One Book One Parish 2016

St. Andrew Parish is participating in a year-long program for the spiritual wellness and renewal of its members called One Book One Parish.
This initiative came out of Parish Transformation that began last Spring. For this program, St. Andrew Parish has a gift for each household in the parish. The book “Seven Keys to Spiritual Wellness” by Joe Paprocki was given to parishioners on the feast of the Epiphany, January 2 and 3, 2016. If your household did not receive this book, come by the parish office during business hours to pick up a copy.

Just like the Magi’s gifts were used by Jesus throughout this life, this book is meant to be used, specificallyPhoto of 7 keys to spiritual wellness throughout the year 2016.

Every month, we invite the members of your household to read one chapter from this book (we encourage you to use discretion for younger members) and to participate in the “Challenge of the Month” for the One Book One Parish program.

Quotes from the book will be visible everyday in our school classrooms and weekly on the St. Andrew Parish Facebook page.

Monthly discussion questions will be distributed for you to review the concepts of the book as a family. And alternative activities will be suggested for you to do with your children which teach the concept of the chapter of the month in an age appropriate way.

Join us on this exciting year-long journey as we grow in our understanding and practice of spiritual wellness!

October 2016 – Challenge of the Month:

amily members (age appropriate) read “Key 7 – Unleashing Your Imagination”
Challenge of the Month: After reading the chapter, take time to plan a family dinner in which you discuss the following questions as is age appropriate.

1. What sparks a fire in your heart? What stokes your imagination?
2. Which of the following is the biggest challenge to you: indifference, distraction, cynicism, or relativism?
3. Who is the most imaginative person you know personally?
4. What are some of the forms of expression in the language of the soul (imagination)? Which one most resonates with your experience?
5. What are some concrete ways to “light the fire of imagination”? Which suggestions are your favorites?

Children’s Alternative Activities:

Borrow or find the Dr. Seuss classic “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” and read together as a family.
Discuss the following questions:
1) What did you feel like when you started reading the book and the character could go anywhere?
2) After a while, the book talked about bang-ups and hang-ups. Have you ever had something happen to like a bang-up or hang-up? How did you feel about it? How did you get past it?
3) You’re mountain is waiting! Adventure and discovery. Where is something you wish you could go and what is something you wish you could do? Draw a picture of it to remind you and hang it in an important place.


September 2016 – Challenge of the Month:

Family members (age appropriate) read “Key 6 – Seeking Beauty”
Challenge of the Month: After reading the chapter, have a planned dinner with your family/household and share your thoughts on the following questions.
1. What is your dream vacation spot? What is most beautiful about this place?
2. Where and how do you experience transcendence?
3. What biases does our contemporary culture have against beauty?
4. How can focusing on the notion of God as Beauty aid us in our spirituality?
5. What does it mean to fall in love with God?

Children’s Alternative Activities:
In the chapter, a classic movie is referenced on page 92 – Chariots of Fire. This movie is rated PG and may not be appropriate for all ages, but especially after the Olympics and given that it can be challenging to talk to children about the subject matters found in Key 6, we recommended watching this movie to help start a conversation with children. The character Eric Liddell in the movie states “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.” This quote, and the theme of the movie, center around a key point of Catholic teaching – that God made our bodies and made them “very good” (Gen1:31). This is a valuable lesson to relay to children. After watching the movie, discuss with children what are the many good and beautiful things that our bodies can do… running, building, healing, crafting, making music, etc.

August 2016 – Challenge of the Month:

Family members (age appropriate) read “Key 5 – Recognizing and Setting Limits”
Challenge of the Month: After reading the chapter, take 1/2 hour of time to reflect upon the following questions. Perhaps us a journal to write down your thoughts.

1. What are some events in life that “take the bite” out of us and cause us to develop an “itch?”
2. What are some of the most prevalent ways that people today try to “scratch” their spiritual itches? What way do you turn to?
3. How can we identify when a behavior has become excessive (become an addiction)?
4. What advice does the book offer for “scratching the itch the right way”? Which suggestion resonates most with you?

Children’s Alternative Activities:

1) Read this article Follow the instructions in the article to start a conversation about playing video games. Remember, good behavior it isn’t about prohibition, but seeing the value of things and making healthy choices.
2) Read the poem “Obedience” by Garrison Keillor Discuss with your child what it feels like to do too much of something. Does it feel better to do things all the way all the time, or in little pieces (moderation).
3) Watch the movie “Wall-E” ($3 on youtube at Discuss with your child the following questions.

a) What did humans do to cause them to leave earth?
b) Did they change their ways when they left?
c) Why did they eventually change?
d) Is it possible to make the same choices to change for us? Why or why not?
e) What steps would it take for us to make those changes?

