How Our Family Prays Each Day

A Read-Aloud Story for Catholic Families
Illustrated by: Jacob Flores-Popcak

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Format: Hardcover

Publication date: September 30, 2022


Are you looking for an easy way to teach your young children how to talk with Jesus throughout the day?

How Our Family Prays Each Day is a read-aloud book for children ages 4 to 8 that emphasizes the importance of praying together as a family and offers lessons on how to pray and spend time with God each day.

This 32-page hardcover book includes charming, full-color illustrations that depict eight-year-old Marty and his family—parents Joseph and Maria, siblings Zelie and Baby Lou, and their pet pelican, Pascha—as they find reasons to pray throughout their day.

From their first “Good morning, God!” to their final bedtime cuddle, the family will help your children learn an important spiritual lesson: We can talk to God whenever we need him—like before a game or test, or when someone is hurt or struggling—not just during Mass or family prayer time. The book also includes a prayer for your family to say together when you’re done reading.

How Our Family Prays Each Day was written by psychotherapist Gregory K. Popcak, illustrated by Jacob Flores-Popcak, and developed by the Catholic HŌM (Households of Mission) program at the Peyton Institute for Domestic Church Life at Holy Cross Family Ministries.

Product Details

Pages: 32

Trim size: 8.5 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9781646801695

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

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Watch as Gregory and Lisa Popcak present on the Domestic Church and Synodality at the Tenth World Meeting of Families in Rome, Italy.

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Domestic Church Prayer Card 

Click here to download a FREE prayer card featuring a prayer from the book to use with your family in your domestic church.

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  • “On our list of great Catholic books we love.”

    “I loved this book, and both my girls (ages five and two) were captivated by the vibrant illustrations and simple rhymes that gave us plenty to talk about and then lots to pray about. As a Catholic parent, I’m always on the lookout for great resources to add into our bedtime routine, books to toss into our Mass bag, and things to share with our Catholic school, and How Our Family Prays Each Day is definitely on our list of great Catholic books we love.”

    Katie Prejean McGrady
    Host of the Ave Explores podcast and The Katie McGrady Show on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM

  • “Warm read-aloud.”

    “This warm read aloud combines rhyming text with lively illustrations, creating the perfect invitation for families to consider how Jesus is present in their own lives.”

    Katherine Higgs-Coulthard
    Assistant professor of children’s literature and literacy
    Saint Mary’s College 

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