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February 19, 2015

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Adult Enrichment Program – Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive

SPRINGFIELD — The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is launching a new adult enrichment program during Lent in support of the family.

Under the auspices of the Office for Marriage and Family Life, the program will run 10 weeks with a special emphasis for individuals, couples, and small groups. The program is designed to fit one’s personal schedule and pace.

The program was created by Springfield author and curriculum writer Kevin Aldrich of Blessed Sacrament Parish. It is based on the preparatory catechesis for the Eighth World Meeting of Families that will be held next September in Philadelphia and at which Pope Francis is scheduled to attend.

The catechesis, Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, is a 120-page booklet published by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family.

“It presents and reflects on all the important truths about marriage and the family in our day,” according to Carlos Tejeda, director of the diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life.

“St. John Paul II said, ’The future of humanity passes by way of the family.’ However, the biggest crisis today is the crisis in the family. Because the health of the family is key to the strength of society, to our personal happiness, and to evangelization, I hope we can do something to help our families be more fully alive,” said Aldrich. “The preparatory catechesis and the World Meeting Families are a perfect opportunity for each one of us to understand what the family is called to be and to help each family become that.”

The materials are free although parishes are asked to pay one-half the cost of the booklet for groups they organize. To examine the materials and register for the program, go to www.dio.org/familylife/liom.

The Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is 129 parishes in 28 counties in central Illinois.