May 2016 – Challenge of the Month:

Family members (age appropriate) read “Key 4 – Holding On Loosely”

Challenge of the Month: After reading the chapter, invite another parishioner (perhaps someone new) over to dinner (or accept their invitation) and discuss the following questions:

1) What security object did you hold onto when you were a child?
2) What adult security blankets do we sometimes turn to?
3) What does it mean to be a steward of God’s creation?
4) How can the Lord’s Prayer be considered our “declaration of dependence”?

Children’s Alternative Activity:

Watch the movie The Nut Job which can be found on Netflix Streaming. After the movie, discuss the following questions with your child.
1) Why was Surley not liked by the park animals to begin with? What do you think made him act that way?
2) In the end who was more greedy? Surley? The Racoon? Others? What does greed for having things do to a person? Do you know people like that in your own life?
3) How can you learn the lesson Surley learned without having to go through the same trials? What can you do in general to not be attached to things (to be more generous)? What is one concrete thing you can do this week? Make a plan with your family to do that one thing.


March 2016 – Challenge of the Month:

Family members (age appropriate) read “Key 3 – Think Before Acting”

Challenge of the Month: After reading the chapter, take 1/2 hour of time for yourself and reflect on the following questions. Perhaps you will find it useful to write down your responses in a journal or blog.

1) What is some good advice for discerning when under fire?

2) Who are your “lifelines” (e.g. who do you turn to for help when discerning?)

3) How do you understand the notion of God’s anger?

4) How can anger be a good thing?

5) What does it mean to you to “wear the helmet of salvation?” (Eph 6:17)

Children’s Alternative Activity: Teaching children appropriate responses to anger is important. We have two websites for you to visit that have excellent activities for teaching children about anger. The first even uses the cultural hit “Angry Birds” Chose 2 of the 50 proposed activities to do with your kids. Then have a conversation using insights that you have gained from reading Key 3. Be sure both to ask and your response —  What do you do when you are angry? How might you better stop and think before acting? Is it ever OK to be angry? When and how?


February 2016 – Challenge of the Month:

Have family members (age appropriate) read “Key 2 – Actively Seeking the Good of Others”

Challenge of the Month: After reading the chapter, plan to have a family meal together in which each family member reflects and discusses the following questions. Adapt the questions for younger children and seek their input, even if they haven’t ready the chapter.

  1. What do you most fear losing?
  2. What prevents you from actively seeking the good of others?
  3. What situations cause you to compare yourself with others? To whom do you most often compare yourself?
  4. What can we learn from the examples of St. Paul, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Francis of Assisi, and Mother Teresa with regards to “playing by the new rules” of Jesus?

February Children’s Alternative Activity:


  • Watch the following youtube clip “The Coat: A Story of Charity” Ask your child what he/she feels when he/she sees this video. Ask him/her to think about all the gifts that he/she has received. What can be done to help others who don’t have as many gifts?
  • Watch the following youtube clip “Kid President – How to Change the World.” Ask your child what he/she feels when he/she sees this video. Ask him/her what problems he/she sees in the world. Ask him/her what “little people living out big love” would look like? Would it be awesome?


January 2016 – Challenge of the Month:

Have all family members (age appropriate) should read the first chapter “Key 1 – Seeing Yourself as You Really Are”

After reading the chapter, take 1/2 hour of time for yourself and reflect on the following questions. Perhaps you will find it useful to write down your responses in a journal or blog. (If you blog, be sure to share it with us so we can pass along your reflections!)

1) Who in your life plays the role of the court jester? Who keeps you humble?

2) What are recent examples of celebrities or athletes “tooting their own horns”? Why are spiritual wellness and “tooting your own horn” incompatible?

3) How does gratitude help us to practice humility?

4) Who are examples from Scripture of humility, and how can we emulate them?


January Children’s Alternative Activity:

Watch the movie “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2.” (on Netflix) Afterwards discuss what happens to Flint Lockwood with the following questions:

When Flint thinks that his ideas are better than everyone else’s, what happened to him? What happened to his friends? Did it make him happy? What ultimately allowed him to be happy? How can we keep from being too proud about things and who can help us do that? – Use the insights from reading Key 1 to talk with your child.


For more information about the book 7 Keyes to Spiritual Wellness, watch this short video featuring the author Joe Paprocki.



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