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Keeping Summertime Catholic  

Dear Boys And Girls - Our Lady's Advice for a Faithful Summertime

Rules of the Road from the Vatican

 

On Vacation: Finding God Wherever You Go

Mass Times - Shrines to Visit - Ideas for Prayer

12 Easy Ways to Find Time to BE Catholic This Summer

Making Time to Pray is Easier Than You Think

Our Lady's Advice: Dear Boys and Girls have fun this summer but remember these things ~

It's not likely that any of us receive that admonishment offered on the holy card at the right.  This wonderful holy card from the pre-Conciliar era spoke to children in a time when life was slower and so much simpler.  Catholic school children who received this card, perhaps on the last day of school before summer vacation probably didn't need too many reminders about what was expected of them as Catholic children.

The advice on the back of the card is as valid as the day it was printed - and perhaps needed more now than ever before. 

For many Catholics, summertime offers a much needed respite from a too-hurried way of life that we've come to accept as "normal" - one  that often prevents us from setting aside as much time for our faith as we would prefer.

Others may go off to camp and parents need to be vigilant to ensure that children are able to attend Mass.

Grown ups, too, find a break from the office or other workplace, if only for a week or two. Whether you live in the city, the country, by the sea like we do, or in the mountains, summer offers many opportunities to renew your faith.

We hope you'll enjoy this section of our website and invite you to submit your ideas for celebrating a Catholic Summertime.

From the Vatican

In Time for Summer Travel:

 

10 Rules for the Road

 

1. You shall not kill.

 

2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.

 

3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.

 

4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.

 

5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.

6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.

 

7. Support the families of accident victims.

 

8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.

 

9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.

 

10. Feel responsible towards others.

 

Entire document here

 

 

The hot sun 

Snarled traffic.

Whining over-tired children

Drivers who cut you off

It's enough to send even

a Saint over the edge

 

May we suggest:

The One Minute Rosary

 

The Saint Benedict Rosary

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The Irish Penitential Rosary

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Catholic Parent Know-How

 Faith-Filled Summer Activities

Catholic Parent Know-How - Faith-Filled Summer Activities

 

St. Patrick’s Summer

A book your children won't forget

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