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Children's Books recommended
by Our Sunday Visitor

Before I Sleep, I Say Thank You
by Carol Gorden Ekster
ages 3-6

A Child's Book of Virtues
by Kay McSpadden
ages 6 up

Peace is an Offering
by Annette Le Bo
ages 3-8

Every Body is Smart: God Help Me to Listen and Choose

by Monica Ashour
ages 2-6

Thank You God
by J Bradley Wigger
ages 3-8

Knit Together
by Angela Dominguez
ages 4-10

Seven Lonely Places, Seven Warm Places: The Vices and Virtues for Children
by April Bolton
ages 8 up

Children's Books recommended
by the National Catholic Register

Children's Books recommended by the National Catholic Register
Mary and the 50 States
by Brenda and George Nippert. 9 up

Tell Me About the Catholic Faith: From the Bible to the Sacraments
by various under the direction of Most Rev Michael Dubost 6 up

Juan Diego
by Barbara Yoffie 6 - 10

Nighty Night, Noah/Nighty Night, Baby Jesus b
by Molly Schaar Idle 4 - 8

Bye-Bye, Bully! A Kid's Guide for Dealing With Bullies
by J.S. Jackson 7  -12

Lessons From Pope Francis for Children
by Angela M. Burrin 7 - 11

Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Leading the Way
by Toni Matas 9 up

Why should I be involved in my children’s Religious Education?


If we look at the secular education of children and the level of parent involvement, we can see why St. Mary Parish has moved in this direction.

 Secular Education

Children who are successful in school have parents who are involved in their education.

Surveys show that students have higher grades, better attendance, increased motivation,  and better self-esteem when parents are involved.

 When schools encourage children to practice reading at home with parents, the children make significant gains in reading achievement compared to those who only read at school.

 The earlier parents get involved in the educational process, the more powerful the effects. The most effective involvement are those in which parents interact directly with the education of their  children at home.

 Religious Education

It follows that children whose parents are involved in their faith formation will have a better understanding of our Catholic faith, motivation to learn about the faith and an attraction to Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.  Practice at home with the help of parents memorizing prayers, the Commandments, Sacraments, etc. will produce students who are familiar with Catholic Doctrine. Children will develop a desire to become active in the life of the Church based on the attraction to Jesus Christ.

 Parental love and care for the child is the foundation for healthy development. Parents have the obligation to develop the faith of the child  beginning at birth. This responsibility is conferred through Baptism. Children learn their first lessons within the family. Therefore parents should keep in mind the power of their example and their obligation to live a Christian life.

 Consequently, as primary teachers of the Faith, parents are required to demonstrate their Faith through regular participation in the sacraments (Mass and Reconciliation), prayer, and being engaged in parish life.


Michigan Department of Education. What Research Says About Parent Involvement in Children's Education in Relation to Academic Achievement. March 2002

Frabutt, James M.; Holter, Anthony C.;  Nuzzi, Ronald J.; Rocha, Heidi; Cassel, Laura. "Pastors' Views of Parents and the Parental Role in Catholic Schools". Catholic Education Sept 2010.