This Fall Season we are exploring what it means to be parish family. Use this page to begin your exploration.
Ave Explores: Catholic Family Life
Families of all sizes and types make up the backbone, not only of society but also the Church. The term “domestic church” dates back to the first century and relates to the home—the place where Catholics first learn about the faith and how to be a witness to God’s love.
Ave Explores: Catholic Family Life celebrates the beautiful diversity of families and their role in the Church. From singles to couples with many children and from priests and religious to grandparents and grandchildren, you learn how each family is called to holiness and to share their faith with the world.
Explore the 4 weeks of podcasts, videos and articles:
Advice from Pope Francis for families:
If the video above does not load right, click here to see Pope Francis on 'family spirit' from the Catholic News Service
Explore the links to the playlists and resources for our Seasons of Faith topics currently being offered but clicking on the buttons below.
Each season begins as a clean slate. Content is added as we begin and journey through each season.
Vocation and Path to Holiness
We come before You to praise
You and to thank You for the great gift of the family.
We pray to You for all families consecrated by the Sacrament of Matrimony.
May they rediscover each day the graces they have received,
and as small domestic churches,
may they know how to witness to Your presence and to the love with which Christ loves the Church.
We pray to You for all families faced with difficulty and suffering
caused by illness or circumstances of which only You know.
Sustain them and make them aware
of the path to holiness upon which You call them,
so that they might experience Your infinite mercy
and find new ways to grow in love.
We pray to You for children and young people.
May they encounter You and respond joyfully to the vocation You have in mind for them.
We pray for their parents and grandparents.
May they be aware that they are signs of the fatherhood and motherhood of God
in caring for the children who, in body and spirit,
You entrust to them, as well as in the experience of fraternity
that the family can give to the world.
Lord, grant that each family
might live their specific vocation to holiness in the Church
as a call to become missionary disciples,
in the service of life and peace,
in communion with our priests, religious, and all vocations in the Church.
Bless the World Meeting of Families in Rome.
(Prayer for the X World Meeting of Families
ROME, 22-26 June 2022)