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El Amor Paternal Es... Handouts/Small Group Sessions for Busy Parents on The Joy of Love

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Handouts/Small Group Sessions for Busy Parents on The Joy of Love
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Handouts in Spanish • Leader Guide in English

Also available in English

Twelve parent handouts based on Chapter 4 of The Joy of Love and 1 Corinthians 13

Your price includes a license to reproduce or share these downloadable handouts with anyone in your parish or school community.

This helpful and flexible resource can be sent home with parents or used as the basis for faith-sharing.  Sr. Patricia McCormack uses her extensive expertise on parenting issues—and her down-to-earth style—to make connections between Pope Francis apostolic exhortation on family life and the day-to-day realities of parenting.

Each one-page handout includes a reflection on The Joy of Love, a set of bulleted “Parent Ponder Points,” and three reflection questions.  A simple leader guide is also included. All files are provided in PDF format.

Gather your parents while their children are in their religious education classes, schedule “Parents' Nights,” or add a short discussion to the end of PTA meetings. Or send them home for parents to reflect on their own.

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This reproducible eResource is sold with a lifetime license for use within a parish, school, or diocesan office. You are allowed to make unlimited copies for use within your own community. You may also email these to members of your team or participants in your program. If you serve more than one parish or school, each should purchase its own license. You may not post our eResources to any web site without explicit permission to do so. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for cooperating with our honor system regarding our product licenses.

Format: eResource
Product code: MC100S
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 14 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Sr. Patricia M. McCormack, IHM, Ed.D.


Sr. Patricia McCormack is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculata, PA.  She is an international formation-education consultant who focuses on the whole-person development of children and, by extension, provides spiritual/psychological support to parents and teachers.  Her practical experience in education includes both teaching and administration at the elementary, secondary, and college levels.  In addition to a bachelor's degree in theology and sociology and a master's degree in K-8 education, Sister Pat holds a doctorate in private school administration with a focus on Catholic Schools as Agents of Parent Formation Needs. Currently she directs the IHM Office of Formative Support for Parents and Teachers, Philadelphia, PA.  She authored 100+ articles for the “Parent Partnership Handbook” feature of Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine, numerous articles for other organizations, and several books.  Most recently Sister Pat presented at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, PA.