From Theology of Home:
Why is celebrating the liturgical year of particular importance for you and your family?
TIERNEY: As our family started to grow, the husband and I made the decision to actively promote a family culture. We knew we wanted to make demands of ourselves and our kids that were far beyond current cultural norms as far as morals, sacrifice, service, obedience, etc. But we realized that JUST expectations and demands were an incomplete picture of what Catholicism really is. It's also joy and feasts and hilariously macabre patron saints. It is our hope that by equipping our children with both sides of our faith, it will be such a part of themselves and their days that they won't ever leave it.
One of the reasons why we're excited to be hosting Kendra Tierney at this year's Conference is all the great resources she provides for helping us to bring the liturgical year into our families.
First up is her comprehensive book, published a little over a year ago, on the topic:
If you've been wondering how to bring the rich traditions of the Catholic Church's liturgical year into your home and into your family, this is the book for you. If you have no idea what the liturgical calendar is, this still might be the book for you, if you are looking for ways to bring your faith home from Sunday Mass, in every season, all year long.
Catholic blogger and mother of many, Kendra Tierney shares how her family incorporates traditional Catholic practices into today's family life throughout the Church year—from Advent and Christmas, through Lent and Easter, to Pentecost and beyond. She provides ideas for stories, decorations, activities, and foods that will help you to celebrate your Catholic faith with your family and friends without expertise or much advance planning. She also offers tips and tricks from her fifteen years in the Catholic mommy trenches on things like surviving bringing young children to Mass and saying a family Rosary.
Whether you're a convert or a revert, an expert theologian or a brand-new Catholic, a member of a big family or a little one, a stay-at-home or a working parent, you're sure to find ways to make your Catholic faith a memorable and meaningful part of your busy family life. And have fun doing it!
This book is fantastic and I 100% recommend it! It is worth the price even if you never plan to make a liturgically appropriate meal ever. I have learned so much about the church and the liturgical year, not to mention the stories of so many wonderful saints. I can't recommend this book enough.
I love how this book is allowing us to live our faith more intentionally and to create precious memories with our 4 little ones .
At this point in the year, this was the best nonfiction book that I read! It was informative and entertaining. I felt like I was having a conversation with the author as she was going through the liturgical year.
I purposefully read this book over the course of a year so I could soak up all of Kendra’s teachings and suggestions in “real time”, starting with the New Year of our Catholic faith, Advent. Even though I am a cradle Catholic (born into the faith), there were many things I learned while reading this compendium. But most importantly, it inspired me to “bring the faith home” in our daily lives as a family.