You are invited to join the Mission:  Joy of the Family!

Every human person is made for love.  All of us are called to a deep relationship with God and with others.  Family is the privileged place intended by God to be the school of love where we learn how to love God and others.  While no family is perfect, “family is the original cell of social life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 2207).  Whether we are single, married, ordained or consecrated, we all come from a family- our domestic church- and are invited to the family of families – the Catholic Church.

The Joy of the Family mission is a multi-year series of events and initiatives designed to inspire and assist us to more joyfully and fruitfully live out our vocations in our domestic church and/or in the Catholic Church. Check back here often for news and tips.

Initial events featured internationally known speaker and founder of joytob.org, Damon Owens, who addressed our true identity in Christ and our call to relationship with God and each other.  Click here for some highlights:

Pleasure, Happiness or Joy

The Joy to be: Identity in Christ

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that the Christian family is a community of faith, hope and charity (#2204) with an evangelizing and missionary task (#2205).  Parents have the primary responsibility and privilege for evangelizing their children, initiating them into the mysteries of the faith (#2225) and “the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God” (#2226). 

 

 

To help foster family prayer, Grace Cubes are being distributed to the parishes and diocesan schools to be given as a “welcome back from summer break” gift for families as a fun reminder of the importance of gathering for family meals and giving thanks to the Lord.