Daily Life



There’s a well-known phrase, “Charity begins at home” and there is truth in this. Perhaps during the visit we can look again at our relationships with family and friends. Is there anyone needing our kindness and love who we may have been neglecting? Could we be more open to opportunities for reconciliation?

Valuing Family RitualsFamily rituals strengthen relationships, build resilience, reinforce values and sustain family identity. They are also an integral part of a family’s spirituality.

Invite parish families to think about their rituals and how they might mark at home the Pope’s visit. Families could gather to watch the major celebrations on TV together or keep a vigil candle lit in a window of their home for the length of the Pope’s visit. For materials to support family spirituality see:


If you know other Christians who work alongside you, invite them to pray with you at a convenient moment in the working day. In this way fellowship will be fostered and the needs of your working environment and colleagues will be brought to God in prayer.

Social Justice

It is important to be informed about the causes of poverty and suffering. Perhaps mark the Holy Father’s visit by getting involved in a campaign or project? Many parishes, for example, have active Justice and Peace Groups: See, for example,

Social Action

Catholics are called to give practical expression to their faith. If you'd like to explore sharing your time and talents, Caritas Social Action Network (, for example, is an umbrella organisation of charities with a Catholic ethos, providing professional social care within the UK. The members of the Network work on projects with vulnerable and marginalised people throughout the country.