The Rosary is the “rose garden” of sanctify for children. The Holy Spirit teaches us to: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
How to pray the Rosary as a family each day, you may ask?
If praying an entire 5-decade Rosary is too lengthy for keeping younger children interested; here are ideas on how to begin/continue the tradition of praying the Rosary as a Domestic Church.
Begin by simply praying three or five “Hail Mary’s”… Have pictures of the mysteries on cardstock (laminated) for little hands to hold and contemplate while praying out loud.
Pray with two or more family members… “For where two or more gather in my name, there I am with them.” (Matthew 18:20)
Pray early in the evening but not before going to bed because tiredness will set in with the little ones.
Pray the Rosary anytime you are gathered together for 15 minutes or longer, and before turning on the TV or other electronic equipment.
Pray in the car on the way to work or as you drive your children to school. Depending on the length of the drive; you could get a decade of Hail Mary’s prayed in thanksgiving for the blessings of the day! I keep a CD of the Rosary being prayed by seminarians. Their voices in prayer are always very comforting and reassuring for me (especially) when I get “caught in traffic”…
"The Rosary is a school of prayer. The Rosary is a school of faith!"
"A curious thing happened on my way to the airport gate in Philadelphia...Meeting three bishops and receiving a special blessing before boarding the plane..." (From left) Bishop Daniel Flores (Brownsville, Texas), Socorro, Archbishop Jose Gomez (Los Angeles, California) and Archbishop Allen Vigneron (Detroit, Michigan)
For Strengthening Marriages
Love can endure all obstacles. By developing strong communication and showing mutual support through love, couples are able to renew their commitment to their marriage vows, even in the most difficult times. Some ideas to help strengthen and restore marriages are contained in the links below:
Every marriage faces its challenges. Below are some ideas for overcoming obstacles married couples may encounter. Click on the link provided to read further:
“What is the biggest reason marriages fall apart?”
Most people expect us to give answers such as “infidelity” or “addictions” or even “in-law problems" - but the real answer is none of these. In fact, the most common reason for marital break-ups actually causes all of these problems and more.
The biggest contributor to marital problems and, eventually, marital breakdown is that husbands and wives tend to love their own comfort zones more than they love each other. This leads to no end of opportunities to feel rejected, resentful, and angry.
"A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer.”
– Pope St. John Paul II, The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), n. 100.
Are you a widower? Join other widowed men for a night of fellowship and discussion on how to start/continue a support group for widowed men in your parish... DATE: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
TIME: 7 to 8:30 pm
LOCATION: Diocesan Pastoral Center (Crew's Lounge)
215 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo
Questions? Please call Fr. Don Klingler at 269-254-8138 or Socorro at 269-903-0199
September 15, 2015 - February 15, 2016
The Diocese of Kalamazoo in collaboration with the Knights of Columbus, invite students grades 4th—12th to submit original art, prose, poetry, musical compositions and videos; all reflecting the theme “The Merciful Family ”.
The work should display their God-given talents and convey how we live our call to be merciful within our families and in our communities.
We will accept works from students in Catholic schools, public schools and home schools (who attend faith-formation catechetical classes). Following are the contest rules:
Send in entries between September 15, 2015 and February 15, 2016 to be eligible for a number of great prizes.
Mail to: National Student Contest, Diocese of Kalamazoo, 215 N. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Questions? write to Socorro at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy Filled Marriage Weekends for the Engaged for 2016
We are excited to announce the 2016 schedule for this new marriage preparation program in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Please visit the website to view the dates in 2016. The weekend in 2015 with registration openings is November 14-15, 2015. To register for a weekend, please visit our website here: http://www.diokzoo.org/marriage-preparation or contact Socorro at: email@example.com via phone at: 269-903-0199