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Year of the Family

 “The experience of love in families is a perennial source of strength for the life of the Church.” (AL, 88) 

In an effort to mark the fifth anniversary of his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis has declared this year a special dedication to families and to reflecting on the teachings of his exhortation. The Year of the Family runs in conjunction with the Year of St. Joseph, which focuses on Joseph of Nazareth as the devoted spouse and father.  

While things still look different, and this past year has been one of great loss, Pope Francis is calling us to dream forward and support families with love and mercy in all circumstances. In the words of Pope Francis, “the pandemic experience has highlighted the central role of the family as the domestic church and the importance of community ties between families. Such ties make the Church an authentic ‘family of families.’” Let us celebrate this special year by building stronger families and stronger faith communities. Join us in celebrating the joy of love in the family!  

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Anne & Joachim 1.0 Grandparents Workshops

Grandparents are vital at passing on the faith. Join us for an opportunity to talk about Pope Francis' vision of the role of grandparents, learn where your grandchildren are coming from, how to evangelize them, and some practical tools that can be used to pass on the faith. We have added a fifth workshop at Holy Martyrs in Medina. The cost is $10/person including brunch and a closing Mass.

The Anne and Joachim Workshops are being offered through the Vicar of Evangelization in collaboration with Offices of Missionary Discipleship, Marriage and Family Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Young Adult Ministry.

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Family Love Toolkit for Parishes

The Midwest U.S. Marriage and Family Ministry offices have developed a tool kit available for download and equipped for parishes to use to plan a local event in celebration of the World Meeting of Families and the culmination of the Year of the Family. The toolkit comes complete with event guidelines, planning tools, and social media posts for parishes to modify that can be used to implement three different models/formats of celebration. The ambitious parish might even implement the entire tool kit! 

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World Meeting of Families- Parish Toolkit

The Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life has produced a number of resources to assist you in the planning of your local parish events to celebrate the X World Meeting of Families. 

The World Meeting of Families event kit is available in multiple languages including the Pastoral Kit, Logo and Animation, Catechesis, Prayer, and Hymn from their website.  

Objectives for the Year of the Family

  • Share the content of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia more widely, to let “people experience the Gospel of the family as a joy that fills hearts and lives” (AL, 200). A family that discovers and experiences both the joy of having a gift, and of being a gift for the Church and society, “can become a light in the darkness of the world” (AL, 66). The world today certainly needs this light! 
  • Proclaim that the sacrament of marriage is a gift and contains in itself a transforming power of human love. For this purpose, pastors and families must journey together with a sense of co-responsibility and pastoral complementarity between the different vocations in the Church (cf. AL, 203). 
  • Enable families to become active agents of the family apostolate. To this end, “an effort at evangelization and catechesis inside the family” (AL, 200) is required, since a family of disciples turns into a missionary family. Make young people aware of the importance of formation in the truth of love and in the gift of self, with initiatives dedicated to them. 
  • Make young people aware of the importance of formation in the truth of love and the gift of self, with initiatives dedicated to them.
  • Broaden the vision and scope of the family apostolate to embrace a cross-cutting approach, including married couples, children, young people, the elderly and situations of family fragility. 

Amoris Laetitia Resources

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