MARCH 2017 edition of The Domestic Church publication
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Taking Family, Marriage and Parenting Seriously and Faithfully

Resting in the Stillness
I cleared my schedule, and my mind, to find God in prayer...
Be still and know that I am God! (Psalm 46:11)

Prayer & Penny Week 2017
A special program which is a prayer movement that serves as the Missionary Childhood's Association Lenten prayer and sacrifice program for Grades K-8.

You Have Set Us Free
You Have Set Us Free helps survivors of trauma, and their family and friends, to understand the deep and long-lasting effects of their trauma. It also helps them to correlate their experiences of suffering and healing in the light of the paschal mystery of Christ. This book combines Stations of the Cross with therapeutic information for survivors of abuse and neglect.
            While reflecting upon the experience of Jesus during Holy Week, You Have Set Us Free addresses the healing of trauma survivors in a prayerful context and offers hope that can assist survivors as they engage in their process of healing.  
by Kenneth W. Schmidt (Author)         
Christian tradition can name at least seven reasons for fasting:
  1. From the beginning, God commanded some fasting, and sin entered into the world because Adam and Eve broke the fast.
  2. For the Christian, fasting is ultimately about fasting from sin.
  3. Fasting reveals our dependence on God and not the resources of this world.
  4. Fasting is an ancient way of preparing for the Eucharist—the truest of foods.
  5. Fasting is preparation for baptism (and all the sacraments)—for the reception of grace.
  6. Fasting is a means of saving resources to give to the poor.
  7. Fasting is a means of self-discipline, chastity, and the restraining of the appetites.
    Resource: USCCB website

                        An exemplary young life of 15

“To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan.”
Carlo Acutis dies at age of 15 due to of fulminant leukemia, leaving in the memory of all those who knew him a great void and a deep admiration for what was his brief but intense testimony of an authentic Christian life. Since he received his First Communion at 7 years old, he never missed an appointment with daily Mass. He always tried before or after the Mass to pray in front of the tabernacle to worship the Lord, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady was his great confidant and never failed to honor her daily by reciting the Rosary. Carlo’s Modernity combines perfectly with his deep Eucharistic life and Marian devotion, which have helped to make him the most special guy who is admired and loved by everyone.

To quote Carlo’s words: "Our aim has to be the infinite and not the finite. The Infinite is our homeland. We have always been expected in Heaven." His famous quote is: "All people are born as originals but many die as photocopies." To move towards this destination and not “die as photocopies” Carlo said that our compass has to be the Word of God that we have to face constantly. But extreme means are required to reach such a lofty destination: the sacraments and prayer. In particular Carlo put the Sacrament of the Eucharist at the centre of his life and he called it "my highway to heaven".

Carlo was gifted at anything related to computers so that his friends and the adults with computer engineering degrees considered him a genius. Everyone was amazed by his ability to understand the computer secrets that are normally accessible only to those who have completed university. Carlo’s interests included computer programming, film editing, website creation, editing and layout of comics, and volunteering for those most in need -- children and the elderly.

It was a mystery to the young faithful of the diocese of Milan, that before his death he could offer his sufferings for the Pope and for the Church.

How Married Couples Can Help Single Catholics

Single Catholics desiring a sacramental marriage look to the Church for help in finding their spouses. Many think the Church isn’t doing anything for singles, but what if I told you the help we need is closer than we think? That actually your help is sitting next to you in the church pews?

"The Evangelizing Family"
Thank you for your student entries!
DEADLINE was FEBRUARY 15th, 2017
We will be announcing the winners soon!!!

"Family at the Crossroads:  Ministering with Hope and Joy during a Time of Diversity and Change"

This will be the theme for the Regional Convocation for Marriage and Family Life Ministers in Michigan and Ohio (NACFLM)

SAVE-THE-DATE: May 22-24, 2017
LOCATION: St. Paul Retreat Center in Detroit, Michigan
Presenters: Dr. Tim Hogan and many more!!!
Registration coming soon!
More details contact Socorro at 269-903-0199 or  

Tips for Lenten Reading With Your Children
Reading these selections as a family takes a little planning, but it is well worth the effort, because it helps our children (and us!) develop a familiarity with Scripture and come to a deeper understanding of Lent. Here are a few tips to make the process easier.
The Catholic’s DIVORCE SURVIVAL Guide is a POWERFUL DVD series to help YOU find peace, power and renewed passion for life.
Begins on Thursday, March 23
Meets once a week for 6 weeks including:
Thursdays, March 23, 30, April 6, Wednesday, April 12, and Thursdays April 20 & 27
Place: St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish (421 Monroe St., Kalamazoo)

