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Jun 2, 2021

Raising Young Kids in the Faith

The Ascension Team

How do we evangelize our young children? Dave “The Ransom Is Paid” VanVickle and I share our experience raising young kids in the faith and give you practical ways to share Christ with them so they grow up with a strong faith.

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“Don’t isolate your children from the world out of fear. Teach them to be the salt and light of the world, not to escape the world.”


Raising Young Kids in the Faith:

  • Start sharing the faith with your kids early. Don’t wait until you see red flags to share Christ with them. Christ should not be an emergency room doctor in the lives of your children.

  • Be a witness. Make sure you model holiness to your children, and also talk about the faith at home regularly.

  • Expose your children to a wide variety to Catholic traditions and spiritualities. Don’t impose your own spirituality on your children, allow them to build their own unique relationship with Christ.

  • Do not reduce Christianity to just morality or rules.

  • Explain the meaning behind all the things we do in regards to the faith. 

  • Foster a good grasp of the Kerygma. Try to incorporate the Gospel in family prayer.

  • Teach your children to navigate the world by holding onto the good in the world and avoiding the evil in the world. Don’t isolate your children from the world out of fear, teach them to bring the salt and light of Christ into the world, not to escape the world. Remind them that the world is worth living for and teach them to discern between good and evil in the world.

  • Implement natural discipline into their lives, discipline is needed in order to follow Christ.

  • Stop trying to meet every need and desire of your child.  Don’t try to keep them constantly entertained and busy. The Christian life is a fully human life, teach your children how to deal with being alone and how to deal with boredom. 

3 Practical Takeaways

  1. Learn about St.Philip Neri.
  2. Purchase  The Great Adventure Kids Catholic Bible Chronicles (ages 8-12).

    The Great Adventure Kids Catholic Bible Chronicles is designed to help children ages 8-12 understand the greatest story of all time. It features 70 stories carefully chosen to capture the story of salvation history in its entirety from Adam and Eve to Christ and the Apostles.
  3. Provide  moments of encounter to give your kids an opportunity to respond to Christ’s love. 


Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past ten years, both as a full-time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries.

Michael is also the founder and creative director of, and the producer and cohost of a Catholic young adult podcast Catching Foxes, which discusses the collision of Faith and Culture.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night, which is alright by him.


David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

Dave is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Amber and their five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.

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