Domestic Church

          "Family is the Fundamental Cell of Society"        Pope Francis



The Domestic Church is the church realized in the home (domicile).  Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” (Mt 18:20).  Wherever baptized Christians live, the Spirit of Christ is present and active there. Christian Faith lived within the context of the relationships that constitute the Domestic Church deepens, with all its joys and challenges, and communion with God and each other. The Spirit of Christ gives this communion expression in concrete acts of love and service.

In a special way, Christian Marriage is the foundation of the Domestic Church.  Through this sacrament, Christ makes the love between a woman and a man a participation in the love he bears for his Church.  This love is life-giving, usually raising children in the way of discipleship.  Therefore, we support strong marriages by offering pre-marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, training in Natural Family Planning methods, along with other services meaningful to families.

At the same time, the Domestic Church (households of faith) today take on many forms, which include persons who are single, divorced, widowed.  As St. John Paul II reminds us, “No one is without a family in this world:  The Church is a home and a family for everyone.”  We offer resources, community, and support to all Domestic Churches (households) and to every person in each Domestic Church (household), so that all of us may grow in our Christian vocation to live in communion, love, justice, and peace with God and all men and women.

“The Church’s concern for the family begins with good preparation and proper accompaniment of the bride and groom, as well as a faithful and clear presentation of Church doctrine on marriage and the family.  As a sacrament, Marriage is a gift from God and, at the same time, a commitment.” - Pope Francis

“The family home is rightly called the domestic church, a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity”—Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1666

“Insofar as you live your love for each other and for all with the help of God’s grace, you become a living Gospel, a true Domestic Church.”—Pope Benedict XVI

Domestic Church:
Socorro Truchan, Associate Director
Direct: (269) 903-0199

E-mail: struchan@dioceseofkalamazoo.org
 

  • by Pope Francis
    Dear families, With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.