Resources

Welcome to our resources page. Below you will find links to resources for depression, grief and topics for families as well as a link to the FORMED website with other Catholic resources. Please contact the parish office if you have further resources to recommend or if you are in need of a referral to a counselor.

Depression/Grief

Support Groups

St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Parish

  • A Christian support group for adults grieving a loss.
  • Meets at St. Pat’s in Toledo from 3:00-4:30 PM on the 1st Tuesday of every month.
  • Contact: Sr. Gail Lambert (419) 724-4675 for information and registration. 

Today and Beyond

  • A Christian support group for adults grieving any loss.
  • Meets at Christ the King Catholic Parish from 6:30-8 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  Other member parishes include: St. Joseph Catholic Parish in Sylvania, Ohio and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish in Toledo, Ohio
  • Contact: Terry McKown (419)475-4348 ext. 112 (or) tmckown@ctktoledo.org for more information and to register.

St. Rose Catholic Parish

  • A Christian support group for adults who have lost a loved one to death.
  • Meets at St. Rose in Toledo every Tuesday at 6:30 PM for 9 weeks September-November and February-April.
  • Contact: Susie Waible-Rose (419) 704-4641 or (419) 874-4559 to register prior to September and February sessions.

Good Grief

  • Age appropriate peer groups for grief support.  Children and teens attend sessions with their age group and parents/ caregivers can simultaneously attend their own support group meetings.
  • Meets every Tuesday from 6-7:45pm and each program night begins with a meal.
  • Contact: (419) 360- 4939 (main office) and ask for Dorothy M. or Shannon B. for information and fill out the form at http://www.goodgriefnwo.org/enrollment/ to register.

Hospice of North-West Ohio

  • Various support groups and workshops for all age groups grieving a loss.  Available to anyone in the community.
  • Meetings available in Toledo, OH, Perrysburg, OH and Lambertville, MI.  Location, date, and time depend on the specific group.
  • Contact: The Hospice Bereavement Team at (419) 661-4001 (Toledo location) or (734)568- 6801 (Lambertville location) or visit  http://www.hospicenwo.org/family-support/grief-support/  for information and registration.

Literature

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. 1961.

This book is C.S. Lewis’ journaled experience through the grief process after the loss of his beloved wife.

Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen. 2007.

This book is a relatable story for both adults and children about the grief process and how everyone’s journey though grief is unique.

A Bright Red Scream by Marilee Strong. 1998.

This book explains the psychology behind self-harm as well as how to better understand and help those who suffer depression and choose to express their pain through self-harm.

Scripture

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Ps. 34:18)
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Ps. 73:26)
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mt. 5:4)
“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) 

For Families

Communication

Speak Up and Get Along by Scott Cooper. 2005.

A practical book that uses several assertiveness techniques to teach adolescents how to navigate emotional expression, form (and maintain) friendships, as well as grow in self-knowledge.

You Just Don’t Understand by Deborah Tannen. 1990.

This book is a linguistics professor’s informational and witty book discussing the differences between male and female communication. It provides psychological and social explanations for the different ways male and female brains are “wired” as well as gives some practical tips for navigating these differences for more effective communication.

Scripture

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. ” (Eph. 4:29).
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” (Prov. 12:25)
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Ps. 19:14)

Education

100 Ways for Parents to be Involved in their Child’s Education.

This online brochure lists a variety of practical ways that parents and family members can be involved in their child’s educational life.
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Homework: A Guide for Parents. Peg Dawson. 2010.

This online pamphlet provides foundational guidelines for homework as it relates to both children and parents.

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Homework Without Tears: A Parent’s Guide for Motivating Children to Do Homework and to Succeed in School. Lee Canter and Lee Hausner, PhD. 1987.

This book offers parents tips and strategies for encouraging their children to do their homework and develop self-motivation to learn.

Scripture

“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32)
“The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him. The spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and of might, the spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.” (Is. 11:2)
“Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands” (Ps. 119:66)

Discipline

The New Strong Willed Child. Dr. James Dobson. 2004

An updated version of his book The Strong Willed Child, this book discusses strategies and tips to help parents and teachers effectively teach children self-discipline.

