“Our Children: Providing Inner Strength for Challenging Times”

Workshop sponsored by the Office of Religious Education provides guidance to help children



by The Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh Office of Religious Education

A workshop titled “Our Children: Providing Inner Strength for Challenging Times” was sponsored by the Office of Religious Education on Aug. 13.

It is vitally important for Catholics to come to terms with what the Church teaches about life, death, suffering and a loving God. These beliefs are carried out in ordinary life experiences and influence our decisions.

More than ever today, children cannot be isolated from the topics of violence, tragedy, life and death. This workshop provided guidance and support to catechists, parents and grandparents on addressing these difficult topics with children.

Dr. Regina Boerio, Ph.D, a Professor of Psychology at Franciscan University shared two Power Point presentations. The first was helping children make healthy decisions and tips for relationship building. The second addressed talking to children in times of violence.

Amanda Singel, Assistant to the Office provided a resource on the value of hope in teaching our children the importance of a positive attitude.

Sister Marion Dobos, Director of the Office of Religious Education shared Eight Strategies for Communicating with Parents.

All efforts to connect with parents are important, because parent communication and engagement are vital to the success of religious education programs. These resources are available through the Office of Religious Education.

Participants attending the workshop were from St. Michael, Hermitage; St. Gregory, Upper St. Clair; St. John, Uniontown; St. Mary, Bradenville and the Seminary.