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How Parishes Can Help Families Use 52 Sundays in August How Parishes Can Help Families Use 52 Sundays in August
Here are some suggestions that your parish might want to utilize to help families embrace the weekly ideas from 52 Sundays. Since it is lectionary-based, you will see that many of these suggestions are applicable, even if families do not have the book. This list is not exhaustive or necessary. You will see some ideas to continually connect with families about the book as well as some suggestions for each week. You can copy everything from the book, except the Gospel passages. That is a separate copyright through the USCCB.

Let families know how they can get the content and additional resources on the 52 Sundays website , and encourage people to post what they are doing each week on parish social media channels and parish websites using the hashtag #52Sundays. As a way for people to connect with #52Sundays posts, provide links to the Archdiocese of Detroit social media channels on your social media channels, your parish website, and in your bulletin or other communications your parish uses, such as Remind, Flocknote, or email newsletters. Use these tools to remind families about each activity.

For the week of August 2, 2020
Have your pastor share his vocation story in honor of the feast of St. John Vianney. In your bulletin or as a video on your parish website, have a staff member or parish leader talk about what three people they would invite to dinner and what their favorite meal would be. Invite families to post pictures on social media of how they are celebrating National Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

For the week of August 9, 2020
Have the staff share a time they tried something out of their comfort zone and what happened. Invite a parish leader to share a video or article about a joyful family who helped them grow personally in the faith. Invite parishioners to pray the Salve Regina at a specific time on August 15th. You may also consider having families submit videos praying the Salve Regina in advance to be compiled into one video for the parish website for parishioners to pray along with on the 15th.

For the week of August 16, 2020
Invite a staff member or parish leader to share a time when they prayed about something they really wanted or needed. Ask parishioners to pray the Memorare at a specific time each day that week. Have a staff member make the St. Bernard of Clairvaux Dijon Chicken and post a video of the process. Invite families to share pictures on social media of the crafts they made for the Family Fun activity.

For the week of August 23, 2020
For the parish bulletin, ask a staff member to reflect on who Jesus is to them. Post on your parish website a blessing for parents and a video showing where the Vatican City flag is kept in your parish. Invite families to share photos on social media of where they say grace together and share what their favorite mealtime prayer is.

For the week of August 30, 2020
Ask staff members to share in the bulletin or on social media some of the ways God has related to them through their family. They also can reflect on which pope has impacted them the most in their lives. Create a video tour of the Stations of the Cross at your parish for your website. Invite parishioners to post pictures on your parish social media channels of their homemade Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.