New Beginnings

New Beginnings

It’s been a season of new beginnings in our household: new jobs, graduations, and engagement announcements. My house hasn’t seen this type of change in some time. It’s both an exciting time (filled with hope for the future) and a foreboding time (filled with “What if’s?” and uncertainty).

Change is never easy for me, and I’d venture to guess that’s true at some level for everyone. It’s hard to move from the known and comfortable into the unknown. Children experience this every year to a degree as they transition into a new school year. For some, it means a new school, new responsibilities and obligations, new faces. For all, it means letting go of summer and forging ahead into new challenges to grow in wisdom and knowledge.

I and other parents are grateful for the religious education that starts up at this time. With the increasing busyness of life, sometimes we forget this essential piece of our children’s upbringing. One often hears parents wondering what they can do to “keep their kids Catholic.” In a culture that can often be against faith, it’s wise for parents to have a strategy and implement practical principles and actions over the course of a child’s life.

On August 29 at 7:30 pm EST (4:30 pm PST), Franciscan Media will webcast a “Live Event” designed to help you gain an understanding of what you as a parent can do to “Keep Kids Catholic.” Colleen Gerke, director of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Family and Respect Life Office, and Sean Reynolds, director of the Archdiocese’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry, will be here to apply their expertise and advice to this issue. You’ll walk away with a solid idea of how you can answer the question, “How Can I Keep My Kids Catholic?” You’ll be able to address questions to our experts and receive real insight into this important topic. The Live Event is free, but requires your registration at

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About the Author

Matt is the manager of the Media Production Department at Franciscan Media. He serves as executive producer on all audio and video products produced.