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Friday, June 23

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

10:00 – 10:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

St. Thomas Aquinas and Virtue Training

Fr. Jerome Magat

Learn more about four virtues that are often misundestood but are essential to the upbringing of children within a Christian framework (obedience, humility, religion, and meekness).

East Ballroom Parent Track

Actually Getting Your Children to Do Their Schoolwork

Mary Ellen Barrett

Most young children are not wired to sit still and bring a great deal of thought to school work; they would really rather be tearing around the house and the yard, and would be happy to never crack open a book. Mrs. Barrett will give some tips on how to use your child’s learning style to contain the fidgets and get the work done peacefully.

11:00 – 11:45am

West Ballroom Parent Track

How to Become a Modern Day Disciple

Jeff Cavins

Jeff will describe the life of a disciple two thousand years ago and then paint a piture of how that can become a reality for people today. This is a very practical talk about walking with God in the modern world. You will learn how to talk to Jesus on a daily basis.

East Ballroom Parent Track

From Homeschool Parent to Homeschool Teacher

Amy Kalscheur

Discover educational methods and applications of long-standing academic principles that can make a parent a better, goal-oriented teacher.

12:00 – 2:00pm Vendor Area Opens/Lunch
(Vendor Area remains open for the rest of the conference)

2:00 – 2:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Marriage: Small Steps, Big Rewards

Dr. Ray Guarendi

Building a better relationship with your spouse doesn’t mean learning exotic new communication techniques or rearranging your lifestyle. In fact, a few of Dr. Ray’s ten “small steps” are lessons you learned in grade school. Plus, with his “resistance rationales,” Dr. Ray helps you overcome any reluctance you might feel to taking these small steps.

East Ballroom Parent Track

A Historical Perspective on Families, Homeschooling, and the Public

Dr. Dixie Lane

Where did homeschooling really come from, and why has it grown so rapidly in recent years? This talk explores American homeschooling as a reflection of our times, our values, and our history—examining how homeschoolers and their wider communities came to creatively combine family rights with the public good to form American children.

3:00pm – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Raising Disciples of Jesus in an Age of Millennial Narcissism

Fr. Mark Rutherford

The Church is in a time of struggle in the United States, and the place of ascendancy the Church used to have 30-40 years ago has significantly decreased. Parents have the great challenge of preparing their childen for a new Apostolic Age. Let’s take a moment and listen to what the Church has been trying to teach us about mission and evangelization.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Simple Solutions to Teach Children Calmly and Effectively

Abby Sasscer

Based on her popular blog series, Abby will share principles of changing behavior, the “whys” behind behavior, and ten simple solutions so parents can teach their children good behavior calmly and effectively.

4:00pm – 4:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

The Family: The School of Love

Jeff Cavins

In an age when outside influences are pulling apart the fabric of the family, Jeff sounds an alarm that we must begin to see our families as a school of love. Jeff will offer suggestions on how to communicate the love of God to family members in the hope that children will grow up and continue building a school of love in their own families. Strong families are not the result of spiritual osmosis, but rather, a clear plan that is loved out through love and patience.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Young Children and the Mass

Ashley Zahorian

From "I don't want to go to Mass," through doughnut bribes, to traumatic experiences in the cry room, nothing worked until hearts and goals were changed! Hear some practical tips from a parent of young children to alleviate the feeling of dread before every Mass!

5:00 – 6:30pm Vendors Sales/Dinner Break

6:30 – 7:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Seven Titles of Jesus and the Truths They Reveal to Us

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

This talk will highlight the principal titles of Jesus in the Bible and use them to explain a portion of who Jesus is and the work He desires to do in us and through us.

East Ballroom Parent Track

How to Teach "That" Kid

Amy Kalscheur

Some children take to schoolwork like a fish takes to water. For others, they might show a complete lack of interest or find the work so difficult that they get discouraged. How do we help them? This talk gives practical ideas for teaching the difficult learner.

7:30 – 8:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Back to the Family

Dr. Ray Guarendi

This talk presents the results of a three-year, national search for strong families. It reveals those characteristics most common to strong families as well as the struggles and difficulties most families face. The results will reinforce some traditional ideas about family life while offering some reassuring surprises.

East Ballroom Parent Track

Homeschooling on a Single Income

Michael Kalscheur

Review the financial challenges homeschooling families face in today’s society and how to best handle them. Topics range from big-picture planning, to practical “rubber meets the road” suggestions on how to make your dollar work harder for you.

9:00pm – Conference Ends

Saturday, June 24

9:00am – Registration/Rosary

9:30 – 10:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Mary’s Battle for You and Your Family

Fr. Jeffrey Kirby

Explore the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the spiritual battle for our souls and the souls of our family members. Going through major events in salvation history, this talk will emphasize the central role of Mary and why devotion to her is necessary in Christian discipleship.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Oceans of Devotions: Living Our Lives as Youth of the Church

Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony

This talk will involve how to live out love and devotions of the Church as Catholic youth, with a focus on love, service, prayer, sacraments, and sacramentals.

10:30 – 11:15am

West Ballroom Parent Track

Conquering Corrupt Culture by Raising Christian Communicators

Andrew Pudewa

Today, many of us have a sense that major changes are coming, that soon our world may be very different in ways not necessarily convenient or comfortable. Yet, we must wake up each day and live as though things will continue on pretty much as they are. What should our priorities be, and how can we prepare our children to be “culture warriors?”

East Ballroom Teen Track

The Catholic Vision and Practice of Sports

Dr. Bill Thierfelder

Learn why play and sport are essential to who you are as a person. Listen to fascinating stories about incredible athletes who exhibited virtue under the most difficult circumstances. Learn the secrets to world-class performance and how your mental, physical, and spiritual gifts can be doubled so that in all things God may be glorified.

 

11:30am – 12:15pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Bless Me Father for I’m Exhausted

Mary Ellen Barrett

Are you feeling frazzled? Tired? Listless? Irritable? Does the idea of one more Algebra problem make you want to weep? Homeschool burnout is a real thing that happens to all of us at some time. Mrs. Barrett will help you identify the symptoms and causes of burnout and give you the keys to allow you to enjoy your homeschool lifestyle once again.

East Ballroom College Fair

College Fair 2017

Admissions representatives from Catholic colleges around the country will be giving 5-minute presentations about their respective institutions. This is perfect for teens and parents. Our participating colleges include:

12:30 – 2:00pm Lunch Break/Vendor Sales

2:00 – 2:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Managing Goals in the Sanctification of Marriage and Family

Fr. Gerard Saguto

This talk deals with false conceptions of perfection, holiness, and God’s use of just about everything for our genuine conversion—with some practical advice.

East Ballroom Teen Track

Persecution and the Underground Church in Japan

Dr. Christopher Lane

Explore the experience of Japanese Catholics, from the beginnings of intensive persecution in the 17th century to the revival of public Catholicism in the 19th century. Special attention will be paid to the means by which the underground Church kept the Faith alive in horrific circumstances.

3:00 – 3:45pm

West Ballroom Parent Track

Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination

Andrew Pudewa

Are fairy tales good, even important, for Christian students? Where did they come from, and what can they teach our children, and should we spend our valuable time reading them? Many parents feel uncertain in discerning the good and important literature from misleading and confusing books, stories, and movies.

4:30pm – Conference Ends