JULY 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 together, as you go on vacations, too!

A model for marriage

St. Joachim and St. Anne are a particularly special married couple. Their Feast Day is JULY 26th. As the USCCB "Marriage, Unique for a Reason" website says:

Saints Joachim and Anne are the father and mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary is the fruit of their marriage. By a singular grace of God in view of the merits of Jesus, she was preserved from all stain of Original Sin from the moment of her conception. Thus it is in the context of married life and conjugal love that Mary is prepared to receive the Divine Logos, the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus is the Logos, the “Reason” at the heart of all reason and truth, including the truth of marriage. The marriage between Joachim and Anne is a significant witness to why marriage is “unique for a reason.”

St. Joachim and St. Anne are the patron saints of grandparents and infertile couples.

St. Joachim and St. Anne, pray for us!

Prayer Resources

10 Tips to Cherish Your Marriage
1- UNITY...share your joys and sorrows
2- PRIORITY...your spouse gives special meaning to your life
3- SERENITY...make sure to balance between reason and heart
4- RESPECT...value each other's ideas and unique perspective
5- PATIENCE...count to ten...or to one hundred...stay calm
6- UNDERSTANDING...ask what you don't understand...
7- attention to your spouse...listen with heart
8- PRIVACY...guard your marriage...keep marriage conversations, private
9- TRANSPARENCY...speak secrets
10- HUMOR...laugh with each other...laugh at life
Resource: Catholics Striving for Holiness
Natural Family Planning Awareness Week – July 24 – July 30, 2016
“Celebrate and reverence God’s vision of human sexuality.”

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlights the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.  The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother.
Natural Family Planning. Love, Mercy, Life. Opening the Heart of Marriage is the theme of this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to celebrate God’s vision for marriage and promote the lifestyle methods of planning a family according to God’s natural plans (NFP, for short). Want to learn more about the methods of NFP offered in our diocese?  Please visit Don’t have time to attend an in-person class? Learn NFP in the comfort of your home by contacting one of the NFP providers listed at:
It's natural/the way God intended...
Calmness Prayer for Families
May the Lord give us
calmness for every confusion,
relief for every stress,
comfort for every sickness,
strength for every weakness,
and love, joy & hope
for every waking moment.

Why is Marriage Good?

By bringing together one man and one woman into a lifelong commitment, marriage fosters a unique partnership of love, stability, and mutual self-giving for the relationship and any children to come from their union.

Learn more…

In any faith-based society we are brought up under the basic rule that life is sacred … “thou shalt not kill.” All the religions of the world state this belief in various ways, it forms the basis of being a civilized society. Yet in war, we place our men and women in situations where they have a duty to fight and kill others. This moral conflict can be devastating for returning servicemen and women (and their families). For many this struggle emerges years after the events of war. It can be seen in many forms. PTSD, Moral Injury, Alcoholism, Homelessness ... all can be the result of these moral conflicts.

Walk with them! By clicking here you can find the resources, programs, information and help for our veterans and their families.

"Fight all error, but do it with good humor, patience, kindness and love. Harshness will damage your own soul and spoil the cause."
- St. John of Kanty
- How do you disagree with others?
Is it done with harshness or anger, or in humor and kindness?
- How can your words show mercy?
Prayer: Spirit of Wisdom, grant me the patience to tell the truth in love. Amen.

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.

Conference 2016
Thursday July 21-Sunday July 24 
(Clergy Study Day, July 20)
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC
Conference webpage
Speakers, schedule and details. 
Conference brochure
Register today
View previous conference videos 
at bottom of conference page
See Catholic News Agency article about our conference:
Mercy, Peace, Joy to be Focus of Courage 2016 Conference
Grieving with Great Hope...
...mourning is a process of healing that can lead to transformation...
...transformed people can transform people. Those touched by grief, have empathy for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one.
...loss is inevitable, but believe that hope is powerful!
God have mercy on us and on the whole world...

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: 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

"Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure." - St. John Paul II

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 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.

September 24-25 and November 12-13, 2016

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: or contact Socorro at: via phone at: 269-903-0199
Guided by the Holy Spirit, Good Mourning Ministry is a bereavement resource for Catholic parishes and people who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Their vision is to be bearers of hope. To help transform your grief into hopeful realism through prayerful, practical and personal grief support, equipping you with the tools you need to build your bridge that leads you into a new and different life.
More information at website:
"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, 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

"Love, Mercy, and the Gift of the Family"

The 2016 Theology of the Body Congress will be held in Ontario, California, from Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25.

Congress resources and link

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