JUNE 2016 edition of The Domestic Church publication
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Eucharist as the center and heart of our families... Make sure to make time to attend Mass this summer, and celebrate as you go on vacations, too!

Are you ready for summer?
In today's world, it may seem countercultural to live as 'domestic church' (our family life), centered on the Eucharist and our Catholic faith. While some studies show that one quarter of the adults in the United States identify themselves as Catholic, there are also fewer than 25% of Catholics who say they attend weekly Mass (Sunday). Without the Eucharist as the 'source and summit' of our faith, families (domestic churches) begin to lose the very 'heart' of what makes them truly Catholic...Make Mass a priority this summer...You and your family will be immensely blessed by it!!!

Helpful Apps for Family Travel
Whether you're taking the children on a day trip or a trip around the world, if you're bringing a smartphone or tablet, you'll want to be sure you have these great apps for getting them involved and engaged in your travel adventure.

Planning your trip

As the grown-up, you'll do most of the heavy lifting here. But in the days or weeks before you leave, letting children get in on the planning will build their excitement and engagement about the trip. A good geography app is a fun way to help them get a sense of where they're going and how the location relates to the rest of the world. If you're traveling in the United states, Stack the States and Learn the States with Flat Stanley are terrific choices.

Another app that's perfect for the planning stages is Google Earth. Children can see a satellite view of your destination, famous landmarks, and more -- all with astonishing detail. And you can opt to display information about notable places, businesses, and relevant outside websites, including Wikipedia entries.

Staying sane in the car (or on the plane, train, bus, etc.)

Sure, there's something to be said for taking in the scenery, and singing songs along the way... But on an hours-long trip, mobile devices come in handy in so many ways. Children can listen to music, play games, read books, watch movies, draw, etc. Here are some key apps to include, as well as some tips:

  • A virtual library app will let children bring along good stuff to read without lugging tons of books in their backpacks. Reading Rainbow is a great choice; download books before you leave home.
  • An mp3 player is good to have, yet children can also have fun with radio apps like Pandora on road trips. They work together to program their own kid-friendly stations. And while they're listening, they'll read the artist bios and song characteristics -- it makes listening to music a more active experience. (Just keep an eye on your data usage if you'll be on a long trip!)
  • Stock up on games. If you have more than one child, include some games they can play together. And longer trips are a good time to break out the more engrossing games.
  • Also, remember that family vacations/trips are a good time to engage our children in prayer. We always pray a Rosary first thing when we set off on any trip that will take longer than 15 minutes...
    - Find more ideas from: Common Sense Media

Conversations you need to have with your son:
- Talk about what a healthy relationship looks like.
- Talk about choosing positive friends.

- Talk about his interests.
- Talk about post-high school and college plans -early!
- Talk about serving others.
- Talk about what is important to him.
- Talk about his goals in life.
- Talk about how to manage a budget.
- Talk about taking responsibility for his actions.
-Talk about the importance of honesty.
- Talk about temptations and making responsible decisions.

Resource: National Center for Fathering

"A saint is a sinner who keeps trying..." St. Josemaria Escriva
Importance of Fathers in a Child's Life
It's commonly thought that young children should primarily be cared for by mothers, but dads are just as important and just as equipped to be an effective parent.

Children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, more confident, have better social connections and greater career success. They are also less likely to get in trouble at home, school or in the neighborhood. Research even shows that children with involved dads perform better on school tests. Yet, 46 percent of fathers say they feel they aren't spending enough time with their children...

What about you?

Natural Family Planning Event

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Developed by the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, CrMS and NaPro Technology are highly effective, scientific systems that are used to track fertility. It allows a husband and a wife the knowledge to achieve or prevent pregnancy. It also allows couples wishing to achieve pregnancy and who are having fertility issues to do so in a procreative way, healing the mother to have a healthy pregnancy. This 90 minute introductory session will be presented by a Fertility Care Practitioner who works closely with the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

June 8th, 2016, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Holy Angels Church Hall (Basement)
402 S. Nottawa St, Sturgis MI 49091

No cost for this session, if couple/woman wishes to enroll in the program a $70 charge would cover the session and materials, follow– up appointments are $55 each (typically 8 the first year). Virtual phone or Web based video are offered for long distance patients.

Please call Holy Angels Parish at 269-651-5200 with any questions, or via email at

Catholic Divorce Survival course offered at St. Thomas More
St. Thomas More Student Parish will offer a divorce recovery experience for Catholics. Six Thursdays (June 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7 and 14) run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will be facilitated by Dcn. Joe Schmitt. Cost is $35 and includes all materials. To sign up, call 269.381.8917 or email Dcn. Joe

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; send email to; 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 you are welcome to participate anytime...
DATES: 2nd Wednesday of each month: June 8, July 13
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

Father's Day Poem
You never said I'm leaving
You never said goodbye
You were gone before I knew it,
and only God knew why.
A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried
If Love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
In Life I loved you dearly
In death I love you still
In my heart you hold a place,
That no one could ever fill.
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn't go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home...
God knows how long you have waited. Every second will be worth it in the end. Keep the FAITH!!!

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


Marriott North Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Family: The Heart of Mercy
exploring the theme of mercy through the lens of family
El Corazón de la Misericordia
explorando el tema de la misericordia de Dios a través del lente de la familia

Diocese of Kalamazoo
New Evangelization Convocation
OCTOBER 21-22, 2016

THEME: The Art of Accompaniment

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:

July 16-17 (CLOSED)

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
"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:
DATES: Wednesday, June 22, July 27
: Diocesan Pastoral Center - 215 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
TIME: 4 - 5:30 pm
Questions? Fr. Don Klingler at 269-254-8138 or Socorro at 269-903-0199

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