Meeting Time: 6:30 pm
Cost: $35.00 (payable to St. Tom’s)
For more info contact deacon joe schmitt 269-381-8917, ext. 274 or
Newsletters and Resources for Families
Peanut Butter & Grace:
Catholic Miscarriage Support Resource web site dedicated to offering practical and spiritual support for Catholics who have lost a child to miscarriage.
Sex. The subject can stop us in our tracks, and terrifies many of us as we think about talking to our children about it. Yet, the subject is a fundamental one, and parents have a mandate to educate and equip their children to understand it and glorify God with their bodies in their adolescence and adulthood. -
1 Corinthians 6:20

To fulfill that mandate, we need a firm foundation on which to build, and that foundation, as with everything in the Christian life, is Jesus Christ. When we recognize that sex was designed by God to point us to God, we put ourselves in the right position to both live a sexually pure life and lead our children into the same experience.

Though parents often find sex a tough topic to talk about, God speaks about it positively, candidly, and frequently. In the beginning, humans were created sexual beings (Genesis 1:27), and the sexual union between a husband and wife was blessed by God from the outset (Genesis 1:28; 2:24). Spouses are to enjoy intimacy with each other (Proverbs 5:18-19), not depriving one another of sexual pleasure (1Corinthians 7:3-5), and honoring their covenantal sexual union as a representation of Christ’s love for His people (Hebrews 13:4; Ephesians 5:31-32).

Put this altogether, and it is evident that sex means something, and, therefore, how we think, speak, and behave sexually has profound meaning.

South West Michigan Fertility Care
and NaPro Technology

Through daily observation and charting of natural biomarkers, a woman may see the effects of stress, medications, diet, and exercise on her health and fertility. Together with NaProTECHNOLOGY, the Creighton Model FertilityCare System can help in evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of various gynecological problems including infertility, recurrent miscarriage, PMS, endometriosis, irregular cycles, ovarian cysts, and hormonal imbalances, just to name a few. To learn more about the Creighton Model of FertilityCare; contact Lindsey at 269-689-9858 or via email:

NFP for Couples in Battle Creek begins August 26, 2017
Class series at St Joe's in Battle Creek on Saturdays from 9:30am-12:30pm on August 26th, September 23rd, and October 28th.

Couples can register for the classes (we are starting a class in Jackson in a couple weeks) at  They can learn more about the main course options at

Start Date: Aug 26th, 2017 - Saturday 09:30 AM
Class 2: Sep 23rd, 2017 Class 3: Oct 28th, 2017                     
Location: St Joseph Parish 61 23rd Street North, Battle Creek, Michigan 49015          
Read more about this course
Teaching Couple: Jasko, Nicholas and Elissa register for this course
Prayer for Daily Neglects
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its sufferings and all its merits.
First - To expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
- To purify the good I have done poorly this day and during all my life.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
Third -
To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected this day and all my life.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
The Missionary Impulse Within Our Families 2017
Marriages are growing in holiness as spouses discover their deepest desire...
The Discovering Our Deepest Desire Program consists of a series of evenings of interaction, prayer, reflection, and activities designed to strengthen marriages. During this Lenten season, consider signing up for the next series that begins March 8th.

For more information about the DODD marriage enrichment program and how to begin in your parish, call Socorro at 269-903-0199 or visit:

Are you a widower? Widowed Men's Fellowship
Please join us on March 8, 2017
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 Detroit Province Council of Catholic Women (from all dioceses of Michigan) invites all women to attend their triennial convention on April 21-22, 2017 at the Holiday Inn near U of M in Ann Arbor, just off US 23. 

The theme is Lead Me Lord, Renew My Strength.

The day and a half event (Friday day & Saturday morning) will have some great speakers, liturgy, raffles, vendors, banquet, and Irish fun!  Speakers will include:  Fr. John Riccardo, Fr. Patrick Gonyeau (Evangelization), Mr. Bill Richart (Divine Mercy), Mrs. Katie O’Mara (testimony), and Fr. Patrick Maher.

For detailed information, call or email Rita Maher at 989-635-7072,  The deadline to register is March 27, 2017.

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 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.
2017 Joy-Filled Marriage Weekend Dates 2017:
May 20-21
July 15-16
September 23-24

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 as mentors
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? We are in search of married couples who wish to help engaged couples in their marriage preparation process. For more information, please contact Socorro at 269-903-0199 or via email at 
"Widowed Friends"

"Widowed Friends" Support Group for Men and Women 
Please join us on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
THEME: Lenten Day Retreat
TIME: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
COST: $20 (hot lunch included)
LOCATION: Transformations Retreat Center

To register, please call Irene at 269-365-9058 or Socorro at 269-903-0199 or via email

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