Family Life Committee
The Family Life Committee develops and coordinates enrichment opportunities and programs for families at various stages of the life cycle. If you would like more information about this committee, you may email Sheila De Luca or call the Parish Office.
A Prayer for Families
We praise You, O God, for sending your own incarnate Son,
to become part of a family, so that, as he lived family life,
he would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask You, God, to protect and watch over our family,
so that we may have the strength of Your grace
and we may enjoy prosperity in all we do,
possess the priceless gift of Your peace,
and, as the Church alive in the home,
share our faith in this world to give You glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Additional family prayers and materials can be found at: www.familyandchurch.org)
VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children
From the Generations of Faith Newsletter by Leif Kerwald:
When families deliberately discuss issues of faith, belief, spirituality, and worship, it shows children and teens that faith is a priority, and it makes a real difference in the ways they live their lives. Encourage parents and grandparents to share their stories and faith journeys, as these can be a powerful influence on the faith of young people.
Reassure parents and grandparents that they don’t need to have an answer for every question that arises. But let them know that young people are genuinely interested in knowing what their parents’ beliefs and convictions are. They want the adults in their lives to take a stand.
Here are a few suggestions for families to engage in faith conversation with each other. Add your own suggestions to the list, or tailor it to your topic at hand. Pass these along to your community in whatever creative way you can imagine.
- Take opportunities to pray together.
- Take advantage of teachable moments. The more in touch we are with our own faith journey, the fewer teachable moments will escape us.
- Take time to listen and share. What is the “talkative” time of day for your child, spouse, or friend?
- Allow doubts and different opinions to be expressed.
- Be willing to be questioned about your own views and beliefs.
- Take one-to-one time with each child. Build personal memories together.
- Use Scripture as a source for discussing an issue.
- Use media (TV, radio, computer, etc.) and current events as discussion starters.
Suggested Books to Read
Love and Respect by Dr. Emmerson Eggerichs
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
The FiveLanguages of Apology by Gary Chapman
The 4 Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman
God Knows Marriage By Maureen Rogers Law
The 7 Best Things Happy Couples Do By John Friel Ph.D. & Linda Friel M.A.
A Daring Promise by Richard Gaillardetz
Yearnings by Rabbi Irwin Kula
Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning
Definition: NFP enables spouses to space births according to the naturally occurring phases of fertility and infertility in the menstrual cycle. The Church has accepted this innovation of the 20th century as a morally acceptable means of spacing and limiting births in married life.
Sympto-Thermal Method – www.ccli.org
Ovulation Method – http://www.creightonmodel.com/
Ovulation Method – http://www.familyplanning.net/
Sympto-Thermal Method – http://www.nwfs.org/couples-a-singles/natural-family-planning.html
Marquette Model – http://nfp.marquette.edu/
Kippley-Prem Method – http://www.nfpandmore.org/index.shtml
Fertility Health Concerns – http://www.popepaulvi.com/