- Create a “Household Values” statement. Discuss the family’s priorities and values. Identify values that are most important to the household and write them down. Are the family members’ priorities in line with God’s teaching or do they need some adjusting? Keep the written statement in your home as a reminder for the family of what is really important in life.
- Reflect on how you can use your possessions, money and gifts in the service of God and neighbor. What organizations in your community are helping those in need? Get involved with this group!
- Plan a family fun time together—a whole day if possible. Go fishing, bowling, or skating; go out for pizza. Let it be a time when family members can forget their other concerns and simply enjoy each other. Talk about what each family member has learned lately or accomplished lately or done lately.
- Together with your children sort through your cupboards. Make a commitment in advance that you and your children will donate to a food bank things from the cupboard which would be appropriate. Discuss with your children that this is part of what Jesus meant when he said, “Share your gifts with others.”
July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus devotion. As this month ends, try praying this Chaplet of the Precious Blood. It is divided into seven groups, containing thirty-three "Our Fathers" in honor of the thirty-three years during which the Precious Blood flowed in the veins of Jesus, before it was poured out on the Cross for our salvation. After each group, the "Glory be to the Father" is recited along with "We pray, You, Lord, help your people whom You have redeemed with Your Precious Blood." in thanksgiving to the Holy Trinity for this great gift of the Precious Blood. While reciting these prayers, you are asked to meditate on each of the seven bloodsheddings of Jesus.