Bringing my child up a Catholic...tips on how you do it?

(6 Posts)
iYawn Mon 25-Feb-13 14:58:42

So this is probably a weird one. I am a practising catholic inasmuch as I go to church and try to live my life as a Christian but v much on a live and let live basis.

DS a baptised catholic DS but atm he attends a C of E school because of various reasons (He's in YR)

We go to mass every week and he goes to children's church and we have prayer books for bedtime (when we remember and I'm not too tired blush)

What else can I be doing to help grow his faith?
I know he will be doing 1st communion but not for another couple of years

niminypiminy Mon 25-Feb-13 16:15:23

I think the key thing is letting your child see how your faith shapes your life -- how you live it out. We do grace before meals, and the children see me praying, and we do family prayer time on Sundays (when we can make time in the hurly burly of family life). They know we give money to people who need it (atm doing the Christian Aid Count your blessings app with them), and I try to teach by doing about loving our neighbour as ourselves (pretty hard, that one!). They will make their own decisions about whether they have faith or not, and that's fine. In many ways I think the best I can do is to show them what (trying to) live a Christian life looks like. It's what you do, not what you say, that really carries the weight in the end.

(Not an RC but hope this helps)

iYawn Mon 25-Feb-13 16:37:22

An App sounds good
Am not good at Grace before meals (this was where my catholic school was excelelnt for e.g, and we used to have prayers at beginning and end of school, which I don't think that he has now).
But this all v helpful thank you niminy.

hiddenhome Mon 25-Feb-13 17:23:20

We say the main Catholic prayers at bedtime and go to Mass. We also try to demonstrate our faith by the way we live (I hope) smile

sarahtigh Wed 27-Feb-13 13:02:24

read bible stories and let him see you reading your bible sometimes so it seems normal there are some great DVD's of bible stories too

sarahtigh Wed 27-Feb-13 13:03:18

oh and that church/ religion is not just an hours slot on sunday and then gets put back in box until next week

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