[From the Recovery Commission of the Diocese of Bethlehem]
The Recovery Commission is encouraging parishes to participate in the Family Day, sponsored by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. In cooperation with the Commission, Bishop Paul has proclaimed Monday, September 25, as the diocesan community’s Family Day, A Day to Eat Dinner With Your Children.
This is a national effort to promote parental engagement as a simple, effective way to reduce youth substance abuse risk and to raise healthier children. A child who reaches age 21 without using drugs, smoking cigarettes or abusing alcohol is virtually certain never to do so. Research shows that the more often children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink, or use illegal drugs.
Materials and ideas for this day can be downloaded at www.CASAFamilyDay.org Announcements could be made in a bulletin insert or in e-mail mailings. We encourage parishes to participate in creative ways and to recognize persons who indicate they are going to participate in the program. Please contact John Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Donna Jean Kiessling, email@example.com, members of the Recovery Commission, so we know your parish is joining this national effort.
If you wish to publish the Bishop’s Family Day proclamation in parish mailings and/or bulletins, you may download it below.