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Date

Friday April 1, 2016
12:00pm to 6:00pm

Address

St. Helena Catholic Church
1489 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422

Mr. Gary Zimak

Mr. Gary Zimak is a full time Catholic evangelist and the author of A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible, Listen To Your Blessed Mother and From Fear To Faith. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the country and is well known for his talks on overcoming...

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Mrs. Abby Sasscer

Mrs. Abby Sasscer was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in 1986. She is a wife, homeschooling mother of three, author, speaker and founder of Project Nazareth. In 2004, Abby’s family moved to a small home in the mountains...

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Mrs. Krista Thomas

Mrs. Krista Thomas is the devoted wife of Sean for 20 years, mother of three, veteran homeschooling mother, and Catholic convert. Together, they began the homeschooling venture to create a more authentic domestic church within their home. Krista has gleaned much practical experience over the years...

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Fr. Edward Connolly

Fr. Edward Connolly is a native of Philadelphia. A graduate of St. Joseph College, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English. Before entering the seminary in 1961, he worked as a Youth Rehabilitation Officer for two years. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. In recognition for his work, he was named “Man of the Year”...

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A Lost Sheep Catholic Store

A Lost Sheep Catholic Store is a mobile Catholic book and gift shop. Our goal is to nurture the spiritual growth of Catholics and Christians by providing books, bibles, study programs, and gifts/accessories to the public. We are a homeschooling family and understand the costs and needs of a budget minded family so we try to offer the best value on all of our products we carry.


American Life League - Culture of Life Studies Program

The Culture of Life Studies Program is an academic program that uses educational supplements to teach the gospel of life in every subject and in every grade. Our mission is to equip parents and teachers with the tools they need to educate students abot the respect for every human being's life through authentic Catholic social teaching and biblical principles.


Arx Publishing

Arx Publishing gives a voice to authors whose books uphold traditional Catholic values and promote the Culture of Life. Specializing in new historical fiction for young adults, Arx also publishes high fantasy fiction, devotional and scholarly works.


Chesterton Press

Chesterton Press is the publisher and distributor of fun Catholic fiction that evangelizes the imagination by telling a good story inspired by the innocent wit and wisdom of the great English writer G. K. Chesterton.


Gary Zimak


Ginger Himes Art Lessons

DVDs designed to give children confidence in drawing without using a lot of expensive equipment. Students learn basic skills in a relaxed step-by-step manner.


Hillside Education

Language Arts and Liturgical Year resources; Catholic homeschool magazine; Latin mass liturgical magazine.


Homeschool Connections

Homeschool Connections is a Catholic online curriculum provider, bringing the best Catholic instructors to you from around the world. Answering Blessed John Paul II’s call to the New Evangelization, Homeschool Connections uses the latest technology to give you live, interactive classes; independent-learning classes; free webinars for Catholic parents; and the Catholic History Video Project.


Homeschool Legal Defense Association

Since 1983 HSLDA have been pioneers in the homeschooling movement, and they are still fighting for homeschoolers today. They are the only organization that lobbies on behalf of homeschoolers in Washington D.C. and are a bastion of support, not just providing legal, but also practical, everyday support for 85,000 homeschooling families across the country.


Lighthouse Catholic Media

Our mission is to help Catholics understand, live, and share their faith. We do so by providing CDs, books and video-based study programs for individuals and parishes to grow in their faith. We have a web-based subscription program, FORMED, for parishes including movies, audio talks, downloadable books and video based study programs available to everyone right in their own homes on their own Internet devices. Spanish and children’s content included. Stop by the table and see!


Pauline Books and Media

Pauline Books and Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul whose ministry in the Church is to communicate the gospel message through all forms of media. The sisters publish books, record music, produce movies, and use various social media platforms. Publications include children's books, bible stories, lives of the saints, teacher resources and church documents.


