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Games, walks and family bonding: Local families say crisis is building domestic church

From family game nights to friendly bets on the weather, local families are finding ways to cope and build the “domestic church” during this time of home confinement.

Beth Smith of Independence Township has enjoyed having four of her children home with her. Her college-age son is now taking his classes from Central Michigan University online, and her college-age daughter, who is studying nursing, is doing the same. Her two younger high school-age daughters who attend Everest Collegiate High School and Academy started online classes this week. 

“It’s actually been good,” Smith said. “The kids are really bonding. It’s not a negative at our house. It’s kind of nice. I’m really glad I have four of them here. We’ve been getting creative, cleaning out the freezer; the girls have been baking. They were binge-watching Jeopardy and shouting out answers and laughing. They are doing a lot of fun stuff.”

Her family took part in Pope Francis’ worldwide rosary on March 19, St. Joseph’s Day. And she said they are regularly going to Mass “on the couch with EWTN.”

“I have my holy water. I sprinkle it on their fingers so they can bless themselves and try to make it as normal as possible,” Smith said. “We really are living Lent.”

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