"The family, which is founded and given life by love, is a community of persons: of husband and wife, of parents and children, of relatives. Its first task is to live with fidelity the reality of communion is a constant effort to develop an authentic community of persons."


 -Pope John Paul II (1981) Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, #18

 

Marriage: A Sacrament Most Holy

Marriages flourish because of the efforts of both spouses.  Why not take some time away with your spouse to reflect on your lifelong commitment and nurture the spiritual life of your marriage by participating in a married couples retreat.  Enjoy the beautiful Our Lady of Florida Retreat Center on the edge of Lake Worth in North Palm Beach.

"The Love of God is Ingenious” Retreat for Married Couples is scheduled for the weekend of May 2-4, 2014.

For more information, click here.  

 

Family Life


The vocation to marriage and family life is a worthy endeavor. Nowhere else do the fruits of our existence and faithfulness become so known as those evidenced within the context of family life.

 

Church teaching and guidance on Family life may be found in official documents from: 

 

Classes and Programs:

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Family Honor, Inc. Leading & Loving

Parents, we know that raising children in today’s secular society is challenging.  Raising holy and virtuous kids seems almost impossible some days!  Join us for Leading & Loving, a unique, family-centered, Catholic approach to raising virtuous children.

  • Family Honor, Inc. has 25 years field experience in helping parents teach their children virtues. Family Honor's truly unique program, Leading & Loving, is designed for parents of young children, newborn through 5th grade. You will come away with practical techniques for developing virtue in your children and for answering some of your children's most challenging questions.

  • Join us on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 7pm-9pm and Saturday, April 5th from 9am-2pm. There is no registration fee, however donations will be requested. Deadline for registering is March 21st. Space is limited so register online now at www.diocesepb.org/LeadingandLoving. This program is for PARENTS ONLY.

  • Learn more at www.familyhonor.org/

  • Hosted by St. Clare Catholic Church ~ Parish Hall  821 Prosperity Farms Road  N. Palm Beach, FL  33408

  • For more information contact Sharon Fuentes at sfuentes@diocesepb.org or call 561-427-3898

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Fertility and Health

Health and fertility are primary concerns for family life. Natural Procreative Technology is a new women’s health science that is fully consistent with Church teaching that promotes optimum fertility and gynecological health.

The Pope Paul VI Institute is dedicated to building a culture of life and providing real solutions to real problems. In addition to its high quality educational programs for professionals, the Institute encompasses the National Center for Women’s health and provides timely Catholic resources.

The Diocese of Palm Beach provides classes on the art and science of Natural Family Planning. The sympto-thermal Method is a safe, natural, effective and very low cost method of family planning. It is 99% effective in avoiding pregnancy and can help low fertility couples achieve pregnancy. It is NOT the same as calendar rhythm.  To register for a class, go to www.ccli.org

Visit the Diocese of Palm Beach NFP website for course updates.

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Mother and Daughter Programs

The Mother-and-Daughter Programs explore God's special gift of human fertility and the beauty and wonder of God's plan for growing up and becoming a woman. They take place in an atmosphere of love and learning and they create a foundation for communication between parent and child. Presenters are Natural Family Planning Teachers, Health Care Professionals, Specialists in Education, and other trained volunteers in Family Life Ministries.

Topics include:

  • The changes in a young woman's body as it prepares for motherhood; the onset of ovulation and subsequent menstrual periods; the functions of the female reproductive system; the sacredness of human life; and the virtue of chastity.

  • Healthy dating relationships with a strong emphasis on chastity and reverence for our sexuality are also discussed with the older girls.

  • The programs will also include a question and answer segment.

There are two separate Mother-and-Daughter programs. The first is for girls ages 10 – 12 and the second is for girls ages 13 – 16. The older girls' program is an extension of the younger program. It is good to come to both at the age appropriate time for each girl.


Please check back for future dates. For 2014, please see the link for Family Honor's Leading & Loving program for parents.
 

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Father and Son Program

The Father-and-Son Program explores God's special gift of human fertility and the goodness and wonder of God's plan for growing up and becoming a man. It takes place in an atmosphere of love and learning and it creates a foundation for communication between parent and child. Presenters are Natural Family Planning Teachers, Health Care Professionals, Specialists in Education, and other trained volunteers in Family Life Ministries.

Topics include:

  • The changes in a young man's body as it prepares for fatherhood; emotional changes; acceptance of responsibility; and the functions of the male and female reproductive systems.

  • The sacredness of human life; appreciation and reverence for the gift of sexuality; the virtue of chastity; and a confidential question and answer segment.

  • Healthy dating relationships with a strong emphasis on chastity, respect and friendship are also discussed.

*The program is designed for boys ages 12 – 15.

 

Please check back for future dates. For 2014, please see the link for Family Honor's Leading & Loving program for parents.

 

 

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