Make sure that all celebrations of family include a variety of activities that highlight the Order’s Mission.
Councils may consider including the following activities:
- Distribute family prayer cards to be prayed at home by parishioners throughout Family Week
- Invite prospective members to the council meeting place for a meet and greet with council members.
- Since Family Week is held around the anniversaries of the Venerable Father Michael McGivney’s birth and death, it is fitting to hold a memorial Mass and First Degree in his honor.
- Hold a memorial Mass for deceased members of the council family
- Host a rosary or parish Mass before a family picnic. Utilize the Domestic Church series booklet A Scriptural Rosary of the Family (#319)
Promote Volunteerism and Togetherness
Volunteering brings members together for quality time while they make a difference and create positive memories. Helping those who are less fortunate can also add perspective to their lives. When volunteering with young children remember to keep the activity as fun and age appropriate as possible so they’ll want to do it again.
- Invite families in the parish and community to volunteer together at a council community service event.
- Assist pregnancy resource centers by collecting baby items and donations
- Serve a meal at the community soup kitchen
- Clean up litter in a park, or help your parish with outdoor maintenance
Fun Family Actives
- Sponsor a family picnic featuring a cookout, sack race, egg toss, water-balloon toss, three-legged race, obstacle course, face painting and similar activities.
- Hold a family night at your council’s meeting place to allow families to play games and socialize.
- Host family sports competitions (tug of war, volleyball, horseshoes, bocce, darts, softball, etc.).
- Hosting a “Double-Feature Family Film Night,” featuring the short film The Life and Legacy of Father Michael J. McGivney followed by a full-length family movie.
To assist your council in promoting your Family Week activities and events, the Supreme Council offers the following items:
Video can be viewed and played by clicking the link below:
The Life and Legacy of Father Michael J. McGivney
|Father McGivney prayer cards||10115|
|A Model for Our Times: The Heroic Virtue of Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney (Available in limited quantities of 50)||5044|
|A Scriptural Rosary for the Family||319|
|A Family Prayer (prayer card)||10086|
|Consecration to the Holy Family prayer card||10371|
|Family Week Promotional Poster||10510|
|Family Week Fillable Calendar (Printable)||N/A|