese of Hartford.
- Celebrating Mass at Home is a one page guide to help you attend Mass virtually during these days of social distancing.
- 52 Sundays, a resource to sanctify your Sundays as a family, is now accessible via weekly emails or digital download
- The Catholic Apostolate Center’s Marriage and Family Resource hub includes podcasts, blogs, and webinars in the spirit of Amoris Laetitia.
- Loyola Press’ Family, Faith, and Fun section includes family activities, mealtime resources, inspiration in daily life, and how to talk to kids about faith.
- RCL Benziger has a page full of free downloadable activities, prayers and resources perfect for the Catholic home. This link includes activities for Lent and Easter.
- Loyola Press’ Praying as a Family collection includes prayers for families to use.
- Loyola Press offers parents a guide to reading Scripture with your family in English and en Espanol.
- Faith Catholic has developed a resource sheet for Celebrating Holy Week At Home.
- Check out Busted Halo for videos, blogs, and other resources which can help you grow in faith as a family.
- Holy Week At Home: Adaptations of the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday Rituals for Family and Household Prayer from Liturgy Training Publications
Looking for more resources to use during this time of at-home and virtual formation?
Click the links below for resources for:
Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis
Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Initiatives