Building Your Domestic Church: Stories

Children are alive with imagination and crave stories. Do families read the Bible together and explore the lives of Jesus and the prophets? Are children familiar with the stories of the saints, who model paths to deepening our relationships with God?

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Here are some suggestions for keeping Scripture front and center in your home:

  • Model the importance of Scripture to your kids by spending time regularly on your own with the Word of God.
  • Enthrone the Bible in your home.
  • Practice Lectio Divina as a family
  • Read Sunday’s Gospel at dinnertime the night before Sunday Mass.
  • Practice a Bible-reading challenge.
  • Help your children learn about Jesus and other prominent biblical stories through illustrated bibles for kids.
  • Teach your children to memorize the Lord’s Prayer and other short scriptural prayers and sayings, such as the Hail Mary or “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”



Ricardo J. Márquez, PhD
Associate Director
Phone: (858) 490-8295
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Janelle Peregoy
Associate Director, Separated and Divorced Ministry
Phone: (858) 490-8292
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Belen M. Olivero-Barnett
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (858) 490-8299
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Deacon Bill Adsit
Mental Health Ministry Coordinator
Phone: (858) 490-8299
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You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.
-- Deuteronomy 6: 5-7