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 formation, marriage enrichment, training in Natural Family Planning methods, along with other services meaningful to families.
At the same time, households of faith today take on many forms, which include persons who are single, divorced, widowed, etc. As Blessed John Paul II reminded 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 households and every person in a household, so that all may grow in their Christian vocation to live in communion, love, justice, and peace with God and all men and women.
“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
Socorro Truchan, Associate Director
by Pope FrancisDear 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.