The Healing Power of Confession. Dr. Scott Hahn. 2010

On this CD, Dr. Hahn shares parts of his conversion story to illustrate the healing power of God’s mercy in his life through the sacrament of Confession.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. Chip Heath and Dan Heath. 2010

This book provides practical tips and methods for breaking negative habits and forming positive habits that ultimately help us to lead a more fulfilled life.

Scripture

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not loose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as His son.” (Heb. 12:5-6)
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Pet. 1:3)
“Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.” (Phil. 4:8)

Social Media

Common Sense Media (web source)

www.commonsensemedia.org
This website provides news, advice, and responses to common questions parents ask about social media and moderating their children’s usage of it.

Connect Safely (web source)

www.connectsafely.org
This website is a resources created by parents for parents to promote the appropriate use of technology and to discuss how parents can help their children also navigate the appropriate use of technology.

Covenant Eyes (online software)

www.covenanteyes.com
This online software assists with blocking inappropriate websites and is a great tool for creating accountability with technology.

Scripture

“The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.  But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” (Mt. 7:25)
“Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.   After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.   And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.” (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.   If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.   If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength that God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”  (1 Pet. 4:10)

Relationships

101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person. Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerkes. 2011.

This book lists practical tips and guidance for teenagers and young adults discerning marriage at any stage of the process: pre-dating, dating, and engagement.

Unfiltered. Covenant Eyes.

This software helps to equip parents for ongoing coning conversations about pornography as well as offers accountability and support for those seeking to overcome addiction to pornography.
www.covenanteyes.com

TOB for Tots. TOBET: Theology of the Body Evangelization Team. 2016.

These children’s books help explain to children the beauty of being created in God’s image as male and female.

Theology of the Body for Beginners. Christopher West. 2004.

This book is an introduction to St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. It describes God’s great love for us and the plans He has for us to live a fulfilling and joy-filled life.

Beyond the Talk. Christopher West. 2016.

This CD gives parents practical tips for how to discuss with their children the goodness of how God created them and His plans for sex.

Christian Courtship For An Over-Sexed World (Revised Edition). Rev. T.G. Morrow. 2013.

This books gives practical tips on Christian courtship/ dating and setting the
foundation for a holy marriage.

Scripture

“ And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor. 13:13)
“Now as the Church submits to Christ, so wives should submit to their husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her.” (Eph. 5:24-25)
“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) 

Prayer

A Family of Faith. Sophia Institute Press. 2016.

This religious education resource includes an activities book and leaders guide. It is a wonderful, structured, resource for families and religious education teachers.

Franciscan Media. (web source)

http://info.franciscanmedia.org
This online site includes links to meditations and blogs as well as information on Catholic Saints, Sacraments, and other aspects of our Catholic Faith.

Good Night Jesus. Matthew Kelly. 2017.

This children’s book is an excellent resource for teaching young ones the important habit of evening prayer to strengthen their relationship with Christ.

Scripture

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Mt. 7:7-8)
“He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’” (Luke 11:2-4)
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways , then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Domestic Church

Tools for Building a Domestic Church. (web source)

http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/Vocations/Parents/index.cfm

This page on the website for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) offers a list of practical suggestions, resources, and prayers for nourishing the faith culture in the home.

The Family Fully Alive. (web source)

www.kofc.org/un/en/domestic-church/

This page on the Knights of Columbus website offers a monthly series of prayers, meditations, and activities to enrich family life.

Mission of the family: Love. Kevin Aldrich. 2014.

www.catholicstand.com/mission-family-love

This article, based on the document Love is Our Mission: the Family Fully Alive was the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families in 2015. It discusses the importance of love as a covenantal relationship in the Sacrament of Marriage and offers families suggestions for how to teach love in their home.

The Mission of the Catholic Family: The Pathway to Heaven. Dr. Rick Sarkisan, PhD. 2001.

This book discusses the mission of the family to become a community of love. It offers insights and guidance based on the example of the Holy Family of Nazareth to help families along their journey to heaven.

Essential Practices of the Faith: Six Practices for Seeking God's Help. SDG Tools for Learning. 2016.

This handbook offers examples and clear steps for growing deeper in our faith. It is a great resource for individuals and families seeking to go further in their relationship with Christ.

Scripture

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.  In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise and glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved” (Eph. 1:3-6)
“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just.” (Gen. 18:19)
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)

Formed

For further resources on these and other topics, visit https://formed.org/study
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