MFP 157 : Earth Day aka “Creation Day”

   Christians, in particular, realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith – St. John Paul April 22 is Earth Day, but maybe we Catholics could call … Continue reading

Cana90 Week 8: The Celebration Continues!

   [Jesus] said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.” John 20:21 Did you realize the celebration of Easter continues for 50 days after Easter Sunday? Hopefully the disciplines of … Continue reading

Hints for Raising Happy Children

What makes kids happy? They make the choice to be happy. We often forget that happiness is a choice, and that’s something we have to model and teach our children. But in case you need some inspiration, here’s what happy … Continue reading

MFP 154 : St Joseph Patron of the Family

   “We find in St. Joseph the perfect adorer, entirely consecrated to Jesus, working always near Jesus, giving Jesus his virtues, his time, his very life; it is thus that he is our model and our inspiration.” St. Peter Julian … Continue reading

Cana90 Week 3: Ready to Build?

The LORD saw how great the wickedness of human beings was on earth, and how every desire that their heart conceived was always nothing but evil.But Noah found favor with the LORD. Genesis 5:5,9 This week’s passage is a familiar … Continue reading

Cana90 Week 2: Recovering the Original Plan

God created mankind in His image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27 Let’s go back to the beginning. If the wedding feast of Cana took you back to the time … Continue reading

Lent, Lent, Time to Repent!

https://www.messyfamilyproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/DogmaDogsLent.mp3 Thought we'd set the tone with this fun clip from the Dogma Dogs' popular "Lent" song. (Warning: it'll get stuck in the head of any five-year-old who hears it!) When our family was young, we had a wonderful pastor … Continue reading

Sibling Challenges

One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is another brother or sister. But as parents, our responsibility isn’t just to provide those siblings and just walk away saying, “Hope it all works out!” We need to provide … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #26: Kids and Kindness

Messy Family Project · MFM026- Kids and Kindness This is Mike and Alicia Hernon with a Messy Family Minute.   It is often said that kindness begins at home. But sometimes the home is the most challenging place to be kind. … Continue reading

MFP146 : Liturgical Living with Kendra Tierney

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 podcast for you! In it, we interview Kendra Tierney of Catholic All Year about … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #23: Identity

Messy Family Project · MFM023- Identity This is a Messy Family Minute from Mike and Alicia Hernon.  Many people, especially young people in our culture today, are feeling fragmented and lost.  They don’t know who they are or where they … Continue reading

MFP 139 : The Honor of Accompanying a Soul to Eternity

   “This world is our ship and not our home” ~St. Therese of Lisieux This past summer our family lost a beloved uncle, brother-in-law, and husband.  Alicia’s uncle passed into eternity at home with his wife, and Alicia and her … Continue reading

MFP 136 : Rituals and connection – Family Culture

   Ritual is an ancient and inextricable part of human nature. And while it may take many forms, it remains a powerful tool for promoting resilience and solidarity. ~ Dimitris Xygalatas, researcher Rituals are an essential part of creating connections … Continue reading

A Plan for Family Retreat

A family retreat that incorporates prayer, bonding, teaching, and fun will pay dividends in the long run Article from Catholic Answers Online Magazine by Michael and Alicia Hernon Because of the pandemic and associated lockdowns, many of us spent far … Continue reading

MFP 135 : Your Family’s Unique Calling

“Most good people are taking care only of themselves, while most evil people are taking care of everyone else.” Fr. James Keller Looking at the turmoil we are experiencing within our culture, we are becoming more and more convinced that … Continue reading

Press Release: Play + Pray Challenge

Catholic Couple seeks World Domination with Play + Pray Challenge MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  STEUBENVILLE, OH (May 28, 2020) – “No less than world domination,” says Mike Hernon when speaking of the goal of the ministry that he and his … Continue reading