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Books on saints, secrets, Mary for your children's summer reading
"Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times" by Meghan Bausch and "Marian Consecration for Children: Bringing Mary to Life in Young Hearts and Minds" by Carrie Gress are among the summer reading suggestions from CNS reviewer Regina Lordan. CNS photos

The following books, all published this year, are suitable for summer reading:

• "The Pope's Cat," by Jon M. Sweeney, illustrated by Roy DeLeon. (62 pp.)

Young lovers of Pope Francis and cats beware: You'll be hooked by this new series that displays the tenderness of an already beloved pope. True to his form of loving all of God's creation, Pope Francis adopts a stray cat who needs a little tender loving care (and a bath) before becoming more comfortable in the papal quarters. 

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

School workshops aim to promote leadership in girls

New research shows that, without positive female role models and active parental intervention, many girls decide they aren’t as smart as boys by the tender age of six.

Studies have shown that girls fail to use their academic skill and believe their voices are not good enough, math is too difficult, engineering is just for boys and that history exists primarily of important men accomplishing great things.

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Parental awareness key when it comes to cybersecurity, St. Paul School parents hear
In a relatively new initiative called “Untapped Potential,” parents in Princeton’s St. Paul School community are being invited to share fellowship and conversation on topics important to their roles as guardians.

Spearheaded by the school’s Catholic Identity Committee, there have been two of these gatherings – Father Gabriel Zeis, diocesan vicar for Catholic education, who spoke Feb. 1 on God’s hand at work in a child’s life; and April 19, when I spoke on “Parenting in the Digital Age,” a daunting task given the weight that social media has in our society at large.
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Monday, May 7, 2018
Education specialist returns to Diocese for youth suicide discussion

Concerned parents gathered April 16 in the library of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, for a “Raising Healthy Teens” presentation led by education specialist George Scott, a licensed marital and family therapist from the Center for Counseling Services, Mercer County.

During the talk, his second in the Diocese in the past four months, Scott discussed how suicide remains the third leading cause of death for New Jersey youth ages 10 to 24.  A similar discussion by Scott was held in St. Gregory the Great Academy, Hamilton Square, in December.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Organization educates parents, teachers, students about online perils
OMAHA, Neb. – More than 83 percent of U.S. children ages 12 to 17 use a popular online social media application, Snapchat, at least monthly. But it’s one of the most unsafe apps they use. More ...
Friday, April 6, 2018
Video games under scrutiny again after Parkland shooting

WASHINGTON – It was only 40 years ago that the video game Space Invaders came onto the scene.

In 1978, video games were few and far between, unless you had some kind of primitive Atari or Intellivision console that you could hook up to your tube TV to play something other than Pong. But Space Invaders set the tone for generations of video games yet to come.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
USCCB's marriage, family website gets fresh, new look
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced its new mobile-responsive ForYourMarriage.org website that includes updated content, graphics and a new section dedicated to marriage and family ministry leaders.  

ForYourMarriage.org, which began in 2007, is an initiative of the USCCB that began as the communications component of the National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage. It continues to play a key role in advancing the USCCB’s priority on marriage and family. 
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Thursday, March 22, 2018
Marriage ministry a year-round support system, leaders say

The month of February may be in the rearview mirror, but those who work in marriage ministry agree that World Marriage Sunday and National Marriage Week – both of which fall during the second week of February – simply call attention to the importance of supporting the vocation all through the year.

“Marriage is a vocational call to service,” said parish marriage ministry coordinator Lori McCahill and her husband, Mike, who recently gave a testimony talk in St. Benedict Church, Holmdel.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018
Married couples called to live out Baptism at retreat in Mount Laurel parish
Married couples who participated in a retreat Feb. 12 in St. John Neumann Parish, Mount Laurel, were treated to a blend of music and Scripture courtesy of Father Jim Grogan, pastor of Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, who also shared his own experience with married life.

The retreat was held during National Marriage Week, (Feb. 7-14) and the day after World Marriage Sunday (Feb. 11), and included Father Grogan’s advice on living out one’s Baptism in married life.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
World Meeting of Families' congress to center on 'Amoris Laetitia'
DUBLIN -- Some of the church's best-known prelates have been lined up to expound on church teachings on the family for the ninth World Meeting of Families. More ...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018



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