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AUGUST 2015 edition of The Domestic Church publication
Send E-mails to: struchan@diokzoo.org
 
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"The canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin is a reminder that married people are just as holy as--and often holier than--priests, sisters, brothers, bishops, cardinals and popes. And that a marriage is as much a road to holiness as a monastery."

The Virtues
Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, and habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life. The virtuous man is he who freely practices the good.
 The moral virtues are acquired by human effort. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts; they dispose all the powers of the human being for communion with divine love.

Resource: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c1a7.htm 

 

Dear Parents,
     When our children imitate our prayers and say something like, "Our Father in heaven, Harold is thy name!" we cannot help but smile and even chuckle a bit inside, because children do say the most direct and honest things! The natural inclination of children to imitate offers us the opportunity to guide our children and help them memorize basic Catholic prayers. There are many good and simple little books of prayers that will help you do this. You can use the little prayer books with your children at bedtime or at other teachable moments.

     We want our children to memorize these basic prayers for many reasons. Once they learn the words, they will be able to join in family and community prayer - for example, praying the Rosary. The repetition of the Our Father and Hail Mary helps them not only to memorize these prayers; but the prayers also have a very calming/soothing effect when calmness is most needed: at the end of the day, in a car ride, in church, and other times. Reciting these Catholic prayers will also shape the way our children pray throughout their lives. What begins as rote repetition of words opens us to real prayer in union with God. And memorizing prayers like the Our Father and the Glory Be will plant in our children a Catholic frame of mind that unfolds for them as their understanding develops.
United in prayer,
Socorro

Resource: "Prayers for our Catholic Family" (in Spanish, too) by Our Sunday Visitor www.osv.com

Tips 1-4 for a Christ-centered marriage…
1. Pray for each other and with each other. Prayer is one of the most powerful and meaningful things we can do for our marriage.
2. Read together. Read your Bible together, study together.
3. Talk and listen to each other {no distractions}
4. Serve each other without expectations. Marriage isn’t always going to be equal. Some weeks, each spouse might feel like they are carrying a larger load than the other. Love isn’t about keeping track of who did the dishes when, or cleaned the house last. These things can come in-between your marriage so quickly. It is easy to become prideful in who did this and who did that. But remember that Christ loves us unconditionally and that is how we are called to love.
 
“Love is not self-seeking.” – 1 Corinthians 13:5

 
Meeting of Families in Kalamazoo

Would you like to take part in a local Kalamazoo Meeting of Families?
For families who will not be attending the WMF in Philadelphia in September 2015...we are looking for persons/families interested in taking part in a Kalamazoo Diocese "meeting of families".

 
For more information, please contact Socorro Truchan via phone: 269-903-0199 or email: struchan@diokzoo.org
An Integral Vision of Marriage and the Family
The future of humanity passes by way of the family.[i]
From the outset of his pontificate, Pope Francis has devoted considerable attention to Catholic teaching on marriage and the family.  Regrettably, marriage and the family are often victims of what Pope Francis calls a “throw away culture.”  Similarly, during the first five years of his papacy, Saint John Paul II delivered 129 addresses on the human person (The Theology of the Body)[ii] and penned Familiaris Consortio (On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World). 

To read the complete article (written by and used with permission from Michael Kenney) that explores Familiaris Consortio with an eye toward the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, please visit the website at www.diokzoo.org/domesticchurch  

What does it mean to love my spouse unconditionally? 

Whether you're married a few months or a few decades, the Sacrament of Matrimony calls us to love each other unconditionally. Come and explore with us how we are called to love our spouse: when romance seems to fade…or if one of us puts on weight...Loving through annoying habits...Loving when we say things that hurt...Loving during the early years of marriage, and as life changes... 
 

DATE: Saturday, August 22, 2015
TIME: 7:00 - 8:30pm

PLACE: Crowley Center, Kalamazoo, MI

COST: $10 per couple

PRESENTERS: Jim & Susan Vogt

RSVP: Jane Bodway 269-903-0147 or
via e-mail
jbodway@diokzoo.org

 

“The real ‘wedding gift’ is this: Your marriage is a reflection of the Holy Trinity, and with the grace of Christ, you are a living and credible icon of God and His love.” — Pope Francis

The Domestic Church Newsletter SPANISH edition...
coming soon!

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 weekends with registration openings in 2015 are September 19-20, and November 14-15. To register for a weekend, please visit our website here: http://www.diokzoo.org/marriage-preparation or contact Socorro at: struchan@diokzoo.org via phone at: 269-903-0199

Are you a widower (widowed man)?
SAVE-THE-DATE: Wednesday, September 9th from 7 to 8:30 pm meet at Crowley Center for some fellowship, and to find out how to start a support group for widowed men.
For more information contact Socorro at 269-903-0199 or Fr. Don Klingler at 269-254-8138

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