Faith and Family is a weekly column by Lani Bogart, in which she provides practical ways to connect the Sunday readings, especially the Gospel, to the lives of families. Lani oversees all things catechetical at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and co-leads the Committee to Serve Wives and Widows of Deacons for the Diocese of Phoenix.

We Need YOU!

07-18-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

The families in our parish have a wealth of knowledge, creativity, and work experience. Now is the time for ACTION!

PLEASE pray and ask our LORD for the courage to say “yes” to something on this list:


Bringing God's Word to All Corners

07-11-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

God calls us to bring His Word to all corners of the earth. What does that mean for you and me? We are just simple and humble folks trying to find our way through the Gospel and our world. After all, we are not professional preachers but gentle servants. Jesus summons us to take his message on the road and bring it from the pew to the pavement.



07-04-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

On this 4th of July, when our country traditionally celebrates her independence from England, it’s worth thinking about what true freedom means.

Far too many people think that the ultimate freedom is throwing off all constraints and rules, anything that would guide us in a direction we don’t feel like going. If each individual within a family sees freedom this way, there can be no peace and unity because each becomes a slave to their own feelings and whims.


The Importance of Grandparents

06-27-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

“The contribution of grandparents turns out to be important on account of both the greater amount of time they are able to dedicate and their capacity to encourage younger generations with their characteristic affection. The prayer of petition and song of praise from grandparents sustains the community in the work and struggles of life.” (Directory of Catechesis, paragraph 126)


Praying for your Godchildren

06-20-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Do you have one or more godchildren? Do you pray for them? Do you check in with them to encourage them to pray and to keep on learning about their faith?


Role of Parents, Godparents, and Grandparents in the Catechesis of Children

06-13-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

Over the next few weeks, we will discuss the roles of parents, godparents, and grandparents in the catechesis of children. Last week we mentioned the new Directory for Catechesis which outlines the catechetical priorities of Pope Francis.


Teach Your Children to Pray

06-06-2021Faith and FamilyLani Bogart

When I was six, we rented a house with plenty of room for our family of ten. Our dear Grandma even came to stay with us. We began to attend Church every Sunday to thank God for our blessings.

I still remember how good and right it felt to go to church on Sundays with my family.