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

MFP 127 : Celebrating Lent and Easter with your family

   “Parents are, through the witness of their lives, the first heralds of the Gospel for their children.” ~St. John Paul II This Lent and Easter why not walk on the path of holiness that God has laid out for … Continue reading

MFP 121 : Lessons Learned from our Jewish Brethren

   As the mountains surround Jerusalem, the Lord surrounds his people, Both now and forever. Psalm 125:2 The power of a name, the importance of memory, the responsibility to heal the world, the reality that God dwells with us – … Continue reading

MFP 113 : Parenting Essentials

It is not your job to make your children into saints. It is THEIR job to make YOU into a saint! Parenting is a path to holiness, that is clear. Part of this growth in your holiness is taking on … Continue reading

MP 103 : Family Board Meeting 2.0

“A family doesn’t need to be perfect; it just needs to be united.” Families are busy – running from place to place with little time to look where they are going or to even form an idea of what they … Continue reading

MP 100 : Greatest Influence on our Parenting

Welcome to the 100th podcast! We are celebrating the public launch of our ministry with new branding, new website, and even new intro and outro music on the podcast itself! As promised, we decided to interview the people who had … Continue reading

MP 097 : Elements of a Family Culture

“Each family finds within itself a summons that cannot be ignored and that specifies both its dignity and responsibility: family, become what you are” (Familiaris Consortio, #17) We have discussed how important a family culture is. It is a powerful … Continue reading

MP 096 : Building a Family Culture

Creating a Family Culture is a powerful way to influence our children in a way that goes beyond our relationship with any one individual child. It is greater than just you or your spouse. Family Culture is the unspoken system … Continue reading

MP 062 : Family History

“Human beings look separate because you see them walking about separately. But then we are so made that we can see only the present moment. If we could see the past, then of course it would look different. For there … Continue reading

MP 038 : Music in the Home

“Musical nourishment which is ‘rich in vitamins’ is essential for children.” ~Zoltan Kodaly, music educator Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and … Continue reading

MP 024 : Party On!

“My name is Rod and I like to party.” – Andy Samburg in Hot Rod To be Catholic is to love to party, because every mass is a party and a foretaste of heaven! Celebrations are an important way to … Continue reading

MP 018 : Games

I love playing with preschoolers. They make me feel so powerful! Family game night is quickly becoming lost in our technological age, but it is an extremely valuable pastime for families with many benefits. Not only can games bring people … Continue reading

MP 011 : Family Meals

 All great change in America begins at the dinner table. ~Ronald Reagan Those of us who grew up with family dinners and who continue that tradition with our kids may not realize how counter-cultural we are becoming! Having dinner as … Continue reading

MP 007 : Family Prayer

“The family that prays together, stays together” Family prayer should be the center of our lives as Catholics, but often parents find it challenging. Praying consistently with our kids is not our strength, so of course that’s why we wanted … Continue reading