Project Nazareth

Project Nazareth's mission is to inspire and encourage families to declutter and simplify their lives. We look to the Holy Family and the virtues they exemplified in their home in Nazareth, particularly the virtues of unconditional love, simplicity, holy detachment, trust in Divine Providence and true order within the domestic church. Abby Sasscer, founder of Project Nazareth, continues to write books and blogs in order to spread the message of simple living.


Queen of Heaven Academy

Queen of Heaven Academy (QHA) offers an economical online curriculum that is faithful to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church. Founded in 1995, Queen of Heaven Academy carries on the proven classical curriculum, 4 - 12th grade that has prepared students for acceptance in colleges across the nation and internationally. Homeschoolers, groups, co-ops, and schools all benefit from Queen of Heaven Academy's Catholic curriculum that is conveniently scheduled across three different time zones. Queen of Heaven offers assistance for special needs students and makes the internet a safe place for students with our exclusive St. John's SafetyNet program. Queen of Heaven Academy's high school program is accredited through the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS).


Seton Home Study School

Seton is a full-service Catholic curriculum provider and the largest publisher of Catholic textbooks in the English language. Serving over 15,000 enrolled students, Seton assists families by providing books, lesson plans, grading services, counseling services, and a wealth of online resources. At the conference, we are offering a $30 per child discount on enrollment (grades 1-12).


Seton Used Books

There is only a handful of conferences where Seton sells the used books that families return to us over the year. This one-day only sale is your only chance to pick up these great deals.


Teaching Textbooks

Math curriculum specifically designed for Homeschoolers. Math 3 through Pre-Calculus. Teaching Textbooks is approved by Seton Home Study School as a replacement math curriculum for Saxon Math.


Usborne Books and More

Usborne Books and More offers educational and engaging books for children of all ages. The future of our world depends on the education of our children. We deliver educational excellence one book at a time. We also offer book fairs and grant matching programs.


Friday, April 1

12:00pm – Registration/Vendor Area Opens

12:30pm – 1:15pm

“Be Not Afraid” (to Homeschool)!

Gary Zimak

Gary will share some of the techniques that he and his wife Eileen use to combat the anxiety of the homeschooling experience. They know first hand that a strong faith plays a big part in a peaceful homeschooling experience. Drawing from his best-selling book, A Worrier’s Guide to the Bible, you’ll find that it is possible not to worry…even if you’re homeschooling!

1:30pm – 2:15pm

How to Be a Homeschool Supermom

Krista Thomas

What does it take to be a Homeschool Supermom? Superpowers, of course–and every homeschool mom is equipped with superpowers to provide an incredibly satisfying Catholic homeschool experience that saves souls! Homeschool dads can have the same powers too.

 

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Simplifying Your Domestic Church

Abby Sasscer

This talk will present tips on how to declutter and organize your domestic church. These tips come straight from Abby’s book entitled Simplifying Your Domestic Church: A Spiritual Journal to Help Declutter, Organize and Systemize the Home.

 

3:30pm – 4:15pm

Am I Doing Enough?

Gary Zimak

One of the biggest challenges facing homeschooling parents is the feeling that they aren’t doing enough for their children. When is it time to step back and let the Lord take over? In this talk, Gary will offer practical advice for learning how to do your best and then let God do the rest!

 

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Marriage and Homeschooling: A Balancing Act

Krista Thomas

Based on lessons learned after years of teaching multiple children, organizing family activities, managing home and business, and the ups and downs of marital bliss, this talk will give you sound advice for getting through the tough times. Find out how to make your marriage stronger while making your homeschooling adventure a success.

5:00pm – 5:45pm

Missions and Submissions

Fr. Edward Connolly

Was St. Paul a misogynist? Did he teach that women are inferior to men? Can a self-respecting woman of the 21st century agree to submit to her husband? What are we to make of his injunction that wives should be submissive to their husbands? Is it time to edit that “offensive verse” out of Scripture?

6:00pm – Conference Ends