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18 October 6, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC GOLDEN AGE www.upcatholic.org Anderson-Kell Funeral Home Anderson-Diehm Funeral Home Gary R. Anderson Nathan C. Anderson Chris Dessart 533 Tenth Avenue Menominee, MI (906) 863-5561 S218 US 41 Stephenson, MI (906) 753-2274 anderson-kell@att.net Joel L. Keranen - Manager-Director, James R. Laurinaho - Director Karl J. Peterson - Director Joseph M. Panijan - Director Dustan J. Lequia - Director 26090 Pine Street Calumet, MI 49913 www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com Phone (906) 337-4600 E-mail: ecpfh@att.net McKEVITT-PATRICK FUNERAL HOME, INC. Dignified Service Since 1886 We wish to serve as personal friends, Not as professional strangers." Mike Patrick - Owner/Manager 305 N. Lowell St., Ironwood, MI 49938 (906) 932-1141 Grandparents: Keepers of the family's stories The following was adapted from an article written by Deacon Gary and Kay Aitchinson from Ames, Iowa. The complete article can be found online at www.foryourmarriage.org. The website includes Catholic resources for all stages of marriage, parenting and family. All families have a unique history comprised of milestone events and peopled by a diverse cast of characters. This history of a family is passed on in the telling of its stories. The rich- est families are those in which the stories have been remembered, treasured, and incorporat- ed into the spirit of the family. Grandparents, more than anyone else, are the keepers of the family stories. They are a living bridge between the past and the future of a family. Their intimate connection with the two generations that preceded them and the two that follow gives them a remarkable knowledge and view of the landscape of five generations. When grandchildren hear the familys sto- ries they learn who they are and from where they came. Research has shown that children who know something of their roots and the history of their family have stronger self-es- teem. Through the family stories, children are given a sense of belonging and they develop a family pride. Along with self-confidence and family pride, the family stories teach the faith, ethics and values of a family. Our faith stories help us to see how God has worked in the family story and brought us to where we are today. They link us to the good and saintly people who have been part of the family chain, and these people provide models for newer generations. Children need heroes with whom to identify and they are greatly enriched if they can find people in their own families to inspire and give them direction. Unless someone in the family tells the sto- ries, they are lost, and when the family stories are lost a piece of the familys soul and iden- tity is lost. Maintaining and passing on the family stories is a precious gift that grandpar- ents can give to their grandchildren. Here are some ways that grandparents can share family stories with their grandchildren: Compose and frame a collage of the previ- ous generations of your family. Compile an electonic photo album of past generations for your grandchildren. Write a history of your family. Buy a grandparent book and record your story for your family. Frame your ancestoral pictures and create a gallery wall in your home. Tell stories of what life was like when you were a child. Tell your grandchildren about your parents and grandparents. Create a family cookbook with favorite family recipes and the stories that go with them. Take your grandchildren to visit the ances- toral home and church of your family. Create a family timeline of births, deaths, significant events. Have your grandchildren add their births and discuss how they are part of the larger on-going family. Create a family tree. Include as many gen- erations as you can. Recover the stories talk to other family members: cousins, aunts, uncles, parents to try to learn more of the family stories. Join an online genealogy service such as Ancestory.com to explore more about your family. Tell your grandchild the story of their par- ents childhood. This article is based on a chapter from the Aitchisons' small-group discussion-pro- gram, "The Grand Adventure - A New Call to Grandparenting." Morning Offering O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the inten- tions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the inten- tions of all my relatives and friends, and in partic- ular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen. Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/

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