DECEMBER 2015 edition of The Domestic Church publication
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What is your favorite and most memorable family Christmas tradition?

     I can remember embarking on a three-day journey - by car - to visit my grandparents for Christmas... As children, my siblings and I considered this our yearly adventure! My dad would pack the car. My mom would prepare our carry-on bags with lots of little things to keep us entertained along the way.

     At the end of the first day; we'd stop and stay with my aunt and uncle (and cousins) in a small town on the way north towards Sonora (where my grandparents lived). On the second day, we'd stay with another uncle, and his wife and family (more cousins!)...

     Though each daily visit - and overnight stay with relatives - brought us closer to our 'final destination'; we always looked forward to the journeying part of the trip because it was the only time of the year when we'd get to visit/play/share with other family members who lived far away from us...

     On the third day, we would arrive at my grandparents' home in northern Mexico, and it would always make us 'jump-for-joy' in anticipation of the welcoming arms from our loving grandparents, and delicious meals we'd be savoring for several days during Christmas...not to mention helping to decorate the Christmas tree...joining together for Midnight Mass...and then later; pretending to fall asleep quickly so that 'Santa' could arrive and deliver gifts for us all 'good little boys and girls'! God is so good!!!  

Important Reminders from the Lord’s Prayer

1- God is our Father
"Our Father… who are in heaven…"
God is our Father. He loves and cherishes each one of His children. Every soul is priceless!

2- God is Almighty
"Hallowed be Your name."
He is Almighty and All Powerful. His name is above all names, and He is to be exalted.
3- We can live a bit of heaven on earth
"Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done, On Earth as it is in Heaven"
When we turn our lives daily over to God, and allow Him to change our world through His Kingdom and His Righteousness...we experience a life of joy and peace…
4- God meets our needs
"Give us this day our daily bread"
How awesome is that? God will meet our daily needs (BIG or small). He takes joy in providing for all His children.
5- We must be quick to forgive
"Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us"
We must always remember to be quick to forgive others … because our Heavenly Father is quick to forgive each of us.
6- God protects and guides
"Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
We have a Mighty Protector who can help us when temptation strikes. All we need to do is ask Him! All we need to do is turn to God as our Father…and He will take care of us from morning till night.
"The mercy of God has no limits if one turns to him with a sincere and contrite heart." - Pope Francis
Pope Francis said in the document called a “bull of indiction,” and is titled “Misericordiae Vultus” (“The Face of Mercy”) that he wants the year, which will begin December 8th, 2015, to be a time for Catholics to contemplate just how merciful God has been to them and to understand better how they are called to be merciful to others in turn.

Mercy, the pope wrote, is “the beating heart of the Gospel.”

“How much I desire that the year to come will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God,” he wrote. “May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the kingdom of God is already present in our midst.”

Are you a widower?
Join other widowed men for a time of fellowship and discussion...
DATE: Thursday, December 10, 2015
TIME: 4 to 5:30 pm
LOCATION: Diocesan Pastoral Center
215 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo

Questions? Please call Fr. Don Klingler at 269-254-8138 or Socorro at 269-903-0199 

September 15, 2015 - February 15, 2016

The Diocese of Kalamazoo in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus, invite students grades 4th—12th to submit original art, prose, poetry, musical compositions and videos; all reflecting the theme “The Merciful Family ”.

The work should display their God-given talents and convey how we live our call to be merciful within our families and in our communities.

We will accept works from students in Catholic schools, public schools and home schools (who attend faith-formation catechetical classes).
Following are the contest rules:

- Contest Criteria

- Contest Cover Sheet

- Contest Bilingual Flyer

Send in entries between September 15, 2015 and February 15, 2016 to be eligible for a number of great prizes.

Mail to: National Student Contest, Diocese of Kalamazoo, 215 N. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Questions? write to Socorro at

The Domestic Church Newsletter SPANISH edition is now available! A wonderful resource for Spanish-speaking (reading) families. To subscribe please contact Socorro at 269-903-0199 or via e-mail

Joy Filled Marriage Weekends for the Engaged for 2016
 Joy-Filled Marriage - A marriage preparation weekend for engaged couples. The Joy-Filled Marriage is a comprehensive marriage preparation program rooted in virtues as well as the Theology of the Body. The program incorporates rich Catholic theology with sound psychology.

2016 Joy-Filled Marriage Weekend Dates - 2016:

January 16-17

March 12-13

May 14-15

July 16-17

September 24-25

November 12-13

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY in order to guarantee your place!

LOCATION: Transformations Retreat Center at 3427 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048 (directions). To register for a weekend, please visit our website here: or contact Socorro at: via phone at: 269-903-0199
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