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Living Our Faith: Keeping the faith in summertime

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How can families make sure summer isn’t a vacation from God?

A student follows along with her study Bible during a 2010 summer religious education class at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Greece, N.Y. Churches need to make sure that they do not inadvertently give the message that nothing is happening during summer months. Weekly podcasts, small faith groups, summer film series and book discussions are some ways to keep "faith thoughts" in the minds of parishioners throughout the vacation season. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)
A student follows along with her study Bible during a 2010 summer religious education class at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Greece, N.Y. Churches need to make sure that they do not inadvertently give the message that nothing is happening during summer months. Weekly podcasts, small faith groups, summer film series and book discussions are some ways to keep “faith thoughts” in the minds of parishioners throughout the vacation season. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Parishes located in or near vacation and “destination” locales throughout the U.S. use special methods of outreach to welcome and engage visitors.

At home, church communities can signal active and vibrant parish life through weekly podcasts, small faith groups, summer movie series, book discussions and vacation Bible school.