Governor Baker Proclaims March 20 Fresh Air Fund Day

In recognition of The Fresh Air Fund’s 141st  summer of bringing together New York City children and volunteer host families in Massachusetts, Governor Baker has proclaimed March 20th “FRESH AIR FUND DAY.” This summer, The Fresh Air Fund will once again allow thousands of boys and girls to enjoy the simple joys of summertime!

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Study Finds Parents are as Addicted to Devices as Children


Students at St. Joseph Academy in Brownsville, Texas, check their smartphones during lunch May 3. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Dec 7 2016 – 11:07am | Mark Pattison – Catholic News Service

For adults complaining about America’s youth being saturated in media usage, it appears the apple hasn’t fallen far from the iPad.

Parents spend more than nine hours a day with screen media, and the vast majority of that time is spent with personal screen media, according to a study issued on Dec. 6 by Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based organization that has long been tracking children’s media usage.

Even so, according to the study, 78 percent of parents believe they are good media and technology role models for their children. Continue Reading







At Home with Faith

A family-focused approach to religious education
Dec 7 2016 – 4:46pm | Randy Young America Magazine Online

Many parents are familiar with the ritual of dropping kids off at parish curbsides once a week for religion class and retrieving them an hour later. This system of education for educating children who do not attend Catholic school is widely accepted. But is this the best way to educate our children in the faith? Many young adults who have completed their catechesis now find themselves disconnected from the church. How can religious education help lay the groundwork for a more lasting faith? Continue Reading Here


How do you prepare for Advent?

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Advent wreaths, lighting candles, daily reflections, prayer, nativity scenes, celebrations of saints days, going to mass…..Comment below on how you prepare for Advent!

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Wyldlife for Middle Schoolers-coming to Gloucester! September 17, 2016

Wyldlife is a division of Young Life

A new Wyldlife group is beginning at the Gloucester YMCA on Saturday, September 17 at 8:00pm immediately following Teen Night at the Y.

Teen night runs from 6-8pm, September 17.

About  WyldLife

In WyldLife, we love middle school kids! They are full of life and yet experiencing profound emotional and physical changes.Middle school is a time when kids make important decisions about who they are and what they believe. And so WyldLife leaders — who range from spiritually mature high school and college students to moms, dads and retirees — consider it a privilege to be involved in their lives. We seek to model and express God’s love to our young friends by learning their names, hearing their stories and honoring their God-given desire for a life of fun, adventure and purpose.

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Contact Rachel Safer for more information at (614) 440-6734

Pope Francis’ Advice for College Students

Pope Francis gives a thumbs up as he leaves his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 4. (CNS photo/Gaby Maniscalco)

Francis to Freshmen -This Pope has a reputation for saying surprising things. Remember when he found common ground between Christians and atheists? Then there was the time he told a newly-married graduate student not to worry “if the dishes fly.” Sometimes his advice is like talking to your favorite grandpa and other times he really rocks the boat. We’ve been offering advice to college freshmen for more than a decade, so as our new edition of The Freshman Survival Guide hits the shelves we wondered if any of the Holy Father’s advice applies to new college students. Not surprisingly, the answer is a big fat YES. Even though he jokes that he’s “from the stone age,” his advice to young people is surprisingly relevant. Here are seven tips from Pope Francis for those beginning the college journey.

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