"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
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:
Parenting Programs Offered through our Diocese:
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St. John Paul II taught us that the family is the first and foremost school of virtue where the members learn to be a gift to others. Through their family, children learn foundational lessons about the world around them that equip them to discern right from wrong and develop good morals and values (On the Role of Christian Family in the Modern World, 42-43).
As the primary educators of your children, you are best suited to helping your children grow in goodness and virtue. However, raising children in today’s secular society is challenging. Some days it can seem almost impossible to instill holiness and virtue in our kids. That’s why the Office of Marriage and Family Life has partnered with Family Honor to bring you Leading & Loving, an interactive program designed to help parents create an individual plan for purposeful parenting.
- Family Honor, Inc. has over 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 age 12. You will come away with practical techniques for developing virtue in your children and for answering some of your children's most challenging questions about life and human sexuality.
- Leading & Loving is a six-module program for PARENTS ONLY that presents the beautiful truths about human sexuality through the lens of St. John Paul II’s landmark teaching known as “Theology of the Body.”
- Learn more at www.familyhonor.org/
The next scheduled program will be held at All Saints Catholic School in Jupiter on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. Register here by Monday, October 19, 2015. This program is for PARENTS ONLY but onsite childcare is available by advance notice with registration.
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This newly restyled Mother-Daughter Program invites daughters and their moms (or other significant women in their lives) to an afternoon tea party and program that explores God’s special plan for growing up and becoming a woman.
In a setting of love and learning, the program seeks to foster a closer bond between mother* and daughter(s) to encourage ongoing communication about real life issues such as the gift of femininity, fertility, modesty, chastity, healthy dating relationships and more. Moms will be invited to a special breakout session to help equip them to set the stage for and address their daughters’ questions and concerns about sexuality. Each Mom will receive a booklet to help guide those discussions.
The 2015 program features Keynote Speaker Arleen Spenceley, a Catholic young adult and author who will speak about God’s gift of sexuality, define chastity and help equip the participants to practice the virtue of chastity despite the culture that surrounds us.
Arleen is the author of Chastity is For Lovers: Single, Happy and (Still) a Virgin, a positive, joyful and funny presentation of Catholic teaching on chastity. Arleen’s book addresses how we as Catholics are called to practice the virtue of chastity in a culture that doesn’t like it. Her book will be available for purchase.
Other topics include God’s Gift of Femininity, Exploring God’s Plan for Life and Love, and Dating God’s Way presented by Educators and trained volunteers in Family Life Ministry.
Join us for The Mother and Daughter Tea on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Jude Catholic Church at 204 US Highway One in Tequesta in the Parish Center. Cost is $35 Mother and Daughter + $10 for each additional daughter. Reservations required. Financial assistance is available.
Click here to print Registration Form.
For more information, please call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 561-775-9557.
*Note: A Grandmother, Stepmother, Aunt or Older Sister, whoever serves as a mother figure, is welcome to accompany her “daughter”.
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All NEW featuring the Ropes Challenge Course at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.
The all new Father-and-Son Program focuses on building the foundation for communication between father and son and exploring the goodness and wonder of God's plan for growing up and becoming a man. The program includes active and challenging ropes elements mixed with engaging and informative discussions covering a range of topics including:
- Man Up – Be a Real Man: Answers the question “Who am I?” What does it mean to be a real man? To be a leader? To be a protector? Understand the man God made you to be…what it means to be a virtuous man, one who exhibits honesty and strength, who upholds the dignity of human life, who is confident in his faith.
- All In – Your Call to Greatness: Addresses each man’s primary vocation and call to greatness. Discusses the positive characteristics men exhibit as protectors, builders, spiritual leaders, and fathers, and addresses each man’s journey to their specific vocation.
- Accept the Challenge - Are You Ready? Explores the changes in a young man's body as it prepares for fatherhood; including emotional changes; acceptance of responsibility; and the functions of the male and female reproductive system. Also explores healthy dating relationships with a strong emphasis on chastity and respect for themselves and others by appreciating the gift of sexuality and the beauty of friendship.
- Got Questions?: Confidential Q & A segment
Discussion leaders are Clergy, Specialists in Education and other Family Life Ministry trained volunteers. For boys ages 12-15.
Please check back for future dates or call the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 561-775-9557.
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