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Heart of the Nation produces and televises weekly Sunday Mass nationwide, providing compassionate spiritual care for Catholics unable to participate in holy Mass at a parish.

For the faithful who can’t get to church because of the frailties of age, illness or injury, lack of transportation, or other struggles, “My Sunday Mass” on TV and online offers a connection with the Lord Jesus and the community of faith.

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Since Holy Saturday, 1984, Heart of the Nation has televised Sunday TV Mass. Today, more than 68 million TV households nationwide can tune in the Mass on the ION Network and additional channels. The online Mass makes Catholic Sunday liturgy available to travelers, troops, and others around the globe.

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My Family



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With this post I want to pose some questions.  Do you love being with your family more than your friends ?  It’s a more difficult question than most of us give the time of day.  We all want to say our families are the only thing that truly matters, but is that the truth or just what we tell ourselves.


Would you rather watch football with your friends or at home with your wife and kids ?

When you go out, is it with your wife or with your friends or both ?

Do you talk with your significant other more than your co-workers ? Hour for hour ?

With all these questions in mind, do you care more about work related things than personal ones ?  When I think of my family it seems like all my interests are on family but that is mostly do to my families unique make-up. My son is Autistic and my wife is Epileptic. Even with all these issues, I find myself focusing on outside interests.

In conclusion,  I would like to know if anyone out there feels like they spend to much time or not enough time with their family or at work and why they think that way.  Any input would help my research.  Thank you for your time… JG




With all the dysfunctional communication, unlimited texting, and pre-teens coming down with Bieber fever, this year has been a wild ride for the American family.
Mr. Husband, Family Members, Neighbors and Distinguished Pets:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tradition requires that, from time to time, we submit to the household information about the state of the family. Families have always done this, in good times and bad, even when no one is actually listening.

But if you could stop texting for just a minute, we are confident that we can come together in recognition that our common interest in a workable plan for managing laundry and trash pickup is stronger than the problems we face. If the state of the family over the past year could be summed up in one word, that word would be “disarray.” It’s true.

From our finances to our cell phone plans to our completely dysfunctional system of communication, it’s obvious that this family faces challenges our forefamilies could not have imagined.

It didn’t help that Wall Street pulled the rug out from under the economy just as our children were hitting their teenage years. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t such a good idea to get them used to the idea of regular meals or unlimited texting, but in our defense, no one could have foreseen the consequences of having invested the bulk of our savings in orthodontia.

It has been a tough year. No one knows this better than the man who juggles our bills, changes our light bulbs and strenuously avoids getting dragged into our disputes. We’re talking about Dad, of course, and no State of the Family would be complete without acknowledging his tremendous contribution to our ongoing near-viability as a financial concern. Thanks to his efforts in an industry that is not yet completely obsolete, we are not yet living out of our car.

Dad teaches us that, no matter how strongly we may disagree with one another on the issues, he does not want to hear about it while ” Big Bang Theory” is on.

No matter how difficult things may be, there is no institution as resilient as the American Family. Just ask anyone who has ever tried to get out of Thanksgiving with the in-laws or spend the holidays on a cruise “just this once.”

Tell us about your family. The fun stuff and the not so fun stuff.   JG


A definition of the family



The exact meaning of “immediate family” varies, and will sometimes be defined in legislation or rules for a particular purpose. This can change over time: in 2005 the Scottish Government proposed to change the definition for purposes of compensation payments after deaths. The definition was to be expanded from “a remaining spouse, opposite-sex co-habitant, parent, step-parent or step-child, parent-in-law or child-in-law or any person who was accepted by the deceased as a child of his/her family” to include “any person who had accepted the deceased as a child of the family, the brother or sister of the deceased, any person brought up in the same household as a child and who was him/herself accepted as a child of the family, the same sex partner of the deceased, or any person who was the grandparent or grandchild of the deceased”.[3]

The Missouri Code of State Regulations,19 CSR 15-7.021 (18) (H) states that “an immediate family member is defined as a parent; sibling; child by blood, adoption, or marriage; spouse; grandparent or grandchild.”[6]

The Australian Fair Work Act 2009, Section 12, defines immediate family as “a spouse, de facto partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of the employee; or a child, parent, grandparent or sibling of a spouse or de facto partner of the employee.”, and “the definition of the term ‘de facto partner’ includes a former de facto partner.”[7]

A travel insurance policy which covers curtailment due to the death or illness of a member of the policy-holder’s “immediate family” uses a wide definition but adds residential requirements: “Immediate Family is your Partner, and: parents, children, stepchildren, fostered or adopted children, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, or grandparents, of either you or your Partner, who live in your Home Country.” and “Partner is your spouse or someone of either sex with whom you have a permanent relationship, and who also lives with you at your Home.”[8]

Entertainment for the Entire Family


First post : This blog is just about my family. All of them. We have fun when we can and we are strong when we need to be. The purpose is to celebrate the family and all of its idiosyncrasies. Feel free to write anything and everything you like and I’ll attempt to do the same. If your wondering about the video, don’t . It’s just one of my favorite styles of music.