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Office for Marriage and Family Life

  • What is more important to the health of society than the health of the family?
  • What is more important to our personal happiness than the happiness of our families?
  • What is more important for evangelization than the holiness of families?

The answer to all these questions is NOTHING.

This is why it is so important for every one of us to understand what the family is called to be and to help the family become what it is.

While only a few of us were able to attend the eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015, all of us can support its aims.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family created a preparatory catechesis called Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive to help us do just that.

The Office for Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of Springfield, IL has created a ten-week program to help individuals, couples, and small groups read and reflect on what the Church teaches about marriage and the family so we can have stronger and happier families.

The materials include:

  • A copy of the booklet Love is Our Mission
  • A video to introduce each of the ten sessions
  • A reading guide for each session and
  • A reflection guide for individuals, couples, and small groups

The materials are free (parishes are asked to pay half the cost of the booklet for groups they organize).

This will be a great way to begin Lent and to extend your learning, prayer, reflection, and actions on behalf of the family through the Easter season.

As St. John Paul II said, "The future of humanity passes by way of the family." The biggest crisis today is the crisis in the family. Join the struggle to understand the mission of the family and help families become what they are supposed to be. 

pdfClick here to download the Love Is Our Mission booklet

Chapter Materials

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