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JANUARY 2017 edition of The Domestic Church publication
Send E-mails to Socorro at: struchan@diokzoo.org
 
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Taking Family, Marriage and Parenting Seriously and Faithfully

STUDENT CONTEST DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 15TH...
Prizes include $100 per winning entry...
(See article below for details)
"The Evangelizing Family"
Find out how to participate at the website here:

http://www.diokzoo.org/student-art-contest
DEADLINE is FEBRUARY 15th, 2017
There still is time to participate and for a chance to win one of many great prizes!!!

7 Tips for the New Year You…

  1. Make peace with your past
    so it does not spoil your present.
  2. What others think of you is
    none of your concern.
  3. Time heals.
    Give the time, some time.
  4. No one is the reason of your happiness
    except you yourself. Be grateful. Smile more often.
  5. Do not compare your life with others,
    you have no idea what their journey is all about.
  6. Stop thinking too much,
    it is alright not to know all the answers.
  7. Be grateful. Smile, you do not own
    all the problems in the world.

Dear God,
I believe each of us has been gifted great purpose!
I pray that I can help others be encouraged to fulfill their purpose and Your will for their lives.
May Your Holy Spirit use me to speak life into them, to share inspiration and ideas, to affirm, and keep accountable.
Whether it is my spouse, my child, a stranger in need, or anyone else You place in my life…help me be a blessing.
Give me the courage to stand for the Truth in all situations.
Help us to walk together in peace with one another,
acknowledging our diversity as the body of Christ.
Amen!

The virtues are necessary in marriage. Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance guide spouses in making wise decisions, and in treating each other fairly. They help husband and wife find the strength to face difficult moments, and to use self-control to manage their emotions and desires. On the other hand, imagine what a couple’s life would be like if the spouses lacked prudence, were unfair, lacked courage, and self-control. The marriage would not last. With these downloadable flyers… couples are reminded of those good habits that lead to personal maturity and to a great marriage.
 
“Human virtues are stable dispositions of the intellect and the will that govern our acts, order our passions, and guide our conduct in accordance with reason and faith.” (CCC1834)
Resource: http://www.the-virtues.net/

PRUDENCE - The Habit of Making Wise Decisions
Use this flyer as a bulletin insert, and as a handout for the couples. Flyer is available for FREE download at http://www.the-virtues.net/download-materials/materials-for-parishes/

The Pastoral Response in Accompanying Families in Faith
The Strong Catholic Families National Partnership Invites ministry leaders, teachers, school leaders, parents and clergy to join together with others around the globe in a webinar series focusing on the pastoral implementation of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. Four Master Teachers will present video reflections on the following themes, followed by two sets of live panels reacting to the content and discussing practical applications to various ministries.

Save-the-dates:
Engaging for Mission - on January 8 and January 25, 2017
 
Register at www.strongcatholicfamilies.org/amoriswebinar/ or e-mail akopp@ncea.org

A Strong Family

Today there is an urgent need a need to strengthen families from within. In order to give our children a deep and lasting impression, values must be handed down with greater influence and impact. A family must be far stronger than was previously necessary. To strengthen your family:

1. Rely first of all on God's grace to help you.
2. Have your priorities in line.
3. Persist in your effort to keep family life joyful.

Only when your family is strong will it have the necessary impact to reach the hearts of your children. And when you reach them, you can begin to teach them to love our Lord. To love Him by imitating Him, for love seeks to imitate the One Who is loved. To imitate Him in obedience and in the practice of Christian virtue.

Parents, be strong in your convictions. Be convinced that the first way to strengthen your family is to not rely on your own power, but on God's grace. For your family to live as good Catholics, your lives need to revolve around Jesus Christ, not just hoping He fits into your lifestyle somewhere.

In parenting, there is always one way to go: getting better at it. When you sometimes fail or it seems that what you do is not getting through to your child, it's important not to be discouraged. But rather, place it all in God's hands when you have done what you can do. God can take all things, even our failures and mistakes and use them for good and He also wants us to give Him our failures and mistakes.

In raising our children, we as parents must keep constant vigilance over our true priorities, that what momentarily seems important does not interfere. God comes first, then your family. Everything else comes after your family.

One of the difficulties of the society we live in is that too rarely are we able to see or be with people who love to have and raise children. They consider it a privilege and do it with great enthusiasm and joy. Family life should be joyful, not sheer drudgery. If we are to make an impression and teach our children; if we hope to train them in virtue, it is joy that first prepares their hearts to be open.

