APRIL 2017 edition of The Domestic Church publication
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Taking Family, Marriage and Parenting Seriously and Faithfully

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"Family at the Crossroads:  
Ministering with Hope and Joy during a Time of Diversity and Change"

This will be the theme for the Regional Convocation for Marriage and Family Life Ministers in Michigan and Ohio (NACFLM)

May 22-24, 2017

LOCATION: St. Paul Retreat Center in Detroit, Michigan

Presenters will include:
- Dr. Timothy Hogan
- Importance of accompanying marriages – per Amoris Laetitia
- Dr. Ralph Martin - Why ministry to families matters: the truth about mercy 
- Lucia Luzondo - Personal encounters and relationship-building across diverse groups and the V Encuentro mission

and many more!!!
to register visit
or more details contact Socorro at 269-903-0199 or

NACFLM Region VI Convocation is May 22-24, 2017
“Family at the Crossroads: Ministering with Hope and Joy during a Time of Diversity and Change” join many who minister to families in Michigan
and Ohio. NACFLM membership not required. We hope to share in our journey together as we live out the call to grow in holiness as Christian family or small domestic churches in the world. Main presenters include Dr. Timothy Hogan - “Three Critical Ways to Accompany Marriages — per Amoris Laetitia” Dr. Ralph Martin - “Why ministry to families matters: the truth about mercy” and Lucia Luzondo – “Intercultural Conversations & the Hispanic Experience of Family Life” “The V Encuentro Process of Accompaniment” (bilingual)
 Registration Form and Schedule

Saint Gianna Beretta Molla (4 October 1922 – 28 April 1962) was an Italian pediatrician.

NFP for Couples in Battle Creek begins August 26, 2017
Class series at St Joe's in Battle Creek on Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30pm on August 26th, September 23rd, and October 28th.

Couples can register for the classes (we are starting a class in Jackson in a couple weeks) at  They can learn more about the main course options at

Start Date: Aug 26th, 2017 - Saturday 09:30 AM
Class 2: Sep 23rd, 2017 Class 3: Oct 28th, 2017                     
Location: St Joseph Parish 61 23rd Street North, Battle Creek, Michigan 49015          
Read more about this course
Teaching Couple: Jasko, Nicholas and Elissa register for this course
Marriages are growing in holiness as spouses discover their deepest desire...
The Discovering Our Deepest Desire Program consists of a series of evenings of interaction, prayer, reflection, and activities designed to strengthen marriages. During this Lenten season, consider signing up for the next series that begins March 8th.

For more information about the DODD marriage enrichment program and how to begin in your parish, call Socorro at 269-903-0199 or visit:

Are you a widower? Widowed Men's Fellowship
Please join us on Wednesday, APRIL 12, 2017
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

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 2017
 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.
2017 Joy-Filled Marriage Weekend Dates 2017:
May 20-21 (CLOSED)
July 15-16
September 23-24
November 11-12

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
JFM and married couples as mentors
Are you married and living a joy-filled marriage? Would you like to learn about the JFM way to marital holiness? Do you know what JFM is all about? We are in search of married couples who wish to help engaged couples in their marriage preparation process. For more information, please contact Socorro at 269-903-0199 or via email at 
"Widowed Friends"

"Widowed Friends" Support Group for Men and Women 
Please join us on Wednesday, APRIL 26, 2017
THEME: "REJOICE in the Spirit"
TIME: 4:00 - 5:30 PM

LOCATION: Diocesan Pastoral Center
215 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo

Questions? Please contact Socorro at 269-903-0199 or via email

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