Respecting Life and One Another
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Office of Children and Youth for the Archdiocese of Chicago continues its mission by bringing attention to practices that promote heathy child development. Below are some helpful tips about parenting from parents for parents.
THE TEN BEST PARENTING TIPS EVER.
- Establish a daily routine with your child and stick to it as much as possible. Children behave better in a daily, predictable routine.
- Make sure you plan for “me” time. You need some time for yourself and a break from your child.
- Learn to listen—really listen—to what your child is saying.
- Join a parent support group to meet other parents. Knowing other parents for support and advice is important. You’ll find that you’re not alone.
- Speak respectfully to your child just like you would to anyone else. Never call your child harmful names.
- When your anger starts getting out of control, walk away and regain control. It is better to do nothing than to do something you will regret.
- Allow your child to get to know other people and children. If you need to leave your child with someone, the separation anxiety will be easier if he or she is familiar with other people. It is also important that you really know and trust who you leave your child with.
- If your relationship with your spouse/partner is troubled, get help. Parenting is easier when parents (and other adults in the household) get along well and maintain a united front on parenting issues.
- Give your child what he or she needs and what is best for them but not necessarily everything they want.
- Pray with your child often. They will know your support and love.
Getting Ready For Jesus
Our children in 2nd Grade are in their final week of preparation to receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 2nd at St. Joseph's Church. This is certainly an exciting time for them and their family as they come to the table of the Lord to share fully in the sacred meal that puts us in full communion with Christ. Please keep them in your prayers this week. May they always hunger for the bread of Life, and realize that the Jesus is always there to feed us. May we be inspired by their longing for presence of the Lord in their life.
Ministry of Care
Our Ministry of Care program helps us to reach out to our parishioners who are in nursing homes, hospitals and those confined to their own home. Our Ministers of Care will pray with those who are unable to attend our Sunday Eucharist, and will bring Holy Communion to them.
If someone in your family would like a visit from one of our Ministers of Care, please contact either of our parish offices so that we can arrange a visit.
Also, note that our parish is able to pick-up parishioners who cannot drive or walk to church. To arrange for a ride to church on Sunday for Mass in our parish van, please make a reservation with our parish office.
Next Sunday, Judy Valente a retreat leader and author of two collections of poetry will be with us to discuss her new book entitled, Atchinson Blue. Her presentation will take place at 12:00 noon at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, May 3rd. Copies of Atchinson Blue are available after Mass.
Judy Valente covers the religion beat for PBS-TV's national program Religion and Ethics News Weekly. Her reports have also appeared on the New Hour on PBS and on Chicago Public Radio and National Public Radio. She has worked as a news producer for WTTW-Chicago and is a former staff writer for the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, where in 1992 she was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in the feature writing category. She has won nine broadcast awards and was twice nominated for an Emmy.