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

MFP133: The Play + Pray Challenge

   If you are going to PRAY with your family, you need to PLAY with them! ~Mike and Alicia Hernon The Play and Pray Challenge is a way for us to spread the kingdom of Jesus Christ into every home … Continue reading

Parents, Priests of the Home

Article from Catholic Answers Online Magazine (Link) During Holy Week our online ministry was swamped with emails from panicked Catholic parents asking some version of the following: How are we going to celebrate on Sunday with our family? We can’t go to … Continue reading

MFP 127 : Celebrating Lent and Easter with your family

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   “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

Messy Family Minute #14: Family Culture

This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. Many parents are greatly concerned about the way that secular culture influences their children. What’s a parent to do? It’s impossible for us to isolate our children from all … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #11: Special Times

This is a Messy Family Minute with Mike and Alicia Hernon. It is vitally important for children to feel individually loved and known by their parents. Especially in a big family like ours this can be very challenging. But no … 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

Messy Family Minute #8: More Than Words

The deepest desire for many of us as parents is to pass on the faith to our children and to do that, parents must be very intentional. First, we need to look at ourselves and live our faith authentically because … Continue reading

Messy Family Minute #7: Habits

Creating good habits is an important part of family life, especially at the beginning of the school year. St. Francis said, “Let us begin again, for until now we have done nothing.” This is a great inspiration for us because … Continue reading