FEBRUARY 2016 edition of The Domestic Church publication
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Praying as One – Do you pray with your spouse? This year, as we celebrate the Lord’s mercy, and in order to live that mercy and forgiveness as fully as possible…I invite you to pray for a few moments every single day, together as One; One couple, One family, One Body of Christ!
Merciful Family ...
The Year of Mercy must begin in the home ... See more at:

Your being able to pray together as a couple in safe and loving ways is a hope God surely shares with you for your marriage. If that's where you want your relationship to be, we can absolutely help you get there. Visit

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

Virtual Marriage Retreat: Marriage & Mercy

Looking for a way to enrich your marriage? Take our seven day virtual retreat! Each day for seven days, set aside some time for prayer. This retreat is based on the theme of "marriage and mercy," since the Church is currently celebrating the year-long Jubilee of Mercy. There are two other retreats available as well: 1) Pope Francis’ advice about marriage and family life; 2) Reflections on the USCCB pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan. Both are available at this link:
Each day has a theme, followed by ways to put the theme into practice through prayer, reflection, and action (Pray – Reflect – Do). End each mini-retreat by praying the prayer for married couples.

Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion consists in an ardent desire of receiving Jesus and in welcoming him in our hearts as though we received him sacramentally. The practice will unite us more intimately with Christ our Lord. Spiritual Communion may be made at any time, in any place, using your own aspirations.

Following is a prayer that could be used:

My Jesus, I believe that you are really present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you and I long for you with all my being. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my heart. I adore you and unite myself to you. Never let me be separated from you. Amen.

O Sacrament most holy,
O Sacrament divine,
All praise and all thanksgiving
Be every moment thine.

Are you a widower?
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: February 10, March 9, 2016
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

There is still time to enter this year's national contest and be eligible to win some very special prizes!!! Last year, we received entries from over 20 different dioceses across the country and over 80 different parishes, schools...

If you are a student in grades 4th—12th, we encourage you to submit original art, prose, poetry, musical compositions and videos - all reflecting the theme “The Merciful Family ”... How is my family merciful to others? How do I see or experience mercy???  
Following are the contest rules:

- Contest Criteria

- Contest Cover Sheet

- Contest Bilingual Flyer

Send in entries by February 15, 2016 to be eligible for a number of great prizes...including educational cash scholarships sponsored by the Michigan Knights of Columbus.

Mail entries to: National Student Contest, Diocese of Kalamazoo, 215 N. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Questions? write to Socorro at or call (269) 903-0199

"Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to his love, the future to his providence." ~St. Augustine

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:

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

Widowed Friends - widowed men and women - are invited to gather on:
DATE: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
LOCATION: 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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