As Catholic Christians we believe the family is the foundation of Church and society. In the Church, our individual human families come together to celebrate our identity as the family of God. Jesus promised to be where two or three are gathered in his name (cf. Mt 18:20). We give the name church to the people whom the Lord gathers, who strive to follow His way of love, and through whose lives His saving presence is made known.
A family is our first community and the most basic way in which the Lord gathers us, forms us, and acts in the world. The early Church expressed this truth by calling the Christian family a domestic church or a church of the home.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) teaches us that, “as Christian families, you not only belong to the Church, but your daily life is a true expression of the Church.”
Our Family Life Ministry promotes this understanding of family through the following programs:
Respect Life - promoting the sanctity of human life and seeking ways to support the local life centers which offer aid and support to mothers in crisis pregnancies. Working in union with the Catholic Church on Pro-Life issues, this program educates parishioners on local and national events as well as upcoming legislation relevant to the protection of human life.
Bereavement - Seeking to comfort those who mourn, to serve those who hurt, and to be with those who feel alone in their losses, our parishioners lend support to their neighbors in the hour of need.
Marriage and Family Enrichment - Following the example of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the prototype of every Christian family, this part of the Family Life Ministry coordinates events such as: Supper and Substance, World Marriage Day, and the Blessing of Expectant Mothers. It also advertises and encourages couples to participate in marriage retreats throughout the archdiocese.
Familia - Educating mothers of young children on Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Pope John Paul II’s writings, this program offers mothers the opportunity to share the gift of faith while raising their children in a Christ-centered family.
Familia helps mothers deepen their understanding of the Church’s teachings and grow in their faith. These women discuss and share with others the practical application of the Church’s teachings in their everyday lives.