Family Life

Model after the Holy Family

Holy Family, perfect model of a family“Thus the little domestic Church, like the greater Church, needs to be constantly and intensely evangelized: hence its duty regarding permanent education in the faith…the family, like the Church, ought to be a place where the Gospel is transmitted and from which the Gospel radiates…the future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home” (#51-52). -Familiaris Consortio

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

 

Saint Therese Parish, through the collaboration of all ministries including Family Life Ministry, is devoted to provide to all families young and old the support and formation they need to build up the domestic church in their homes and to foster a personal relationship with Christ within their families. We are devoted to helping our families grow deeper in the love, truth, and joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to share in God’s plan for the Dignity of Human Life from conception to natural death.

 

 

VISION:

 

  • Collaborate between Religious Education, Youth Ministry, Sacrament Preparation, and Family Life Ministries to provide a holistic formation and opportunities for growth to all members of the family.

  • Teach ways to make changes in our homes to create a Catholic Culture through creating a sacred space, cultivating beauty through music, art, and literature.

  • Create opportunities for families to spend time building intentional relationships with one another, with their church community, and most importantly with Jesus Christ.

  • Provide opportunities for families to serve together the greater community and give of themselves as gift to others in need.  

  • Provide opportunities for formation to nurture awareness of our responsibilities surrounding Family Life and Catholic Social Teaching as faithful (Natural Family Planning, Marriage, Abortion, End of life issues, Contraception, immigration, preferential option for the poor, etc.) in order to engage our families in embracing and understanding God’s plan for the Dignity of Human Life from conception to natural death.

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

  • Family Day Trips/Pilgrimages TBA

    • Off-campus bus trips to spend time as a family in prayer and fun to different locations around the state (Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, State Parks, Holy Hill, Camp Tekawitha, etc.)

  • Parent Date Night TBA

    • An evening of fun, fellowship, and formation, provided especially for married couples by the parish with childcare provided. Different topics of formation will be addressed along with a dinner and an element of entertainment cultivating goodness, truth, and beauty through music, dance, or a movie.

  • Family nights of Prayer TBA

    • In conjunction with Religious Education program and Youth Ministry providing special family nights of prayer for the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and special prayer services around certain seasons of the church such as Lent, Easter, or Advent.

  • Family Service Projects TBA

    • Opportunities for various service projects as a family to serve the greater community especially the poor and vulnerable. (blanket making night for the homeless, ornament making for the elderly, serving meals to the homeless, etc)

  • Family Formation opportunities TBA

    • Different nights of formation pertaining to different topics mentioned in the Family Life Ministry Vision and Mission statement.

  • Family Home Visits TBA

  • Supporting Families in need TBA

 
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