But being joyful does not mean comfortable or without any difficulty. A joyful home is not selfish, disobedient, disorderly, prideful, envious or jealous. It is a home where charity and unselfishness abound; where there is no anger. Trust in God replaces tension because, with God's grace, things are not given more importance than they should have.

To be joyful in family life is so important. How you present things to your children can make the difference between making life challenging or making it a drudgery. Your cheerfulness also sends a message to them: I'm happy to be here with you and to do things with you. If being with your children and raising them to be exemplary followers of Christ is important and worthwhile, don't do it with mediocrity and lukewarmness.

Being cheerful can be difficult, when we are not feeling joyful. There are enough reasons to be sad or cross. This is true in all families. A parent's sad or angry mood sets the tone and atmosphere for everyone. What is needed is at least one member of the family who is strong enough to remain cheerful, peaceful and loving to lift up the others.

There are people who are almost always so cheerful that others are refreshed by their conversation. What is different about these people? Not their freedom from trial. On the contrary, habitually cheerful people are selfless and do not spend time dwelling on their trials. If parents are like this, their children will be well-adjusted.
Resource: Teaching the Catholic Faith Effectively

SAVE-THE-DATE !!! "The Missionary Impulse Within Our Families: Intersections With Catholic Social Teaching." Check it out here: http://nacflm.org/conference/
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY...
Pro-Life Prayers
Prayer is the foundation of all that we do in defense of human life. Say a short prayer or blessing. Meditate or ask God's intercession. Devote some time to pray a Holy Hour, or commit to a novena or Stations of the Cross. Special prayers are called for those who have lost a child due to miscarriage, abortion or other cause.
The U.S. Bishops called for pro-life petitions at every Mass in the "Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities." Our Word of Life series is an easy way to do this.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat
February 24-26, 2017 
 
Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreats are a beautiful opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion. Designed for women and men, the retreat process is an opportunity to surface and release repressed feelings of anger, shame, guilt and grief. It is a specific process to help you experience the mercy and compassion of God and grieve the loss of your unborn child or children.
This retreat will be held in the Kalamazoo area
For more information or to register,
call (616) 340-1824 or toll free 1-800-800-8284 or email mwalsh@ccwestmi.org
All inquiries are strictly confidential. Financial assistance is available.
The retreat is sponsored by the Diocese of Kalamazoo.
Marriage Enrichment Series continues...
The Discovering Our Deepest Desire Program consists of a series of evenings of interaction, prayer, reflection, and activities designed to support couples in renewing their understanding of what it means to have a Sacramental Marriage and to rediscover the one they fell in love with.

For more information about the DODD marriage enrichment program and how to begin in your parish, call Socorro at 269-903-0199 or visit: www.ourdeepestdesire.com
Calling all Students in grades 4th - 12th!!! PRIZES are waiting...
We need your entries first!
DEADLINE is next month = FEBRUARY 15
"The Evangelizing Family"
Find out how to participate at the website here:

http://www.diokzoo.org/student-art-contest
DEADLINE is FEBRUARY 15th, 2017
There still is time to participate and for a chance to win one of many great prizes!!!

CDM is the ministry of the North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics, Inc., a nonprofit corporation. CDM provides parishes with literature and training.

To obtain more information: visit the CDM/NACSDC web site at www.nacsdc.org; send email to office@nacsdc.org; call the CDM/NACSDC Central Office at 855-727-2269; or write to CDM, P.O. Box 10, Hancock, MI 49930.

Are you a widower? Widowed Men's Fellowship
Please join us on January 11th, 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 struchan@diokzoo.org

Joy Filled Marriage Weekends for the 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:

January 21-22 (CLOSED)

March 25-26
May 20-21
July 15-16


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: http://www.diokzoo.org/marriage-preparation or contact Socorro at: struchan@diokzoo.org via phone at: 269-903-0199
JFM and married couples
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? If you answered yes or no to any of these questions and would like more information, please contact Socorro at 269-903-0199 or via email at struchan@diokzoo.org 
"Widowed Friends" Support Group
for men and women who have lost a spouse...

"Widowed Friends" Support Group for Men and Women 
widowed men and women - are invited to gather on the 4th Wednesday of each month, continuing in 2017:
Please join us on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
TIME: 4 - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: DPC (same location)
THEME: "Renewed in Grace"

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

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