Parent University

St. Joseph Marello Catholic Parish in Granite Bay is sponsoring a parenting ministry that addresses the fundamental concerns of the modern parent and the issues facing children and families today. The founder of Banana Moments Foundation, Joanna Jullien, is the chair of this Parenting Ministry Committee, an answer to her prayer for strengthening the parent-child bond in a cyber-powered world.

The objective of this ministry is to encourage and inspire parents of all faiths to govern their cyber-powered homes with peace of mind and confidence that comes from our God-given authority to worship as we please. Accordingly, this ministry will help parents understand how technology conditions children for authority differently, and the new demands to govern the home with certain authority and address the risky ideas, activities and connections that lead to anxiety, addiction, exploitation, and distracted living. Grandparents and step-parents are encouraged to attend the events.

This parenting ministry is ecumenical, inter-faith friendly and is open to the public. It will address the modern parenting issues including the undue influence of texting and social media, power struggles, learning challenges and disabilities, bullying, and addictions (including substance abuse).

Father Philip Massetti is the pastor of SJM.  “We want to encourage and support parents who have a very challenging job today,” he said. “And we know that a parent’s faith is a critical foundation that is easily eroded by the hectic, distracted lifestyles intensified by the cyber communications. We want to encourageall parents of different religions to rely upon their own faith in who God is and what He has already done for us as in order to strengthen their own relationships with their children.”


St. Joseph Marello, advocate for the parent-child bond.

St. Joseph Marello, advocate for the parent-child bond.

2015-2016 Parenting Ministry Schedule

St. Joseph Marello Catholic Church

7200 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay, CA 95746 916-786-5001


“To educate is to enlighten the mind and warm the heart to the love of God.”  – St. Joseph Marello

All trainings are designed to offer high-impact insights, concepts and skills to strengthen parent confidence in their spiritual leadership role at home.

Childcare evenings & Saturdays: To sign up contact Eloisa Espiritu one week prior to the training; there is a a fee of $10 per child/$30 per family with 3+kids.

Download the schedule to share: 2015-2016 SJM Parent University Schedule


Preparing youth for transition points: Starting middle school, high school, and college

Tues., August 4, 6:30 pm—8pm and encore Wed August 5, 10am to 11:30am   Every graduation brings promise and uncertainty. How to clarify anxiety your child may be experiencing and impart wisdom for handling new academic & social challenges with holy confidence.

Bully prevention & intervention strategies for home and school

Tues., September 15, 2015 6:30 pm  – 8pm, and encore Wed., September 16, 10 am to 11:30amChildren are experiencing a hostile social environment inspired by mobile connectivity. This session provides an overview of the bully climate at school and the role of parents, children and school administration to address it as families and as a community.

 Social Media Workshop

Sat. October 24, 2015 9am to noon Provides an overview of the social media landscape children navigate and offers tips and insights for governing the home with mobile devices, texting and social media.

The practical value of virtues & Sacraments workshop

Sat., February 20, 9am to noon  Faith formation starts at home with the parent communicating their spiritual  wisdom heart-to-heart. This workshop offers insights to help parents communicate with greater confidence how virtues and Sacraments  make manifest in the individual the power of God’s love which brings about peace.

Academic success tips for every child and the learning disabled (dyslexia, attention deficit)

Sat. March 12, 9am to noon  New Date! Sat. April 30, 2016, 9am to noon Every child has the capacity to learn and learning how to learn is one of the most important life skills. This workshop offers tips for overcoming learning challenges with confidence and hope.

Fearless communication about drugs, alcohol and addiction

Tues., May 24, 6:30pm—8pm and encore Wed. May 25, 10am to 11:30am  Explores how the cyber-social ream is informing children about drugs & alcohol and how to talk about the feelings and urges that tempt us to abuse substances and establish open communication with your child so you can impart wisdom.



All trainings are ecumenical, free, open to the public and held at 7200 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay, Ca. 95746. For more information about the program events and trainings, contact SJM Parenting Ministry Chair, Joanna Jullien at 916-521-7203 or

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.