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NOVEMBER 2016 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

Prayer of Thanksgiving
O God, of Whose mercies there is no number, and of Whose goodness the treasure is infinite; we render thanks to Your most gracious majesty for the gifts You have bestowed upon us, evermore beseeching Your clemency, that as You grant the petitions of them that ask You, You will never forsake them, but will prepare for the reward to come. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Family life is so busy these days…Where do we begin?
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:
Assisting Families in Discerning God’s Movement  - on November 6 and December 7, 2016
Engaging for Mission - on January 8 and January 25, 2017

 
Register at www.strongcatholicfamilies.org/amoriswebinar/ or e-mail akopp@ncea.org

Is God calling you?  

Marriage is a VOCATION. 

We should not keep it to ourselves as a secret. 

If you have been married for more than 3 years and would like to share your joys and love for each other with those planning to marry, we have just the ministry for you: being a FOCCUS sponsor couple to an engaged couples.  If interested in learning more about this marriage preparation tool, call deacon joe. 381-8917x274 or email  jschmitt@sttomskazoo.org

 

Training will be November 10, 7:00–9:00 pm

Prayer for unity - Father, I thank you for blessing me with my family. I ask you to bring us into unity through You. I ask that anything that is hidden in darkness - to cause disunity - will be brought to light. I ask You to lead us into Your perfect truth and help us to be the family You intend us to be. Lord, help us to be a blessing to one another and to others. Reveal Yourself to us and let us come into agreement with You. Lead us in Your ways. Grant us compassionate hearts, fill us with Your love that does not keep records of wrong, and bring joy to our hearts when we think of one another. Bring Your perfect peace and unity into our family. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY...
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
Praying for one’s children is important...Begin with basic prayers...The Sign of the Cross: marks the imprint of Christ on the one who belongs to Him...
"The Evangelizing Family"
Find out how to participate at the website here:

http://www.diokzoo.org/student-art-contest

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
Join other widowed men for a time of fellowship and discussion... we gather monthly...so you are welcome to participate anytime...
DATES: 2nd Wednesday of each month: November 9
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 Engaged 2016 & 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.

November 12-13, 2016
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2017 Joy-Filled Marriage Weekend Dates - 2017:

January 21-22

March 25-26
May 20-21

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:
NOTE: NOVEMBER and DECEMBER NO MEETINGS
Questions? Fr. Don Klingler at 269-254-8138 or Socorro at 269-903-0199

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