SEPTEMBER 2016 edition of The Domestic Church publication
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Taking Family, Marriage and Parenting Seriously and Faithfully

"I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide; Yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love.... Have the courage to swim against the tide."

Pope Francis
July 28, 2013

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. This 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.
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.

Listening to the Joys and Hungers of Families - on September 18 and October 12, 2016
Accompanying Families - on October 16 and November 2, 2016
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 or e-mail

Can 'Pokémon Go' spark a culture of encounter?  


Bishop Christopher J. Coyne received an interesting phone call on July 22: Pokémon had invaded the Catholic cemeteries in Burlington, Vermont. How he handled it is an example of how the Church might turn this fad into an opportunity for evangelization. Read more...  

Live the Eucharist
During the day, unite with Jesus...

The Eucharist is to be believed, celebrated, and lived every day.
The Eucharist is Jesus' offering of himself to each of us. By our daily offering, we share in his mission to make God's love visible to all humankind.

As you go about your day, remember that God is present in every moment. Look for God in each person, each circumstance, each joy, and each suffering.

Ask to see all things through the loving Heart of Jesus. Live the whole day in his Eucharistic Heart...

Date Night! Whether you have been married for 6 months or 60 years come and join us on Wednesday evening September 7 at 7:00 pm to learn about a new Diocesan Marriage Enrichment program that will be offered at St Monica starting in September. 

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.

We will be learning from a new Catholic marriage enrichment curriculum called “Discovering Our Deepest Desire” (DODD). Classes will begin September 28th and will run 12 consecutive Wednesdays from 7pm to 9:00pm (excluding the Wednesday before Thanksgiving) and will be held in St Monica Community Building. Please join us at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 7 to learn more about this exciting program for married couples.

For more information about the DODD program prior to this meeting, please go to or call Keith and Hope Marotti at (269) 353-1213.
Finances: "Faith and Finances - Marriage and Money"
Contributing writer for the Northwest Catholic website, Phil Lenahan, writes about a few simple principles to help you and your spouse find financial peace.
Have you made a 'Year of Mercy' Pilgrimage? 
Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Fr. Solanus Center
               Thursday, September 29, 2016                                      *Cost:  $70.00
  7:00 am      Depart St. Augustine Parking lot with rest stop in route
10:00 am     Arrive at Fr Casey’ center for 1 ½ tour.   Tour includes:
                    Creation Garden                         Visit the 8 statues of the Beatitudes 
                    Video of Fr. Casey’s life             Museum of artifacts of Fr. Casey
                    Presentation of the 4 steps to sainthood        
                    Fr. Casey’s tomb (Time for meditation
11:30 am      Mass with Fr. Don Klingler @ Solanus Center
                     Confessions @ 11 am  - 
          NOTE: you may leave the tour to go to confession if you wish
 12:00 pm     Full chicken meal @ Solanus Center
  1:00 pm      Gift Shop
  1:45 pm      Visit Blessed Sacrament Cathedral
                      with Pilgrimage through Holy Door of Mercy

  3:00 pm      Depart Cathedral for Kalamazoo with rest stop in route.
  6:30 pm      Approximate return to Kalamazoo.

Please contact: Irene @ 269-365-9058 or 989-274-5889

Bus has wheel chair access                     You are welcome to bring snacks
Payment by SEPTEMBER 8, 2016 confirms your reservation, or until bus is full
Send this form & check payable to:  Diocese of Kalamazoo – Memo line: Fr. Solanus Pilgrimage @ 215 N. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 – Attention: Socorro Truchan
Your cancelled check is your receipt -
*Cost includes transportation, meal & donations
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The Way to Perfect Charity is Arduous
Delighting in a beautiful sunset the other day when I was working late at the office, I realized how God delights in giving me little consolations and joys…and that I must not purposely seek these little delights because they are not the way to perfect charity.

Strange-sounding you might say? The path to perfection is not self-seeking. One must completely conquer our human tendency for self-love, and this involves a constant struggle against self. Every single day, my natural tendencies are to nurture self: I brush my teeth, bathe, dress, eat and drink, etc…When tired, I lie down to rest. When in pain, I reach for some form of remedy to alleviate or completely take away the pain. In other words, my human reaction to living is to seek consolation, pleasure instead of pain, and relaxation instead of work.

But, who is it that intentionally looks for pain instead of pleasure? Hard work and suffering instead of relaxation and “feeling good”? Look to the Crucified. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, has conquered pain and death for love of us. Follow the way of the Cross, and we'll be formed in perfect charity...
Diocese of Kalamazoo announces this year's
Catholic Families Student Contest
"The Evangelizing Family"
Find out how to participate at the website here:
Dear Lord,
Grant me the ability to
speak kindly,
and at times,
to hold my tongue.
I want my actions and reactions
to please and reflect
You and Your love.

DIOCESAN 50th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION:  A special mass for couples of the Diocese of Kalamazoo who are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversaries in 2016 will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2016, 2:00 pm at St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo. Couples celebrating their 50th Anniversary any time in 2016 are asked to contact their parish office rectory so that their names can be submitted for a personal invitation from Bishop Bradley to participate in this celebration.  Invitations will be mailed beginning August 29th.

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.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

 Rekindle the romance in your marriage and make it even better! Join a Worldwide Marriage Encounter to renew and enrich your marriage and your faith, too! Weekends are scheduled for Sept. 16-18 at the Augustine Center near Petoskey, and Oct. 21-23 at St Pat’s in Brighton. For more information on these and other Weekends or to apply, please visit or call Harry & Karen Porter at (888) 628-7433.

Respect for Unborn Human Life: The Church’s Constant Teaching

Fact sheet by the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities (original here).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law” (No. 2271).

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: September 14, October 12
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

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
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 
"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, September 28, October 26
: 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.

Through Scripture and Catholic Tradition, the Theology of the Body demonstrates that God wants us to know Him through our humanity: our sexuality, our relationships, our joys, and our struggles. We are gathering the world's foremost Theology of the Body experts and enthusiasts for an extraordinary three-day event you won't want to miss. Join us to experience this dramatic teaching as it relates to Catholics living in the modern world. 

Congress resources and link

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